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AIR FORCE February 4, 2010
By LAC Aaron Curran
AIR FORCE Training Group (AFTG) has increased
the wings under its command from three to four,
with the splitting of Ground Training Wing (GTW)
from RAAF College (RAAFCOL) on December 1.
AFTG previously comprised three wings -- RAAF
College, Air Training Wing (ATW) and Reserve
Training Wing (RTW).
Incoming Executive Officer GTW WGCDR Jo
Elkington said the previous workload of RAAFCOL
and its Commandant (COMDT) was unsustainable.
"One GPCAPT had to look after a chain of com-
mand of up to nine COs around Australia that were
distributed as 17 elements," WGCDR Elkington said.
"They are all busy units due to their sheer volume
of work and individual specialities, and that created
a high requirement for staff work, making things dif-
ficult and inefficient."
Previously, HQ RAAFCOL supported and com-
manded all the ground elements of training but the
span of control for the COMDT was too broad and
complex, resulting in a high rate of effort that was
unsustainable in the long term.
"In mid-July 2008 a meeting was held with AFTG
HQAC and AFHQ," WGCDR Elkington said.
"From that meeting came the agreement to do the
RAAFCOL and GTW split the various schools and
training establishments between them to improve the
quality of development, conduct and evaluation of ab-
initio military training, Initial Employment Training
(IET), post-IET and promotion courses.
"The aim is to enhance Air Force and the wider
ADF capability," she said.
"Combat Survival Training School has been moved
from ATW to GTW. This helped the overall span of
control for AFTG wings by reducing ATW by one
With the split, GTW still has the distance between
the units to contend with. With the HQ based in RAAF
Base Wagga, it has three units at Sydney and at RAAF
Bases Amberley and Townsville.
"One of the biggest challenges we have faced
involves finding suitable facilities for HQ GTW,"
WGCDR Elkington said.
"Another was the huge workload and attention to
detail to get this up and running."
Former Director Personnel -- Air Force, GPCAPT
Bob Rodgers, is the new COMDT of RAAFCOL with
GPCAPT Christopher Crowley taking leadership of
"Both GPCAPTs have previously had postings as
unit COs within AFTG.
"So by taking on these positions, they will captial-
ise on their experience within their respective wings.
They have also worked together closely within PERS
Branch of AFHQ as DP-AF and DPCM-AF," she said.
AC Andrew Kelly
with the new
sign at RAAF Base
Wagga. GTW split
from RAAF College
in December and
AC Kelly was the
first member posted
into the new GTW.
Behind him is
Jo Elkington and
from RAAF College.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
AFTG splits into four
HQ RAAFCOL (Wagga)
1 Recruit Training Unit (Wagga)
School of Postgraduate Studies (Wagga)
Officers' Training School (East Sale)
Air Force Band (Williams)
Defence International Training Centre
Ground Training Wing
HQ GTW (Wagga)
RAAF School of Technical Training
RAAF School of Administration and
Logistics Training (Wagga)
Defence Explosive Ordnance Training
School (Orchard Hills)
RAAF Security and Fire School
Combat Survival Training School
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