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AIR FORCE February 4, 2010
Air Force Band
The band will perform as part of the Edinburgh
Military Tattoo 2010 from February 4-7. The Tattoo
is being held at the Sydney Football Stadium with
each show beginning at 8pm.
For more information on the Military Tattoo,
RAAF Museum Air Pageant
The RAAF Museum's biennial Air Pageant will be
held at Point Cook on February 28 from 9am with
flying starting at 1pm.
Aircraft on display will include the Mustang,
Kittyhawk, Sabre, Winjeel, Tiger Moth, Vampire,
Boomerang and Spitfire.
For more information on the event, visit www.
Relay for life volunteers
SGT Korey McGregor from RAAF Base Amberley
is calling for base personnel to form a team of
runners and walkers to participate in the annual
Cancer Council's Relay for Life.
The event will be held at Ipswich on March
27 and 28 and comprises teams of 10-15 people
participating in an overnight relay; walking or
running to raise money for the Cancer Council.
SGT McGregor, who is the team captain, has also
issued a challenge to the local Army unit, police,
ambulance and fire service to form teams and to
see who can complete the most laps over the 24-
Other bases and units are also encouraged to
get involved in the Australia-wide relay.
Details may be found at www.relayforlife.org.au
Air Training Corps reunion
Past cadets and staff of 30 Flight Air Training Corps
and 430 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets are
invited to attend a 30-year reunion on February 27.
The reunion will coincide with the 430
Squadron Freedom of Entry parade in the Macedon
Range to begin in Kyneton at 1.30pm.
The reunion will begin at 6.30pm at the Drill
Hall and attendees are encouraged to bring any
memorabilia of their time in the cadets. Those
unable to attend are encouraged to write a
short piece on their experiences and email it to
For more information, email the above address
or call (03) 5422 1073.
Sydney Veterans Expo
Members are invited to attend the Sydney Veterans
and Defence Expo at the Penrith Paceway on
The aim of the day is to inform the veteran and
Defence community about health and community
services, and to raise awareness in the general
public and veteran and Defence community of the
work carried out by ex-service organisations.
For more information, call (02) 9624 8188
By LAC Aaron Curran
IF YOU are looking for a chal-
lenge, to gain additional skill
sets or simply looking for a re-
freshing change, then an Any
Airman (ANYA) position may be
Up to 300 ANYA positions
are available and are recruiting
now, including: military skills
instructors (MSI); facilitator at the
School of Postgraduate Studies
(SPS); human intelligence opera-
tors within 1 Intelligence Coy;
Defence interviewer and careers
counsellor within Defence Force
Recruiting (DFR); consultancy
positions within the Air Force
Improvement Team (AFIT)
-- formerly Management Service
Agency (MSA); personnel man-
agers (PM) within Directorate
Personnel -- Air Force (DP-AF);
and numerous other instructional,
training development, safety and
bare base caretaker positions.
ANYA positions are open
to airmen of all ranks and mus-
terings and are in most posting
locations across Australia. ANYA
employment usually involves a
posting tenure of three years and
provides members with a range of
opportunities before returning to
Many members have found an
ANYA posting beneficial when it
comes to promotion or seeking a
new career path within Air Force.
One person who has benefit-
ed is SGT Damian Parslow, a
SECPOL military working dog
handler who is now an MSI at
"To me, a lot of myths about
being an MSI have been dis-
pelled," SGT Parlow said.
"I soon realised that being an
MSI is not so much about scream-
ing all day like drill instructors
of years gone by, but more about
teaching, developing and man-
aging a very dynamic group of
He is a Recruit Flight Section
Commander and is responsible
for the welfare and management
of not only four NCOs, but up to
80 recruits as well.
In an entirely different role is
SGT Natalie Payne, a facilita-
tor at the School of Postgraduate
Studies Detachment Amberley.
"As a facilitator you will be
expected to facilitate discussions
on a variety of topics," she said.
"These include decision mak-
ing, problem solving, communi-
cation, leader focus, responsibil-
ity, teamwork and more."
She also delivers lessons,
some of which include subordi-
nate development, the Defence
Force Disciplinary Act, admin-
istrative sanctions, equity, drill,
SGT Payne said this had
helped her grow personally and
professionally and urged oth-
ers who have a genuine desire to
further develop themselves and
assist in the development of oth-
ers to consider facilitating.
FSGT Penny Baker is
another convert to ANYA and
is currently a PM at DP-AF in
In her first year as a PM she
was responsible for the aircraft
life support fitter, carpenter, elec-
trician, general hand, plant opera-
tor, plumber and work supervisor
"I absolutely love it," FSGT
Baker said. "The day-to-day duties
of a PM are completely different to
anything I had ever done. Normally
I would come into work knowing
what was on the agenda for the
week, but this job can be very reac-
tive and each day can be different."
In DP-AF there are more than
30 PMs covering all musterings
and categories, assisting in the
needs of not only the PAF/Reserves
airmen and officer workforce but
also the needs of the wider ADF.
"A PM's main role is to facil-
itate posting action to Air Force
members across Australia and
overseas and we always endeavour
to provide as much information
to members as possible so they
can manage and balance their own
careers," she said.
"This is an awesome job with
amazing challenges and so far this
has been the highlight of my career."
There are many other success
stories of Air Force personnel who
have taken on ANYA positions,
such as CPL Ben Hodge, who is
on his second posting to Australia's
Federation Guard; CPL Kylie
Davis, who is in DFR; and FSGT
Mick Reichardt, who has spent
the past three years at AFI and
improved his academic qualifica-
tions along the way.
All these profiles can be viewed
on the Air Force People Central
under the Career Progression/
ANYA profile tab.
IF YOU decide that an ANYA position in 2011, or earlier, is
for you, act now as the Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for
most positions are out and start to close in March.
All ANYA positions are advertised through Air Force
People Central via EOI where all the requirements are out-
lined. EOIS are submitted electronically.
FSGT Trent McIntosh, the ANYA PM, said the new
electronic EOI system was designed to eliminate wast-
age and streamline the application process for units and
chains of command.
"As ANYA positions are much sought-after I encour-
age all members to read the guidance contained within
the EOI before submitting it to ensure it is as competi-
tive as possible," he said.
THE DRUM: Drummers from the Federation
Guard Military Precision Drill Team
demonstrate their skills. Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
NEW FOCUS: Members of a sergeants'
promotion course at the School of
Postgraduate Studies, RAAF Base Wagga.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
How to apply
Craig Pettit, a
during a physical
at RAAF Base
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