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May 27, 2010
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AN AIR FORCE couple has reached a
significant milestone -- clocking up 70
years combined military service between
But for one half of this Surveillance
and Response Group duo, the days of
ironing blue shirts are over.
92WG Executive Warrant Officer
WOFF Rob Eley has decided to
retire after completing 40 years serv-
ice on January 11. His wife, 1 Radar
Surveillance Unit administration officer,
WOFF Sandy Nicholson, clocked up 30
years just a few months earlier.
WOFF Eley joined in 1970 as a com-
munications sailor in the Navy. At 16,
he served in the Vietnam War onboard
In 1980 he joined the Air Force, and
continued to work as a communications
operator until 1992 when he came across
a Warrant Officer Disciplinary (WOD)
"It looked like a fantastic job and I
thought it looked like something I would
enjoy," WOFF Eley said.
He entered the WOD world and
worked at the RAAF School of Radio
and the RAAF College at RAAF
Williams before moving to Canberra
to take up a three-year posting at the
Australian Defence Force Academy until
"That was among the highlights of
my Air Force career; I enjoyed working
with over a thousand cadets and watch-
ing them progress into fine young offic-
ers," he said.
"There have been some emotional
highlights, including in 2007 when I
travelled to Papua New Guinea to assist
in the burial of 16 people killed in a
WWII Dakota aircraft crash."
When he was a SGT, WOFF Eley
met up with then CPL Sandy Nicholson
at a 'pay night disco' in 1989. They con-
tinued a long-distance relationship for 18
months, and 21 years later they are hap-
pily married and living in Adelaide.
Eleys' 70 years
LONG LEGACY: WOFF Robert Eley removes his tie in
anticipation of retiring after serving 40 years in the ADF. By his
side is wife WOFF Sandy Nicholson. Together the couple have
served a combined total of 70 years in the ADF.
Photo: LACW Shannon McCarthy
WOFF Nicholson joined the Air
Force in November 1979 as a Personnel
Selection Assessor (PSA). She was
promoted to SGT in 1989 and became
one of only two PSA SGTs in the Air
Force. When the mustering disbanded
in 1994, she remustered to a clerk. From
2004 to 2007, she instructed at the
School of Postgraduate Studies at Wagga
and was OIC of the SGT and WOFF
"I was very proud of her when she
received an ACAUST commendation for
the ownership, redevelopment and suc-
cessful implementation of the seven-day
SGT course," WOFF Eley said.
WOFF Eley plans to spend his new-
found time volunteering for community
groups in the Adelaide area.
"Oh, and I'll be growing a goatie,"
he added with a smile.
Members of RAAF Base Edinburgh
conducted a Freedom of Entry
to the City of Playford parade in
Elizabeth, Adelaide, on May 8. The
Mayor of Playford, Martin Lindsell,
JP (pictured above), inspected
the parade and spoke to some of
the airmen involved. The right of
Freedom of Entry is a traditional
honour exercised to demonstrate
the strong bond held between the
base and the local community.
Come on in,
Photo: ACW Nichola Freeman
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