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WHILE a team from 1 Airfield Op-
erations Support Squadron (1AOSS)
headed far north to begin clean-up
operations after Cyclone Yasi, another
one headed south to start setting up for
the Australian International Airshow at
Drawn from 1AOSS detachments at
RAAF Bases Townsville, Amberley and
Richmond, the Avalon team was tasked
with setting up the airfield in prepara-
tion for the ADF's involvement in the
airshow from March 1 to 4.
Headed up by FLGOFF Daniel
Carpenter, the contingent of 28
-- which included additional sup-
port personnel from Amberley and
Richmond and two ADFA cadets on
work experience -- deployed to Avalon
on February 8.
Initially, they were tasked to pre-
pare the surfaces, provide the power
and plumbing required for the wide
range of ADF displays (including that
by 1AOSS), lay 5000 square metres of
AM2 matting as a deployable taxiway,
construct a fuel area and construct a
deployable aircraft maintenance and
logistics hangar (DAMALSH) for an
Despite being hampered by wet
weather, in six days they had com-
pleted the main taxiway, had most of
the matting completed, including a
Hercules matting pad, and had con-
structed the DAMALSH.
FLGOFF Carpenter was proud of
his team's efforts.
"We had a few technical issues;
however, 1AOSS is always able to
come up with a solution," he said.
"We wouldn't be who we are with-
out our engineers and tradesmen."
During the second week the team
concentrated on setting up the power,
plumbing and other support systems
as well as preparing the 1AOSS dis-
play. Featuring a mixture of plant
and hardware, the display will show-
case the history of 1AOSS as well as
demonstrate the range of trade and
professional skills available across
the squadron from airfield engineer-
ing, air movements and explosive
The team will remain at Avalon
until March 20 to pack up and restore
Catch all the Avalon action on Twitter: www.twitter.com/airforcehq#RAAFAirShow
Major updates will be on Facebook: www.facebook.com/royalaustralianairforce
Videos on www.youtube.com/airforcehq and http://bit.ly/er7p0z (air show playlist)
Our airshow internet site is: http://www.airforce.gov.au/AirShows/ with photos at:
http://images.airforce.gov.au and http://bit.ly/e32Myk (air show search)
HEAVY WORK: LAC Col Ansell behind the wheel of the eight-tonne Manitou. Photos: courtesy FLGOFF Daniel Carpenter
below, laying the
STAYING IN TOUCH WITH AVALON
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