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September 2, 2010
LAC Aaron Curran
FOR 70 years, Air Force chaplaincy
has been there for personnel.
Those seven decades were cel-
ebrated in Canberra from August
16 to 20 with an annual conference,
church service and dining-in night at
the Australian War Memorial.
Director General Chaplaincy --
Air Force (AIRCDRE) Murray Earl
said it was a happy occasion for the
"It was an opportunity to celebrate
our past, present and future," he said.
At the church service, which was
held at Duntroon Chapel, AIRCDRE
Earl spoke about Air Force's former
chaplains who had borne the burden
and heat of the day during their years
One such chaplain was former
Principal Air Chaplain Rodger
Boerth, who served in Vietnam, and
spoke at the church service.
He delivered a passionate speech
about post traumatic stress disor-
der, its effects on personnel and the
importance of being on the lookout
for its signs.
He should know, he said, because
he suffered from it.
Also attending the service were
VCDF LTGEN David Hurley,
Principal Chaplain Royal New
Zealand Air Force, Chaplain
(WGCDR) Ross Falconer and RAF
70 years of service
ALWAYS THERE: Above, Chaplain
(AIRCDRE) Murray Earl at Duntroon
Chapel during the Chaplains'
Service; left, Chaplain (SQNLDR)
Alan Williams, centre, from 1RTU
takes the Queen's Colours out of
Duntroon Chapel after the service.
Photos: LAC Aaron Curran
front of the 'G
Chaplain-in-Chief (AVM) Ray
"They really enjoyed themselves
by being there and representing inter-
national chaplaincy," AIRCDRE Earl
"They came here to see how we
operate and to reinforce how well we
work together in coalitions around
During the church service, the
Queen's Colours were brought into the
chapel by Chaplain (SQNLDR) Alan
Williams from 1 Recruit Training Unit
and a plaque was handed to AIRCDRE
Earl by the RAAF Association -- ACT
Division to place on the last plinth at
the RAAF Memorial Grove.
Vietnam veteran padres attended
the Vietnam Veteran's Day service on
Anzac Parade on August 18, with the
dining-in night on August 19 finish-
ing off the celebrations.
AIRCDRE Earl said Air Force
chaplains got together annually to
upgrade their relationships, share
information and direction.
"We give thanks to God for the
ongoing support we receive from
the CAF and DCAF and from our
churches and families," he said.
"New chaplains are part of our
future as we serve the Air Force. We
look to them to provide the necessary
faith, wisdom and energy to fulfil
the requirements of 21st century Air
Air Force News will look at the history
of chaplaincy in an upcoming edition.
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