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November 11, 2010
FLTLT Skye Smith
THE BOND between current and
previous generations of bomber
squadrons was further strengthened
on October 13 when the annual
82WG Associations' Day was held at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Three 1SQN members and
two from 6SQN received acco-
lades for their outstanding per-
formance during 2010 on the day,
which brought together 120 asso-
ciation members from the Path
Finder Force Association, 467/463
Squadrons' Association, Beaufighter
and Boston Association (Qld),
RAAF Beaufort Fraternity (Qld),
Aircrew Association and the RAF
A memorial service at the base
front gate was followed by trophy
presentations to the 82WG members.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Steve
Roberton acknowledged the impor-
tance of the commitment of associa-
Accolades for best of bombers
left, CPL Craig
Photos: LACW Kylie
MEMBERS of 77SQN were recog-
nised for their outstanding perfor-
mance when they received Air Com-
mander Australia commendations
Commander Air Combat Group
AIRCDRE Mel Hupfeld presented
the awards on behalf of ACAUST to
SQNLDR Grant Burr, SGT Kerrie
Hammond and CPL Jason Van Kraay.
SQNLDR Burr was commended
for his outstanding performance as
SGT Hammond was recognised
for her outstanding performance as
DEFENCE has taken out the Can-
berra Public Sector Club Red Blood
Challenge for the second time.
The victory was announced at
the 2009/2010 Canberra Corporate
and Community Donor Challenge
Breakfast at Canberra's Brassey
Hotel on October 27.
Representatives from the public
and private sectors, embassies and
the community joined the Red Cross
in celebrating the year's biggest ACT
blood donors in a range of catego-
ries.With 1096 donations, Defence
outshone six-time Public Sector win-
ner and biggest rival, the Department
of Immigration and Citizenship
(DIAC), which ran second with 993
AIRCDRE Tracy Smart accept-
ed Defence's award on behalf of
Commander Joint Health MAJGEN
AIRCDRE Smart said she
thought there had always been a
strong association between blood
donating and the ADF.
"I think a lot of our members
realise that it could be them needing
it one day or one of their mates, and
that's a good incentive to volunteer,"
AIRCDRE Smart said.
"There were about a thousand
donations and that sounds a lot but
we've got a lot of Defence members
in the Canberra region and I think
we could do a lot better next year.
"We will continue to support the
Australian Red Cross and we hope
the Australian community will join
us in increasing its commitment
Defence Blood Drive Challenge
organiser Gary Schulz was all
smiles, thrilled with Defence's
"I'm really happy and very
appreciative of all the Defence per-
sonnel, uniform and civilian, who
have contributed to this proud day
for blood donors," Mr Schulz said.
You still have time to donate in
this year's Defence Blood Drive
Challenge and get your service over
the line by November 30.
AIRCDRE Smart has put out the
"I'd like to see the other servic-
es take on Air Force and beat us at
our own game, therefore raising the
amount of blood donations."
tion members to retaining a critical
link to 82WG's history.
"All of these associations were
formed post-WWII and represent
bomber squadrons, hence their close
affiliation with 82WG," he said.
"Originally the associations dis-
played their banners, but over the
years stones have been laid at the
front gate forming the memorial
garden at Amberley."
The Path Finder award, for the
most outstanding aircrew member
in their first operational tour, was
won by FLTLT Andrew Kloeden of
FLTLT David Murphy of 1SQN
and FLTLT Raymond Seville of
6SQN received the RAAF Beaufort
Fraternity (QLD) award for their
contribution to squadron flying
operations during the year.
The 467/463 Squadrons'
Association (QLD) award, for the
best technical member under the
age of 30 in a strike-related role,
was claimed by CPL Tom O'Neil
And the Beaufighter and Boston
Association of Queensland Award,
for the best airman employed in
strike reconnaissance non-technical
combat support duties, was won by
CPL Craig Meyerink of 1SQN.
POIGNANT MOMENT: An
Association member pays his
respects at the memorial service.
and issued a
Recognising top achievers from 77SQN
the SNCO at the squadron's equip-
During Exercise Arnhem Thunder
2009, CPL Van Kraay demonstrated
outstanding initiative by assisting the
Raytheon field representative trouble-
shooting on an aircraft to rectify an
obscure electronic warfare system fault.
Burr, SGT Kerrie
CPL Jason Van
Kraay with their
Photo: LACW Amy
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