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JUST over a year and 4500 tonnes since
their first intra-theatre mission, the Air
Force's fleet of C-17A aircraft has re-
corded 100 missions in the Middle East.
The C-17As have supported
Operations Kruger and Catalyst in Iraq
and Operation Slipper in Afghanistan.
Crews and technicians fly to the
MEAO with each C-17A to conduct
their missions for up to a week at a
time, before returning to Australia. This
has been the case since the first Middle
East intra-theatre mission to Baghdad
on July 22 last year.
Powered by four turbofan engines,
the C-17A can lift up to 70 tonnes of
cargo and can accommodate passen-
gers, outsized cargo, vehicles, or aero-
medical evacuation patients.
CO 36SQN WGCDR Adam
Williams congratulated all those who
helped in achieving 100 intra-theatre
"There's a great sense of satisfaction
for our squadron and all those who have
supported us in reaching 100 missions,"
"Throughout these missions, the
pilots and loadmasters at 36SQN have
been supported by a multitude of tech-
nicians, suppliers, movements, admin-
istrative and operational support person-
nel."The C-17A has delivered a tremen-
dous boost in the airborne logistics
capability available to the ADF and its
coalition partners. This supplements
existing in-theatre assets such as three
37SQN C-130Js which are deployed to
Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
"During the 100 missions, our
C-17A crews have transported Chinook
helicopters, protected mobility vehicles
such as the Bushmaster and Australian
Light Armoured Vehicles, radar units
and a variety of stores and supplies,"
WGCDR Williams said.
In addition to the 100 missions with-
in the MEAO, Air Force has conducted
91 missions involving the C-17A from
Australia to the Middle East since July
In another milestone, the Air Force's
C-17A fleet recently surpassed 10,000
hours total flying time since delivery of
the first aircraft in December 2006. The
hours were achieved in mid-August,
during an intense period of activity
while 36SQN was conducting Middle
East tasking, and concurrent support for
Operation Pakistan Assist II.
HEAVY CARGO: A 36SQN
Globemaster takes off from the
Multinational Base Tarin Kot with its
heavy load of cargo.
Photo: SGT Mick Davis
SAFE AND SOUND: Above, five Hummer
armoured vehicles after being unloaded from a
C-17A at Tarin Kot.
Photo: FLTLT Michael McGirr
LOAD OFF HIS MIND: Right, 36SQN loadmaster
FSGT Dwayne Taylor guides in the forklift to
unload large items from the Globemaster at Tarin
Photo: SGT Mick Davis
Command swap for ALG
CHANGE is afoot at Air Lift Group
On October 1, command of
37SQN will be swapped from 86WG
to 84WG in the first step to deliver a
more efficient air mobility service.
OC 84WG GPCAPT Peter
Wood will become responsible for
all C-130 training and operational
capability. Until October 1, GPCAPT
Wood has only been responsible
for C-130 training at 285SQN. All
37SQN C-130 operations have sat
under OC 86WG, currently GPCAPT
"In the last five years, we've seen
ALG change its fleet of aircraft, its
locations, and its operational com-
mitments, but its command structure
has remained the same," GPCAPT
"Collocating units like 285SQN
and 37SQN under the same wing will
allow us to better deliver one of the
ADF's most important capabilities."
On October 1, Air Movements
Training Development Unit
(AMTDU) at RAAF Base Richmond
will also move from its present com-
mand of 84WG to come directly
under command of HQ ALG.
Further down the track, 86WG
will become responsible for 33SQN
in late 2011 when that squad-
ron emerges from command of the
Director KC-30A Transition Team.
To better manage 33SQN and
36SQN heavy airlift capability,
86WG will relocate its headquarters
to RAAF Base Amberley by January
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