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SAVED BY BOMB
A RARE honour was bestowed by the
US Air Force (USAF) Security Team on
their Australian counterparts.
For the first time, non-American per-
sonnel were permitted inside the inner
security cordon to provide close security
to a pair of F-22A Raptors at Avalon.
In previous foreign visits for the
Raptor the USAF has retained sole con-
trol of the aircraft's security.
SQNLDR Brett Green led the RAAF
security team at the airshow, along with
Air Force deployed 16 Military
Working Dogs (MWDs), four Explosive
Detector Dogs (EDD), 42 Air Base
Protection Flight members and a detach-
ment of personnel from 87SQN to
SQNLDR Green said that "the origi-
nal concept called for MWDs and their
handlers to provide a presence outside
the inner security zone of the F-22 and
work in partnership with USAF Security
Force personnel and Victorian Police".
Not long after the F-22's arrival,
MWD teams were permitted within its
inner security cordon.
A USAF force protection commander
told SQNLDR Green that this level of
trust had not been passed on to any other
"The USAF had complete confidence
in the ability of the RAAF Security
Police to do the job after witnessing
first-hand the level of control the han-
dlers have of their MWDs, and their
professional application as force protec-
tors," SQNLDR Green said.
Aside from the Raptor, the Force
Protection Unit provided security to
all the ADF assets, including the Super
Hornet and Wedgetail aircraft, which
required heightened attention.
"The COs of 1SQN and 2SQN
required absolute force protection assur-
ance for their assets," SQNLDR Green
said. "This level of support signals the
future for Air Force and how force pro-
tection will need to be integrated with
flying units, particularly as we move into
the JSF era."
EDDs from 382ECSS also conducted
sweeps within the Melbourne CBD for a
series of CAF events before the air show,
as well as at Avalon.
The Air Base Protection Flight was
largely drawn from reservists from
25SQN at RAAF Base Pearce, along
with members of 21SQN, 22SQN and
SQNLDR Brett Green said that many
of the reservists were state or federal
police while others were retired or stay-
"Regardless of what they do in their
private lives, they came over to support
the ADF presence at Avalon and they are
a shining example of service attitude and
application to task. The required level of
security for Avalon could not have been
achieved without them," he said.
SGT Andrew Hetherington
ON THEIR way to Avalon 2011, three
Air Force Explosive Detector Dog
(EDD) handlers came to the aid of an
ill woman at a highway rest stop.
The EDD search team from 382
Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron (382ECSS) at RAAF Base
Amberley comprised SNCO 382ECSS
EDD Section SGT David Skeels, CPL
Brendan Dennis and LAC Bradley
Rae.Their task at the airshow was to
protect US Air Force assets and our
But before they arrived, they
answered a call for help from motorist
"We were 30km south of Albury at
a rest stop when we saw a lady pull up
in her car and go into the bathroom,"
SGT Skeels said.
"The next thing she staggered out
and was covered head to toe in vomit
and then asked us for help," SGT
Ms Elliott said she was in Albury
and began to feel ill about 12pm.
"I'd just taken a couple of tablets,
continued my trip home and then
started to feel quite sick and nau-
seous," Ms Elliott said.
"I decided to stop at the Chiltern
truck stop to clean myself up.
"I started to feel really sick and
knew I'd need an ambulance.
"This had previously happened to
AIR FORCE'S Military Working Dog (MWD) teams presented
Avalon crowds with future 'capabilities' -- MWD puppies Quo
Both pups were under the care of RAAF Base Tindal's
LACW Melanie Schenk.
On March 5, she and the pups covered a 16-hour day
which included television appearances, time out with the
Make-a-Wish Foundation and public handling displays.
SQNLDR Brett Green congratulated LACW Schenk for
her efforts. "She was thrown into a very high-profile public
engagement role with minimum notice, covered many kilo-
metres of the airshow site and answered the same ques-
smile on her face," he said.
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Ms Elliott said it was a comfort to
see the three men in uniform.
"I thought they were the right peo-
ple to approach for help."
After Ms Elliott collapsed, SGT
Skeels and his team carried her to the
shade out of the hot sun.
"It was a shock to see her col-
lapse," SGT Skeels said.
"After seeing she was still breath-
ing we put her into the recovery
position, placed some wet towels on
her and loosened her clothes, as it
was a hot day. CPL Dennis called for
help and we kept her cool and calm
while we waited for the ambulance to
Ms Elliott said SGT Skeels and his
team went into disaster mode.
"They said, 'sit down, have a
drink, here's a wet cloth for your fore-
head' and gave me a change of shirt,"
"They were just fantastic and I
could hear at this stage but I didn't
know much of what was going on."
The EDD section then secured her
"We secured her vehicle and
her personal possessions, handing
them over to the ambulance when it
arrived," SGT Skeels said.
"I also contacted her husband to
let him know what happened.
"We also cleaned some of the
vomit out of her car, as it wouldn't
have been very nice the next day for
her family when it was picked up.
"It was lucky we were there as it
was a remote location and she could
have choked on her vomit and pos-
Ms Elliott said she felt fortunate
the men were there to help her.
"If it happened somewhere else
I may not have had that assistance,"
"It got to the stage where I
couldn't help myself, where I needed
medication to stop the vomiting."
She said SGT Skeels and his team
"It gives me so much comfort to
know they are in the jobs they are and
have those skills," Ms Elliott said.
"Their calming reassurance while
they helped me couldn't have a price
FIRST AID: From left, LAC Bradley Rae (with Spike), SGT David
Skeels (with Flame) and CPL Brendan Dennis (with Quill). On
their way to the airshow they helped a seriously ill woman.
Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
BEST PAL: MWD
puppy Quo is happy
to see LACW Melanie
Photo: AC Oliver Carter
TEAM EFFORT: Members of the MWD team
and protection flight join USAF colleagues at
Photo: POIS Rick Prideaux
ons thousands of times with a
"She reflected a positive ima
sands of airshow visitors and to
hrough media interview and im
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