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AIR FORCE February 4, 2010
RAIN was no deterrent for the residents
of Salisbury when RAAF Base Edin-
burgh exercised its right of Freedom of
Entry to the city on November 21.
The parade marked the 21st anniver-
sary since the city granted the base its
privilege of Freedom of Entry on March
The right in November was bestowed
upon 250 officers and airmen as well as
several Edinburgh-based Army and Navy
personnel, many of whom have served
in the Middle East Area of Operations
The Air Force Ensign, Squadron
Standards of 10, 11 and No. 24 (City
of Adelaide) SQNs, and 92WG and
the Governor-General's Banners of the
Aircraft Research and Development
Unit and Institute of Aviation Medicine
were paraded. Many other units on
base and the Air Force Band provided
GPCAPT Reg Carruthers, the OC
Aerospace Operational Support Group
and Senior Australian Defence Force
Officer for South Australia, led the
WOFF Stephanie Jacobs was the
parade Warrant Officer.
The Mayor of Salisbury, Gillian
Aldridge, took the salute and the parade
was challenged by Chief Inspector Kym
Zander of the local South Australia
GPCAPT Carruthers said Edinburgh
and the community of the City of
Salisbury were entering a new and excit-
"With approximately 1200 Army per-
sonnel and support staff arriving within
12 months, it presents a fantastic oppor-
tunity for further growth and develop-
ment for this dynamic community,"
GPCAPT Carruthers said.
By LAC Aaron Curran
RAAF Base East Sale has reinforced its
association with the indigenous people
of Gippsland with a visit to the base by
On November 17, 12 indigenous
youth and three mentors from the Gunai/
Kurnai people of East Gippsland spent
the day at the School of Air Warfare
They received briefings by CO
WGCDR Jake Campbell and XO
SQNLDR Phil Wade and a tour of the
schools simulators and facilities, con-
cluding with an afternoon tea.
"The highlight for them was a flight
in a 32SQN King Air 350 over the
Lakes area of East Gippsland," WGCDR
"The visit also allowed SAW and the
Gunai/Kurnai people to build upon the
relationship that started when SAW was
established in 2008."
In January 2008, chief elder Albert
Mullet handcrafted two Mongili war-
fighting spears for presentation to the
then CAF, AIRMSHL Geoff Shepherd,
at the Air Combat Officer (ACO) transi-
tion ceremony. These spears are now on
display at SAW and are also on the unit's
"Those spears represent the war-fight-
ing skills required of ACOs and observ-
ers and are an integral part of the SAW
badge," WGCDR Campbell said.
"Our relationship with the Gunai/Kurnai
people is also represented throughout SAW
through the social club that we call the
Mongili Club; the Mission Command
award presented to ACO graduates is called
Salisbury's open arms
East Sale builds on
its indigenous ties
RAIN DOESN'T DAMPEN PARADE: Above, GPCAPT Reg Carruthers leads members from RAAF Base
Edinburgh during the Freedom of the City march through Salisbury, Adelaide; left, a young Adelaide Crows fan
waves as the parade passes.
Photos: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
the Mongili Award and the students are pre-
sented a Mongili spear."
After the visit, one of the mentors rang
the visit organiser, SGT Dave Salerman.
"He told me the students hadn't stopped
talking about it and they thought the visit
was fantastic," SGT Salerman said.
"Many of the youth had a limited view
on career options, but the visit to SAW gave
them a much broader perspective on that."
Before the visit, personnel from SAW
visited Krowathunkooloong, the Keeping
Place in Bairnsdale, which provides a
central focus for the education, cultural
talks and activities such as boomerang
throwing of the Gunai/Kurnai people.
"SAW will continue to promote these
joint activities and be active in provid-
ing Air Force recruiting information to
those youth that present an active inter-
est in a Defence Force career," WGCDR
"The feedback from their visit was
positive and the youth are now much
more aware of what the ADF, and in par-
ticular the Air Force, has to offer."
SAW ARM: SAW's SQNLDR Brett
Mitchell tries his hand at throwing
a boomerang during a visit to the
Gurnai/Kurnai People in Bairnsdale.
Photo: CPL Col Dadd
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