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December 9, 2010
SGT Paul Carpenter of 10SQN has
been awarded the prestigious Rolls-
Royce Eagle trophy.
SGT Carpenter is an aircraft tech-
nician maintenance manager/inde-
pendent inspector who is responsi-
ble for coordinating the maintenance
effort of the aircraft technicians in his
team to keep the Orions flying. He
also inspects work that is critical to
He was selected from nominations
from 10SQN, 11SQN and 75SQN, the
RAAF School of Technical Training,
Aerospace Engineering Squadron and
3 Control and Reporting Unit.
The Eagle Trophy, awarded for
outstanding achievement in the air-
craft technical and engineering spe-
cialisation fields, was presented by
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin at an
awards dinner on October 26.
SGT Carpenter has spent five
years at 10SQN.
This latest period has been over
a three-year stretch and much of his
time has been spent in other squad-
rons within 92WG.
"I think the work I have done in
addressing technical mastery within
the squadron has been the most signif-
icant aspect of my success," he said.
"I think the most visible part of
my work has been the continuation
training that I have delivered to the
maintenance team at 10SQN.
"I am particularly keen for all our
people to learn from the experiences
"There are so many tasks on the
Orion that arise very infrequently (and
I still see things I have never seen
before), so capturing and sharing this
knowledge is a key enabler to our
SGT Carpenter said he found out
he was the winner during a work shift
change when the squadron CO wanted
to speak to him.
"Being advised was a buzz, and
I do feel that this year has been the
very best of my career. I have been
in the right place at the right time
to have an influence in some key
issues affecting maintenance in the
"The presentation was a little
daunting. I have never seen so many
star-ranked officers in my life.
"I was invited to make a speech,
which I think went well, and once I
was presented with the trophy, you
couldn't wipe the stupid looking smile
off my face."
He said the trophy really belonged
"I feel that it is a reflection of the
efforts of all the people at 10SQN,"
"I have some fantastic corporals
who keep me on my toes and have
had the privilege to work with lead-
ers who have a genuine commitment
to the people at the 'coal face'."
SGT Carpenter has now posted to
the Maritime Patrol Systems Program
As well as the trophy, he received a
NERVOUS MOMENT: SGT Paul
Carpenter proudly holds his trophy
while congratulated by, from left,
AVM Roxley McLennan (ret'd), CAF
AIRMSHL Mark Binskin, Paul's
wife Donna, CO 10SQN WGCDR
Michael Jansen, Dan Korte and
Eion Bailey. Photo: FSGT John Carroll
reflection of the
efforts of all the
people at 10SQN.
-- SGT Paul Carpenter
SGT Andrew Hetherington
ATTENDEES at the official opening of the new Joint
Combined Training Centre in Canberra last month re-
ceived a demonstration of its capability.
Observers witnessed on three large screens as four
vehicles were destroyed -- utilising personnel and
virtual and constructed platforms in four locations
without having to travel thousands of kilometres to
Dazzling display at
opening of centre
WAY AHEAD: ACM
ACM Houston said the JCTC was the way ahead
"The use of simulation ... is the way we have to
move toward, given the incredible expense of operat-
ing ever more expensive platforms.
"I am very excited about the JCTC, not only will
it be a more efficient way of conducting training and
exercising, but it will be a great way of achieving
a much higher level of interoperability through the
The next major joint and combined exercise sup-
port event for JCTC will be Exercise Talisman Saber
11 in July.
For information about the JCTC, visit http://intranet.
asp?page=33701 and /www.defence.gov.au/Capability/
complete the mission.
The centre, the new
home of the ADF's Joint
Capability (JCTC), was
officially opened on
November 23 by CDF
ACM Angus Houston.
Director of the JCTC
LTCOL John Duff said
the new centre would
enhance ADF force pre-
paredness and bilateral
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