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February 17, 2011
Goodbye to long-time CO
AFTER 45 years' service to the Air Training Corp (ATC),
now the Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC), the CO of
401SQN (AAFC) at Surrey Hills has been awarded his
second Federation Star. At a farewell parade on December
12, SQNLDR Albert Lindner was presented with his award
by Director General Cadets -- Air Force AIRCDRE Roger
Harrison. SQNLDR Lindner retired from his command,
a position he held for the past 17 years. He is taking up
the appointment of XO West in HQ 4WG (AAFC). He was
awarded the Australian Cadet Forces Service Medal in
1980 for 15 years' service to the ATC and has received a
clasp for every period of five years' service since, totalling
six clasps in all. SQNLDR Lindner is the first Victorian
member to reach this milestone and one of only two
members nationally to do so.
with his second
Photo: WOFF Don
THE dedication of an Australian Air
Force Cadets (AAFC) instructor and
his fight to prevent two AAFC squad-
rons from closing was recognised in
the Australia Day honours.
FLTLT (AAFC) Colin Salleo was
awarded an Australia Day Medallion
recognising his more than 28 years'
service to the AAFC in Western
Australia, and his rescue of two ailing
country AAFC squadrons.
He joined 7WG (AAFC) in 1982
as a PLTOFF and has held appoint-
ments as a squadron CO, public
affairs officer and training officer. He
is currently the wing liaison officer.
Over the past year, he has provid-
ed exceptional support for 722SQN
(AAFC) in Derby and 709SQN
(AAFC) in Kalgoorlie.
His determination to keep them
operational prevented the squadrons
from forced closure.
The problem was their distant
location from any major towns and
the transient nature of the communi-
ties, especially at Derby where the
outgoing 722SQN CO was the only
adult staff member. This made it
exceptionally difficult to identify and
recruit new COs or staff members.
To resolve the situation, FLTLT
Salleo travelled to Derby and
Kalgoorlie several times to liaise with
local schools, government members,
police, Defence and other community
groups in an attempt to attract staff.
After many meetings, promis-
ing leads and some setbacks, he was
able to have five new staff members
appointed to 722SQN and four to
Without his energetic interventions,
the two AAFC squadrons may have
closed, depriving the young people of
Derby and Kalgoorlie of much-needed
youth activities and support.
"The AAFC provides outstanding
support to young people during their
teen years," FLTLT Salleo said.
"Our extensive program of flying
and adventure-based activities in a
military setting gives cadets enormous
enjoyment and focus, while helping
develop their management and people
skills that will benefit them through-
out their lives."
HONOURED: FLTLT (AAFC) Colin
Salleo with his medallion.
Cadet of the year
FSGT DANIEL Marron was awarded the
South Australian State Return Services
League (RSL) 2010 Air Force Cadet of
the Year award. More than 650 Air Force
Cadets in South Australia vie for the
award each year. Cadet FSGT Marron is
from Dublin, South Australia.
Reaching great heights
CADET CPL Ryan Scholar was presented with the Rawdon
Middleton VC Trophy for Best Airmanship after the AAFC
National Flying Competition at RAAF Base Richmond
recently. CCPL Scholar, of Mildura, is a member of
623SQN (AAFC). He competed against 20 other Air Force
Cadets who travelled from all around Australia. During the
competition participants competed in both powered flying
After 45 years' service, WOFF (AAFC)
Steven Hamer has been awarded the
sixth clasp to the Australian Cadet
Forces Service Medal (ACFSM). The
ACFSM recognises long and efficient
service by officers and instructors
in the ADF Cadets. WOFF (AAFC)
Hamer, of Enfield, South Australia, is
the longest-serving instructor in the
cadets, having enrolled as an instructor
in 1965. He has progressed through
the staff ranks and is now with 6WG
(AAFC) at Edinburgh.
Six of the best for Hamer
AIR FORCE BAND
February 27: The Catalina Chamber players will
support the CAF Australian International Airshow
dinner at RAAF Point Cook.
February 27: The Ceremonial Band will march
in the annual Weerama Procession at Werribee,
Victoria, from 11am.
March 1: The Air Force Jazz Ensemble will provide
musical support to the Australian International
Airshow reception at Government House, Victoria.
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