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May 13, 2010
FLTLT Skye Smith
CPL Jarrod Hughes' first aid training kicked
into action when he assisted a victim of a
motor vehicle accident on his way to work.
CPL Hughes from 278SQN at RAAF
Base Williamtown administered mouth-to-
mouth resuscitation to the victim, allow-
ing him the greatest chance of survival by
sustaining him until professional medical
Commander Air Combat Group
AIRCDRE Mel Hupfeld commended the
aircraft technician with a Certificate of
Merit for his quick thinking
"This act of humanity has earned you
the highest respect from those around
you and from the medical profession-
als in attendance at the accident scene,"
AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.
"Your ability to keep calm under pres-
sure and act willingly to assist a member
of the public in a stressful and highly emo-
tional situation is admirable."
CPL Hughes' quick and calm think-
ing provided the victim's family with the
opportunity to be with him during his final
hours. He died later in hospital.
"This spontaneous thought for the safe-
ty of others, professionalism and human
kindness are in keeping with the highest
traditions of Air Combat Group and the Air
Force," AIRCDRE Hupfeld said.
ACW Leanne Daniels
CORPORAL Jay Luckman and Military Working Dog
(MWD) Max from RAAF Base Darwin have won the
Bill Perret Trophy for excellence in MWD handling for
the second year running.
CPL Luckman said he was extremely happy to
receive the prestigious award again.
"The top dogs from each section are selected to be
assessed for the trophy, and to come out on top for two
years in succession has to be a significant highlight of
my career as a handler," CPL Luckman said.
"I was proud to have won it in 2008, and to have
won it again in 2009 is unbelievable. Max and I will
again be assessed for it this year and we'll have to see
if we can do it three years in a row."
He thanked his fellow handlers.
"I think it's important that the help and mentorship
I've received from fellow handlers over the years is
acknowledged," he said.
"Without their help, Max and I would not have
been able to achieve what we have."
Commander Combat Support Group AIRCDRE
Noddy Sawade presented CPL Luckman with the
award on March 18.
"I congratulate CPL Luckman and Max on winning
the trophy once again," AIRCDRE Sawade said.
"It is significant and well-deserved recognition for
the hard work and effort put in not only by Jay and
Max, but by all the teams."
The runner-up was LAC Jason Kelly and his dog,
Wasabi, also from Darwin.
The award took place at RAAF Base Amberley
during a ceremony to rededicate the Military Working
Dog Memorial Wall, which had deteriorated due to
weather. The memorial was originally dedicated in
2001 to commemorate the sacrifice of MWDs who
have died in the line of duty.
AIR FORCE BAND
May 17: An Air Force Band chamber
group will perform as part of the
RAAF Museum special opening from
2pm at Point Cook.
May 19: The Ceremonial Band will
support the 1RTU graduation parade
at RAAF Base Wagga from 11am.
May 20: The Low Brass Ensemble
will give a student music workshop
at Presbyterian Ladies' College,
Burwood Highway, Melbourne at
May 21: The Air Force Jazz
Ensemble will support the RAAF
Base Wagga Officers' Mess Ball at
Fast aid commended
WON AGAIN: CPL Luckman and Max with their
second Bill Perret trophy. Photo: LAC Dan Pinhorn
ADMIRABLE: Commander Air Combat Group AIRCDRE
Mel Hupfeld presents 278SQN's CPL Jarrod Hughes with
his Certificate of Merit.
Photo: LACW Katharine Pearson
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