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AIR FORCE April 1, 2010
RAAF Base Darwin resounded to the
rattle of small arms fire and flash and
smoke of pyrotechnics as its person-
nel repulsed attacks from an enemy
determined to seize or destroy vital
assets on the base.
The ground combat was not
an invasion but the participants in
Exercise Emu Run, the base's annual
military skills training exercise, which
was held from March 2 to 11.
About 140 personnel took part.
The forces of good comprised person-
nel from 321 Expeditionary Combat
Support Squadron (321ECSS), 114
Mobile Control Reporting Unit
(114MCRU) and headquarters 396
Expeditionary Combat Support Wing.
Specialist personnel from 321ECSS
and 114MCRU participated as the
Blank ammunition firing, along
with pyrotechnics, was included in the
practical phases of the exercise.
CO 321ECSS WGCDR Noel
Hinschen said that the exercise was a
refresher training course, in which air-
men and airwomen participate each year.
It combined classroom instruction
and a series of specific scenarios; there
was no free-play.
They included the protection of
vital Defence assets in the area, fighting
the enemy -- to ensure the security of
each other, as well as the protection of
"All Air Force members involved
in Expeditionary Combat Support and
not just those employed in specialist
Force Protection roles need to be able
to perform the duties necessary to pro-
tect vital Air Force assets, if required,
when involved in operational tasks,"
WGCDR Hinschen said.
"The theory instruction encom-
passed the same military skills that
were being reinforced to all members.
This theory was partially presented
prior to the field phase in a classroom
environment and then throughout the
field phase as well.
"This year the training was
designed to provide an increased focus
on the command and leadership roles
of the senior airmen and junior offic-
ers, while providing vital asset protec-
tion. The training exercise progressed
extremely well with considerable
improvement achieved in the military
skills knowledge and capability of all
The exercise is conducted annually
at all bases for all personnel involved
in expeditionary combat support roles.
By FLTLT Skye Smith
79SQN was on show when
it opened its hangar doors
to family and friends at
RAAF Base Pearce on
The open day was the
most successful in many
years with more than 350
visitors getting a glimpse into
the life and work of the Hawk
Static displays of a MK-
127 Hawk, PC-9/A, CHC
S-76 helicopter, aircraft life
support and hangar statics
proved to be a crowd pleaser
and allowed visitors to get up
close and personal.
The Hawk Simulator also
got a work out, with many
trying their hand at 'flying' the
lead-in fighter training jet.
The open day highlighted
the different capabilities
Pearce has on offer with vari-
ous elements on the base
showing off their assets and
Military working dogs and
Transfield Services fire sec-
tion provided demonstrations
throughout the day.
FLTLT Aaron De Passey,
SGT Narelle Paine and
LACW Emma Ramsdale
showed off their face paint-
ing skills, which proved very
popular among the younger
CO 79SQN WGCDR
Bernard Grealy said the
open day provided the
friends and family of 79SQN
members with an insight into
the daily workings of the unit.
"The open day was a
great opportunity for mem-
bers to proudly show off their
skills and have a bit of fun as
well," he said.
Deadly role play 79SQN
ARTISTIC TOUCH: LACW
Emma Ramsdale at work.
SMOKE CLEARS: Pyrotechnics, coupled with blank ammunition firing by the fictitious enemy (one seen
above), provided a challenge to the 140 participants of Exercise Emu Run.
Photo: ABIS James Whittle
ALERT: Personnel simulated numerous
enemy attacks. Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
mans a weapons
pit, keeping a
lookout during the
Left, CPL Scott
Wadwell and ACW
keep watch for
Photos: ABIS James
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