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AIR FORCE February 4, 2010
THE AUSTRALIAN Defence Force Acad-
emy's ACME Racing Team achieved its best
results with its new car at the Society of Au-
tomotive Engineers competition at Hoppers
Crossing in Melbourne in December.
The team gained second spot in the presenta-
tion event and ninth in the design event. Twenty-
two teams entered.
The last time the ACME team placed was in
2005 when it gained a third in the acceleration
The team's facilitator, Dr Warren Smith, said
this was the first time the team had broken into
the top 10 in design.
"We took a young team to the competition
with the majority being first and second-year
students. They will return next year to build on
the foundations laid in 2009," Dr Smith said.
Dr Smith said he would welcome more stu-
dents and staff from all disciplines at ADFA to
become involved in the team.
"When those close to the team saw how
much work was still to be done in November, it is
a credit to all of the involved students and support-
ing staff that the car was finished and the students
of ACME Racing participated in the competition.
"As perhaps the most complex, predominate-
ly undergraduate systems realisation project,
much learning and education is achieved through
being a part of the team -- and there is a place for
all students; arts, business, science, engineering
and technology," he said.
By WGCDR Rob Etchells
TWENTY-eight Air Force and 13 foreign air
force officers were among the 176 officers
who graduated from the Australian Command
and Staff College (ACSC) on December 3.
The graduation ceremony was held at the
Australian Defence Force Academy and was
the climax of the intensive 11-month course.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin awarded the
Air Force prizes.
The Chief of Air Force Prize, for the Air
Force officer who achieves the best overall
results on the course, was awarded to WGCDR
Howard Edwards (RAF). He is a Tornado
pilot who has had operational experience on
Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served
alongside the RAAF's F/A-18 detachment.
SQNLDR Ashley Howell received the Air
Vice Marshal Reynolds Prize, which is award-
ed to the course member who achieves the
best result for their Exercise Reynolds Defence
paper submission, thereby contributing to the
development of ADF air power capability.
FLTLT Sheena Oldridge beat
31 ADF and foreign military
officers when she was named
Student of Merit and won
prizes for being the top stu-
dent for five out of the eight
academic subjects studied on
the 2009 Capability and Tech-
nology Management Program
at the Capability and Technol-
ogy Management College.
The Student of Merit award
is awarded to the student with
the overall highest results
across all academic and mili-
tary activities studied under the
The course, formerly
known as the Australian
Technical Staff Officer
Course, is a demanding year-
long technical staff college
program that prepares select-
ed career officers for appoint-
ments as capability technol-
ogy managers and project
leaders within the Defence
capability management con-
Side by side
with the best
FLTLT beats foreign field for honours
SQNLDR Emma Lovett took the Sir Richard
Williams Prize, for the course member who best
demonstrates oratory excellence during the single
The graduating officers received a range of
qualifications from the ACSC and the University
of New South Wales, including Graduate
Diploma in Management in Defence Studies,
Graduate Diploma in Strategic Defence Studies,
Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies, Master of
Arts in Strategy and Policy, and Master of Arts in
Strategy and Management.
ADFA star car
raises the bar
A WELL-OILED MACHINE: A team photo in the ADFA pit area.
Photo: courtesy ADFA
ORATORY EXCELLENCE: SQNLDR Emma
Lovett is awarded the Sir Richard Williams
Prize by CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin.
Photo: courtesy ACSC
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