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July 8, 2010
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AIR FORCE personnel can now look
forward to a chance to work in tri-service
Civilian Military Cooperation (CIMIC)
positions on overseas operations.
CIMIC is the branch of military
operations that focuses on providing
support and coordination in the devel-
opment of the civilian population.
The first Air Force member to take
on this role is FLTLT Thomas Dunn,
who is deployed on Operation Astute.
FLTLT Dunn, a logistics officer
from 395 Expeditionary Combat
Support Wing at RAAF Base
Amberley, is in East Timor for a
six-month deployment conduct-
ing Medical Civil Action Program
"I help coordinate the East Timorese
Defence Force (F-FDTL), Ministry
of Health and District Administrators
to conduct medical clinics in remote
areas," FLTLT Dunn said.
"Our main objective is to devel-
op the host nation agencies so they
can conduct these clinics without
the assistance of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF)."
Before he joined the CIMIC, FLTLT
Dunn completed the necessary tactical
operator's course as well as the joint
CIMIC staff planner's course.
"I saw an opportunity to expand my
skill sets and use them on operations.
"CIMIC is a non-kinetic opera-
Focusing on civilians
tion, which is a traditional hearts and
He said those that take on the role
as CIMIC in the Air Force need to be
prepared to realise that they are in a
capability in its infancy and may be
called upon to do instructional roles
and assist in its development.
"The Air Force is well suited to
this role due to our psyche," FLTLT
EAST TIMOR HELP:
Right, FLTLT Tom
Dunn watches over the
registration process at
the MEDCAP in Ucecai
village. Above, talking to
local villagers during the
Photos: LAC Leigh Cameron
Williamtown to go on show
THE skies over RAAF Base Wil-
liamtown will come alive over the
weekend of September 18 to 19
when the base hosts its first air show
in more than 35 years.
Head of Special Events -- Air
Force AIRCDRE Phil Byrne said it
was time the Hunter experienced the
awe and excitement of a modern air
show as part of the Defence Force
annual air show schedule.
"This year's air show will provide
the communities of Port Stephens,
Newcastle and the Hunter Valley
with an opportunity to witness Air
Force aircraft, historic war birds and
many static displays and stalls," he
"RAAF Base Williamtown has a
long association with the Newcastle
and Port Stephens communities and
this event will help us to thank the
community for their support."
Details of the air show and its
flying program were announced at
a media event on the base on July
2, which was supported by Port
Stephens Mayor Bruce Mackenzie,
Newcastle's Lord Mayor John Tate
and Commander Air Combat Group
AIRCDRE Mel Hupfield.
While actual flying activities
will start at 12.30pm and finish by
4pm on both days, there will also be
numerous ground displays and activ-
ities to keep crowds entertained.
Free parking will be available
on the base from 7am with the gates
open at 8am.
Tickets can be purchased online from
August 1, or at the gate. Visit www.raaf.
gov.au/AirShows for more information
on the event.
"We are not as aggressive in the
way we do things."
He said CIMIC operators liaised
with people as high as ministers of
government down to the average
Timorese villager, so potential candi-
dates needed to be able to communi-
cate with confidence at all levels.
One MedCAP that FLTLT Dunn
fondly remembers was in Ucecai, a
remote village in the country, acces-
sible only by helicopter. "The local
population made us a welcome sign
and waited for us," he said.
"They practised the welcome
dance for 24 hours straight before
we arrived. It was a massive deal for
them. As much as the villages loved to
see us, by the end of our visit we had
given back 10-fold, which felt good."
FLTLT Dunn said the main purpose
of the MedCAP was to train local popu-
lations so that they could conduct these
types of operations once they left.
"It is not good enough to do it just
so you feel good about yourself -- that
is useless," he said.
"We are in the process of state-
building, so you need to do it to the
point where you are comfortable that
the local army and local ministry of
health can conduct these operations
once we are gone."
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