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& Australia s Federation Guard
Australia s Federation Guard is a tri-Service unit comprising of members from the Royal
Australian Air Force, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army. In total, 170
service personnel form what is locally known as the Guard . e members of Australia s
Federation Guard possess a wide range of qualifications and experience. Many enlisted
into their respective Service for a specific trade and have volunteered for one or two years
to showcase the talents of the Australian Defence Force in a ceremonial capacity.
For a posting to AFG contact your DP-AF representative.
Australia s Federation Guard
Ph: (02) 6268 9411
Fax: (02) 6268 9444
For those looking for a break out of trade or re-mustering, the Guard is a great
place to post to. You will work along side people from a wide variety of trades
giving you an excellent source of knowledge about the wider ADF. e Guard
offers driving courses throughout the year for those looking for their Medium
and Heavy Rigid licences and the mandatory release policy for career progression
courses means you will not fall behind in your trade for coming to AFG.
With ADFA just across the road, AFG is a great place to go for those looking to
e Guard conducts a number of leadership training activities throughout the
year to help build member s self confidence and the ability for members to excel
Working in a tri-Service environment also allows you to learn how the other
With PT run everyday and sport twice a week, AFG is great for people looking to
increase or maintain a high level of fitness.
e Guard has an AFG Titans challenge for those that like to excel with fitness
and constantly try to stay on top of their game.
AFG runs adventure training activities all year round including caving, interstate
cycling treks, kayaking, tall ship training, canyoning, scuba and deep-sea diving,
hiking the Kokoda Track, and much more.
For those who excel at drill, members are given the opportunity to travel overseas
and represent Australia at various ceremonial occasions including Turkey and
France ANZAC Day commemoration services.
Becoming a part of the AFG s Precision Drill Team and Drum Corp will give you
the opportunity to travel all across Australia and represent the ADF at many high
If you want to join the Guard you will need to be able to pass a PFT, achieve 7.5
on a Shuttle Run test, maintain a BMI of 29.9 or less and have a good conduct
If you can do this, why not consider Australia s Federation Guard for your next
Check out the AFG website at: http://www.defence.gov.au/afg/
February 17, 2011
DESPITE damage to their own homes,
Air Force personnel were quick to help
north Queensland communities pick
up the pieces after Cyclone Yasi.
The OIC of the Airfield
Engineering Flight with 1 Airfield
Operations Support Squadron
(1AOSS) at RAAF Base Townsville,
SQNLDR John Force, said that
many of his team had deployed on
the weekend of February 5 and 6
after clean-up operations on base on
February 3 and 4.
"Many members have trees down
about their houses but have been
working around the clock to help out
others and haven't had time to fully
clean up themselves, put in insurance
claims, etc.," SQNLDR Force said.
"Some of us had no power for
days, plus no water for a day or two,
and many have deployed to help oth-
ers before they had power to their own
"We have one member who has
roof damage to his house, while we
also have a number of members who
still don't have power on.
"Many of their families are living
with friends, or are using emergency
The engineers were back at work
the morning after the cyclone when the
winds had dropped to 80km/h and they
could restore the base to an operational
state after the Category 3 winds that
went through Townsville caused local
FLTLT Aaron Betts and
FLTLT Mark Sadowski
NUMBER 44 Wing and 1 Com-
bat Communications Squadron
stepped up at short notice when
they were tasked on February
4 to provide air traffic control
(ATC) and communications
services at Innisfail.
44WG was required to estab-
lish a Mobile Air Operations
Team (MAOT) in the city
because of the increased level
of aircraft movements necessary
for the recovery operations in
44WG pulled five joint bat-
tlefield airspace controllers from
ATC flights around Australia
while the 1CCS detachment at
Townsville detailed four of its
members and communications
equipment. What was not held
at Townsville was flown in from
1CCS at RAAF Base Richmond.
The team was on the ground
at Innisfail airport within 24
hours of the tasking order and
they had the MAOT operational
by 10am the following day.
As the tempo of recov-
ery operations increased, on
February 7 three of the 44WG
personnel and a member from
1CCS redeployed to Tully to
establish a second MAOT there.
They were subsequently rein-
forced by another 1CCS techni-
cian and extra equipment.
WHEN LAC Nicholas Voight (left)
was promoted to CPL on February 7,
he was busy with a chainsaw clear-
ing trees and then driving a front-
end loader to load the debris on to
trucks. Nevertheless, traditions are
traditions and a five-minute window
was found in which the ceremony
occurred. Then work continued.
set up help
Putting others first
flooding, blocked roads and brought
On February 4, 39 1AOSS sup-
ply and administration personnel
deployed to assist the clean-up opera-
tion. Their primary tasks were to clear
fallen trees and other debris from the
main arterial roads and public spaces.
Then, on February 8, 35 engineers
with heavy equipment moved out to
assist in the recovery operations in the
areas further north that had taken the
full force of the winds.
They were under the command of
the OIC of the Airfield Engineers at
Townsville, FLTLT Ken Edwards.
In support were two 27SQN per-
sonnel who provided essential mainte-
nance support, keeping both Air Force
and Army vehicles and equipment
FLTLT Edwards said they expect-
ed to see entire towns destroyed but
were relieved to see that overall there
was little damage to buildings.
They started at Taylors Beach, and
then moved to Forest Beach on the
second day before moving on to the
FLTLT Edwards said their priori-
ties were clearing roads and footpaths,
and public spaces such as schools and
A SHORT BREAK
JOB TO DO: LAC Jeffrey Allman and CPL Nicholas Voigt
who were part of the Airfield Engineering team who helped
clear debris, right, in the township of Dungeness in far
Top photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
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