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AIR FORCE November 12, 2009
GETTING Christmas mail to and
from loved ones on deployment is a pri-
ority for Defence and Australia Post.
To provide this critical link during
periods of heavy domestic Christmas
traffic, all mail addressed to AFPOs
should reach the Australia Post Defence
Mail Facility in Sydney no later than
All mail addressed to AFPOs 2, 5,
and 11 should reach the Australia Post
Defence Mail Facility in Sydney no later
than December 11.
The best advice is get in early but,
if there is any doubt, senders within
Australia should check with their local
Australia Post retail outlet, customer call
centre on 13 13 18 or visit the Australia
Post website at www.auspost.com.au to
determine an appropriate posting date
from their location to meet the closing
Deployed forces should check with
their local AFPO to determine an appro-
priate posting date from their location.
Remember that material that might
be considered a family joke or routine-
ly humorous or simply everyday in the
home context may not be acceptable or
may be prohibited in certain countries.
All mail is subject to border scrutiny.
Items such as alcohol, women's maga-
zines or other types of publications can
cause offence in some locations.
Make sure all customs documentation
Get ready to send all your
Christmas ADDRESS REQUIREMENTS
For land-based personnel:
Serial Number, Rank, Initials,
Operation (add name)
AFPO (add number)
FORCES NSW 2890
For those serving aboard HMA
Serial Number, Rank, Initials,
Name of HMA Ship
FORCES NSW 2890
In the case of west-based
HMA Ships: PERTH WA 6958
and declarations are filled out correctly
and attached to the parcel. Also make
sure to have proof of identity when post-
ing a parcel. If the parcel doesn't comply
with international mail security require-
ments it may be held up or be rejected by
Remember that mail sent via the
Defence network is restricted to per-
sonal mail only for Defence personnel or
approved agencies working with Defence
and may not attract international rates
of postage. These arrangements do not
cater for any material of a humanitarian
or goodwill nature. These items attract
normal international rates of postage and
should be sent via the civilian mail sys-
THE PUBLIC, and particularly
young Australians, will gain a bet-
ter insight into the world and work
of the Air Force after Air Force
Headquarters recently launched
its exciting new online TV show
The show is primarily intended
to target the online youth audience.
"Just as the afterburners on our
jets provide a significant increase
in thrust, Afterburn provides a sig-
nificant increase in access and expo-
sure to the amazing young men and
women that make Air Force what
it is," said FSGT Ben Wright, the
Afterburn has been designed and
produced purely for the web and is
hosted on the Air Force YouTube
"The series aims to give a
relaxed, honest, fun and insightful
look at Air Force life. It's not meant
to be perfect and it's not scripted;
the important thing to remember
is that our people are airmen not
actors," FSGT Wright said.
"The intent of Afterburn is to fig-
uratively 'open the gates' to the Air
Force and give the public unprec-
edented access to the great people,
and the exciting lives they all lead
by being part of the Air Force team.
"We plan to show them things
that they would never normally get
to see and tell some of the amazing
stories that never make it out into
the mainstream media."
The first episode profiles
OFFCDT John-Paul Thorbjornsen
from the Australian Defence Force
Academy (ADFA). OFFCDT
Thorbjornsen discusses his experi-
ences at ADFA, his dreams for the
future, and he also dispels some
common myths he encountered
when going through the recruiting
process to join as a pilot.
Future episodes will highlight the
many musterings and categories that
make up the Air Force workforce.
While members may be
approached, participation in the
show is strictly voluntary and all
material is unclassified.
FSGT Wright said that another
Air Force craft was showcased on
"All the music in Afterburn has
been composed and performed by
the highly-skilled musicians of the
Air Force Band. This type of pro-
duction gives the band a real oppor-
tunity to show how versatile they
really are," he said.
"The fact that Afterburn is aimed
directly at the teenage audience ena-
bles the band to be innovative and
experiment with genres they would
never normally have the opportunity
Check out Episode 1 on the Air
Force YouTube Channel: www.
Got an idea for a future epi-
sode? Email your idea to raafweb.
Air Force life
AIR FORCE needs your help to
add some more names to a new hon-
our roll to be included on the Air
Force internet site.
The honour roll lists well-known
Australians who have used their air-
manship principles to excel in other
fields of service to the nation.
Some names on the list include
former prime ministers John Gorton
(FLTLT pilot) and Gough Whitlam
(FLTLT navigator); late actor Bud
Tingwell (FLTLT pilot); and more
recently, Red Bull Air Racer Matt Hall
(WGCDR pilot). Lacking from the list
are names of former enlisted airmen
The honour roll categories are cur-
rently Vice-Regal, Politics, Judiciary,
Culture and Sport. However, there
are most likely to be other categories
added over time, such as Volunteer
Organisations and Medical.
If you know any former members
who have gone on to contribute to
Australian society after leaving the
Air Force, email all the details to raaf.
Name our famous airmen
FIRST STAR OF THE SHOW: The debut episode of Air Force's new online TV show, Afterburn, profiles
OFFCDT John-Paul Thorbjornsen, his life as an ADFA cadet and dreams for the future as a fast-jet pilot.
Afterburn is hosted on the Air Force YouTube Channel (shown inset).
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
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