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The Air Intelligence
-- linguist and
Casper, the AIEG
musterings will be
combined into one
three streams. All
streams will be
within Air Force,
and their training
will better prepare
them for future
will also have
a new training
continuum to better
prepare them for
future roles and
First ISR cadets
OFF WE GO: AIRCDRE Mike Bennett,
centre, sends off the first two members
to undertake ISR training with the
USAF, FSGT Gary Anderson, left, and
SGT Rob Hack. Photo: FSGT John Carroll
GRADUATES from the RAAF
School of Technical Training
(RAAFSTT) at RAAF Base Wagga
paid an historic but little used mark
of respect to a visitor on May 6.
They presented a Royal Salute
to former CDF ACM Sir Neville
McNamara (ret'd) in respect to
his title as a Knight of the British
Sir Neville (pictured above)
was attending the parade to watch
his grandson, Tristan Vercoe, a
Navy Seaman aviation technician,
graduate from RAAFSTT.
Speaking after the ceremony,
Sir Neville said that he had last
visited Wagga in 1984 when he
was CDF. He had attended the
passing-out parade for the first Air
Force technicians after they had
changed from apprentices.
He was impressed with the drill
of his grandson's parade and was
very proud of Tristan's achieve-
to Sir Neville
TWO airmen from the Air Force's
Air Intelligence Employment Group
(AIEG) have become the first to un-
dertake Intelligence, Surveillance
and Reconnaissance (ISR) training
with the United States Air Force.
Signals operator technical
FSGT Gary Anderson and photog-
rapher SGT Rob Hack have just
commenced three months of ISR
training and accreditation with the
USAF's 480th ISR Wing in Norfolk,
Director General Strategy and
Policy AIRCDRE Mike Bennett
said the new training would comple-
ment the initiatives Air Force started
under Project Casper.
"It's to create a more robust
and integrated intelligence and ISR
workforce," AIRCDRE Bennett
"The training and accreditation
will be available to both officers and
airmen of the AIEG."
Project Casper is a CAF-initiated
activity to restructure and retrain the
intelligence workforce for the future
needs of Air Force.
Deputy Project Manager for
Project Casper SQNLDR Matt
Barnett said the two members
are the start of a regular rotation
of ISR personnel training with the
USAF in Processing, Exploitation
and Dissemination (PED) of intelli-
gence feeds from all over the world,
including Iraq and Afghanistan.
"PED is about analysing intel-
ligence and getting the results to
warfighters and commanders," he
"This is increasingly done in
real or near real-time and operations
from Norfolk are regularly involved
in real-time support to combat
troops in Afghanistan with surveil-
lance from the MQ-1 Predator, MQ-
9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, U-2 and
other ISR platforms."
These training deployments are
to prepare the Air Force's work-
force for future operations. A key
component is working the differ-
ent elements of the intelligence and
operations ISR workforce together,
which is why different musterings
are being sent together.
SQNLDR Barnett said ISR oper-
ations were changing fast in the cur-
"Success in future warfare relies
on better and faster information to
defeat the enemy with more accu-
rate and more timely strikes, where
it hurts," he said.
"The future intelligence work-
force needs to be restructured and
retrained to deliver the capability to
The 480th ISR Wing operates
a node of the Distributed Common
Ground System, which receives all
manner of intelligence and opera-
tions data from all available sourc-
es. It enables timely tasking, analy-
sis and distribution of intelligence,
and uses a wide range of commu-
nications and information technolo-
"It is a capability that leads the
way in ISR and combat concepts of
operations," SQNLDR Barnett said.
"Such capabilities are important
for the future of ISR. The Defence
Organisation is still considering
how we will undertake a similar
activity in the longer term."
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