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AIR FORCE February 18, 2010
RAAF Base Amberley was a sea of
blue berets recently when 71 airfield
defence guards (ADGs) graduated in
one of the largest ADG parades in re-
More than 200 guests cheered on the
new ADG graduates, of which 52 were
trainees and 19 graduating junior and
senior non commissioned officers.
AIRCDRE John Meier from
Headquarters Joint Operations
Command, who is a former ground
defence officer, reviewed the parade.
CO RAAF Security and Fire School
WGCDR Simon Sauer congratulated the
"The 15-week long basic course is
physically and mentally demanding, and
all the graduates should be very proud
of their achievements," WGCDR Sauer
"This large graduation is also a
reflection on the school's profession-
al and dedicated instructors. Without
their tireless efforts [the school] would
not have enabled 52 of the initially 61-
strong course to graduate."
Also watching the large parade with
pride was ADG WOFF John Collins
whose son James graduated into the
WOFF Collins was in the Permanent
Air Force as an ADG for 26 years before
transferring to the reserves. He said that
watching James graduate was as proud a
moment as the day he was born and the
day he graduated from recruit training.
He said that James had always
enjoyed outdoors activities, such as
camping and hunting, and had taken an
interest in his ADG career.
"From a young age, James often
visited my work and would try to imi-
tate other airman doing ground defence
training. He attended some training
camps in Wagga and had a stint in the
Air Cadets," WOFF Collins said.
Oh what a feeling, we're aircrew
"When he was working in a facto-
ry as a welder I would remind him of
how he enjoyed being outside and that
by being in the Air Force he could be
involved in various tasks at different
locations around Australia and overseas.
"He enjoyed the comradeship he
noticed around my workplaces and we
talked about the sporting opportunities
as he is a very gifted league and golf
"I think to have your child join the
services is a most gratifying and proud
experience for any parent. The fact that
he chose to be an ADG was very gratify-
ing," he said.
AC Collins has been posted to 2
Airfield Defence Squadron.
Award winners for the course were:
AC Brett Murphy (Dux), AC Jesse
Stanfield (Most improved), AC Damien
Draeger (Physical Training Instructor
award) and Number 2 Section command-
ed by CPL Luke Grego (Best Overall
Survive the cold this winter
By FLGOFF Ben Cowan
WHILE many people will hit the
slopes to ski or snowboard this win-
ter, a select group of aircrew mem-
bers will be just trying to survive.
They will be taking part in a two-
day Cold Weather Survival (CWS)
course conducted by the Combat
Survival Training School (CSTS).
Places for the course are still open.
The course is held twice a year
at Dinner Plains, near Mt Hotham.
It is designed to train aircrew and
other selected personnel who may
be forced down or separated from
assistance for survival in, and ulti-
mate rescue from, a cold weather,
Students gain valuable practical
survival training in constructing shel-
ters, fires and procuring water in cold
weather. These skills complement the
student's ability to evade an enemy
and be recovered from a potentially
hostile and cold area of operations.
CSTS is taking advance expres-
sions of interest for CWS courses
scheduled for mid-August.
Contact FLTLT Ben Kurylowicz from
CSTS on (07) 4752 1501 or ben-
Six new crew attendants have celebrated entering
the airman aircrew ranks after earning their brevets
at Fairbairn on January 28. They are pictured above
jumping for joy in front of a 34SQN BBJ after their basic
course graduation parade. From left is LAC Bradley
Crombie and LACWs Sarah Hurley, Courtney Hutt,
Millyssa Johnston, Stacey Lesbirel and Kelli Schneider.
Right, they continue to celebrate on the steps of their
new office. The crew attendants graduated in front of
family and friends, as well as CAF AIRMSHL Mark
Binskin and Commander Air Lift Group AIRCDRE John
Photos: LAC Aaron Curran
BLUE PRIDE: ADG graduate AC
Ardan Knapp joins his course mates
in donning his new beret during the
Photos: ACW Jessica Smith
RIGHT ON: As right marker, LAC
Stephen Watson leads the ADG
graduation course as they perform an
'eyes right' on parade.
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