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AIR FORCE December 10, 2009
Air Force Departure Lounge
Who's leaving after 20 or more years' service
WOFF Mark Hellyer
WOFF Brain Kennedy
WGCDR Reece Polmear
LAC Luke Strain
CPL June Keher
WOFF Jodie Graham
WOFF Cameron Dixon
FSGT John Kruger
By CPL Corinne Boer
A MIX of four disciplines was
taught to students to arm them-
selves with one of the ADF's best
defences against Improvised Ex-
plosive Devices (IED) on a course
held at Canungra from October 26-
The ADF Weapons Technical
Intelligence Team (WTI) Course
brings Defence students from intel-
ligence, explosive ordnance, crime
investigation and combat arms
together so they can provide timely
technical intelligence that will help
disrupt IED networks.
SO1 Training and Doctrine at the
Counter IED Task Force, WGCDR
Paul Muscat, said the course was
one of the ADF's highest training
priorities and was essential training
for a number of key positions within
the WTI network.
"The course targets the enemy's
IED network system by delivering
instruction in technical intelligence
to enable these networks to be dis-
rupted," WGCDR Muscat said.
"This is achieved through collection
and analysis of technical intelligence
that will lead to the defeat of the
IED threat to our troops."
The course was first run in
2008 and is continually evolv-
ing with visiting lecturers from the
Defence Science and Technology
Organisation, Defence Intelligence
Organisation and other subject mat-
ter experts within Defence providing
expertise and the latest information.
"It's a developing ADF capability
but the result is that it saves lives,"
WGCDR Muscat said.
Students learned to work in four-
man teams to gather weapons tech-
nical intelligence from explosive
ordnance, radios, vehicles and other
technical devices collected on the
battlefield. They gained an under-
standing of IED construction, what
to look for, how to collect and pre-
serve evidence, and to operate safely
in this complex environment.
The course consisted of a theory
component and a practical assess-
ment phase, with eight days in the
field where students participated in
'live scenarios' which were realistic
and challenging. Student CPL Jason
Prins said the field phase was espe-
"It was a new skill set and a
whole new experience that I haven't
been exposed to previously," CPL
"The IED threat is the most sig-
nificant threat that we face over-
seas and to be able to counter it by
establishing what enemy Tactics
Techniques and Procedures (TTPs)
are and modifying our own is a big
part of what the team will do."
CPL Prins advised anyone who
was considering the course to have
some knowledge of the IED threat
and be familiar with the current
threat in theatre before attending.
For more information, visit the ADF
Counter IED Task Force intranet site
THE Group Rent Scheme (GRS)
will be updated in April 2010 to keep
pace with the Australian rental mar-
ket.Director Housing and Removal
Policy Robert McKellar said the
changes would help Defence achieve
a long-standing policy to subsidise 50
per cent of the national cost of mem-
bers' rent. Defence currently subsidises
more than the intended 50 per cent.
The amount of the 2010 member
contributions adjustment is not yet
known. This will be calculated once
the rent paid by Defence for service
housing is adjusted in January.
Mr McKellar said bringing the
GRS adjustment forward to April
would complete the program to move
it closer to the time when the rent was
adjusted every year.
Under this program, adjustments
moved from November in 2007 to July
this year. From 2010, adjustments to
GRS contributions will occur annually
Mr McKellar said Defence provided
a minimum six weeks' notice of GRS
adjustments. The amount and exact
timing of the next GRS adjustment
will be provided in February via an all
units message and a DEFGRAM.
Information on housing assistance
is available on the Defence pay and
conditions website at www.defence.
gov.au/dpe/pac/ or on the Defence
Families Australia website at www.dfa.
By registering with Defence
Families Australia, families can access
information on ADF employment offer
changes as they occur.
JOINT Health Command has in-
troduced a new ADF Medicines For-
mulary that will significantly improve
pharmacy distribution processes and
bring the ADF in line with civilian
The new publication catalogues
the medicines routinely available to
Defence health practitioners for pre-
scribing to members.
SO1 Pharmacy WGCDR John
Hatfield said most ADF members would
notice little change.
"Most of the medicines in normal
use in the ADF are included in the
ADF Formulary but there will be some
changes," WGCDR Hatfield said.
"Some products which are not really
medicines will no longer be routinely
He said the most common examples
of these are dietary supplements and
"Typically there is little or no robust
evidence supporting the use of these
products as medicines," he said.
"Many ADF members will be sur-
prised to learn that some members had
been provided some of these products
in the past."
He said multiple brands of the same
medicines would no longer be available
and where there were many medicines
available to treat specific conditions
the range of those available would be
Joint Health Command health cen-
tres will also be able to obtain other
New health aid is
introduced to ADF
GRS moving on up in 2010
DURING January and February, many DCO offices
will host welcome day events for Defence families who
have recently moved. Events are being held at Sydney
on February 2, Amberley on February 4, Williamtown
on February 5, Townsville on February 20, Canberra on
February 27, and Brisbane on March 1, 5 and 10.
For more information on events in your location, visit
DCO welcomes you
MEMBERS of the Air Force Band will step off
on the nights of February 4-7 next year as a part of
more than 1500 musicians and other entertainers
coming from around the world for the 2010 Sydney
The star-studded spectacular will be held at the
Sydney Football Stadium.
The members will be part of a special ADF
band formed for the event.
Based on the annual military tattoos in
Edinburgh, the show is titled 'The Edinburgh
Military Tattoo -- Celebrating 60 years of Valour,
Mateship, Glory'. Its primary aim is to salute the
historically close ties between the Armed Forces of
Australia and the UK.
Australia's Federation Guard will also appear
alongside other drill display teams.
Organisers have announced that the Tattoo will
be the largest ever staged.
The stadium will be converted to the esplanade
of Edinburgh Castle as a $1 million replica of the
castle façade will provide the backdrop to the per-
For more information, including cost of tickets and
packages, visit www.edinburghtattooinaustralia.com.
au or www.ticketek.com.au
Military spectacle in Sydney
medicines when the healthcare needs of
individual ADF members cannot be met
with ADF Formulary medicines.
Commander Joint Health MAJGEN
Paul Alexander said the introduction
of the formulary was a long overdue
reform in ADF healthcare provision.
He said Defence could no longer
sustain an unconstrained medicines pro-
vision system -- something which no
other healthcare system in Australia has
Defence remains committed to
ensuring high quality healthcare and
will use the ADF Formulary to ensure
EASING THE PAIN: Pharmacist
FLGOFF Nicholas Williamson will
shortly be better placed to dispense
medication after the new medicines
guidelines are introduced.
Photo: CPL Mark McConnell
TECHINT: WGCDR Paul Muscat examines the remains of an IED in Afghanistan.
BLAST: Inset, a training IED demonstrates the threat faced by the ADF's EOD specialists.
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