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September 2, 2010
LAC Aaron Curran
TWO Air Force personnel put an-
other notch in their CVs when they
were awarded a Diploma in Public
Safety (T&E) on August 4.
WGCDR Brady Cummins,
Deputy Director Aerospace
(DD-AERO) in Australian
Defence Test and Evaluation
Office (ADTEO), and SQNLDR
William Nguyen, Trial Manager
at the Australian Defence Test &
Evaluation Office (ADTEO), were
handed their diplomas along with
three Army and Navy counterparts
in a ceremony at Russell Offices.
WGCDR Keith Joiner, of the
ADF T&E office, presented the
diplomas along with Jim Whalley
from Nova Systems who assessed
the new T&E competencies.
WGCDR Cummins is an
armament engineering officer
with 25 years experience in T&E.
As DD-AERO, he develops and
oversees Defence policy on T&E
through liaison with T&E agen-
cies, provides T&E advice to
LAC Aaron Curran
A LEGEND of the Australian Air
Force Cadets (AAFC) is no more
with the death of Don Scott MBE
on July 15.
Mr Scott, 82, from 2WG
(AAFC) at RAAF Base Amberley,
gave invaluable service to the
AAFC by teaching young cadets
One of his former cadets was
DCAF AVM Geoff Brown, who
said his own love of flying and
passion for gliding was a direct
result of his time as a 2WG cadet in
"I can say, without reservation,
that both the AAFC, its predecessor
the Air Training Corps (AirTC),
the Air Force, Navy and Army
have all been the beneficiary of
Don's remarkable and selfless com-
mitment over many years," AVM
"I have not forgotten the com-
mitment of those staff who contrib-
uted so much to my flying career.
Without Don's infectious drive,
commitment, passion and profes-
sionalism the 2WG AAFC gliding
operations would not be as robust
as they are today."
Mr Scott first got into glid-
MAJ Sandra Turner
AN ADF state health conference has highlighted
hearing deficit as an important issue for Defence,
with many jobs across the services needing proper
Convened by oral surgeon COL Janet Scott
and attended by permanent and reserve nursing,
medical and dental officers, the one-day seminar
was held at South Australia's Repatriation General
Hospital at Daw Park.
Defence and civilian dentists reported a surge
in the instances of enamel erosion, particularly in
young adults consuming huge amounts of sugar-
laden sports drinks.
A special presentation by LTCOL Moose
Dunlop (ret'd) and CAPT Robert Kearney on their
involvement in setting up Trojan's Trek -- a pro-
gram developed to assist past and present Defence
members with military-induced stress illness -- was
of special interest during the mental health ses-
CHAP Carl Aiken completed the mental health
session by discussing the importance of individu-
als connecting with their inner selves and meeting
their spiritual needs.
"Taking a holistic approach to health needs by
incorporating 'body, mind and soul' need to be
considered by everyone during their time in the
ADF and beyond," CHAP Aiken said.
For more information on how to maintain good
mental health, or take advantage of Defence's strong
mental health support services, contact the All Hours
Support Line on 1800 628 036.
A gliding light mourned
FLASHBACK: Don Scott, left,
with Gus Mauch and AVM Geoff
Brown at the opening of the
hangar last year.
ing in 1970 and was trained as an
instructor by Gus Mauch, who later
became the first gliding instruc-
tor for the AirTC.
After joining the Kingaroy
club to take up gliding and train
young people, he decided to join the
AirTC as an instructor with the rank
of FLTLT in the specialist reserve.
He remained with the AirTC until
his compulsory retirement in 1990
and in the process became the first
chief instructor for the AirTC Gliding
SQNLDR (AAFC) Danny
Hoyland said Mr Scott gave much
of his knowledge and time to the
cadets, whom he treated as family.
"He just loved instructing young
people who wanted to learn how to
fly," he said. "Cadets were ben-
eficiaries of his remarkable and
selfless commitment to them over
the years. He also donated monies
to enable disadvantaged cadets to
achieve their milestones."
SQNLDR Hoyland said Mr
Scott's contribution to AAFC
gliding was unsurpassed and after
nearly two decades of training
young people to fly, many went
on to careers in the ADF and
2WG AAFC has recognised
Mr Scott by commemorating a
Don Scott MBE medal for gliding
excellence, which is presented to
the most proficient AAFC gliding
pilot each year.
"When Don retired from the
AAFC, it was an enormous loss
and the school struggled for
many years after his departure,"
SQNLDR Hoyland said.
"He was such an integral influ-
ence on the efficient running of
the gliding school."
In September 2009, the AAFC
honoured Mr Scott and Mr
Mauch with the naming of a new
hangar at the Warwick aerodrome
from where the AAFC Gliding
School now operates.
A memorial service was
held at Saint Paul's Cathedral
Brisbane on August 24, followed
by a wake at the United Services
HEALTH ATTENDANCE: From left, FLTLT
Andrew Grant, FLTLT Heather Dodd, WGCDR
Mark Morton and WGCDR Steve Mason.
Health spotlight on
From left, WGCDR
Keith Joiner of
the ADF Test and
Chris West; COL
Mr Jim Whalley
of Nova Systems;
and SQNLDR Bill
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
Aerospace DCP Projects and is
involved in the planning, conduct-
ing and reporting of specialised
The diploma is recognition of
the T&E knowledge he has gained
over the past 25 years through his
involvement and experience in tri-
als and completion of many T&E
SQNLDR Nguyen said he was
delighted to be qualified for the
"It is the realisation that it
would take many years of practi-
cal experience and continuation
training to master the intrica-
cies in this dynamic and diverse
field of employment," he said.
WGCDR Joiner said the ADF
had always placed a high prior-
ity on thorough T&E of its equip-
ment and capabilities to ensure
they are effective against the
enemy and safe for the personnel
who use them.
"That commitment includes
providing qualified and expe-
rienced test staff in a variety
of T&E agencies throughout
Defence," he said.
WGCDR Joiner said for many
general personnel serving in
ADF T&E agencies or running
important acquisition test pro-
grams in the Defence Materiel
Organisation or Defence indus-
try, there were no formal com-
petencies to recognise what they
achieved in this field.
In early 2010, Nova amended
its scope as a registered training
organisation to be able to assess
the new T&E competencies.
Some 43 personnel volun-
teered to the ADF T&E Office
and Nova to be assessed for rec-
ognition of prior learning and
these were the first five to go
through the process.
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