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March 31, 2011
Tell us about the
other hats you wear
All Reservists (Active and Specialist) should recently
have received mail asking about your civil skills (formal,
self-claimed, experience) for the Civil Skills Data e-survey.
It is very important that you complete this survey as it
helps the Australian Defence Force better identify people
with speci c skills that can be drawn upon for emergencies,
exercises and deployments.
You will receive a half day pay for preparing and completing
the sur vey and it will also help your Reserve career.
It's time to complete the Civil Skills Data e-survey
There s still time for you to complete the sur vey. Make sure
you have all your paperwork ready licences, degrees and
other quali cations before you start.
If you have any questions about the survey, or any of the
information collected, please email your query and PMKeyS
number to ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
You can complete the survey on your own or a Defence
computer, but you should complete it as soon as you can.
Visit www.civilskillsdata.com today
Skills in Reserve
LCPL Mark Doran
AN AIR Force reservist who crawled
into a fiery vehicle to help a driver
seriously injured in a crash will be
recognised in September when the
Governor-General presents him with
the Bravery Medal.
On July 30, 2009, WOFF
Murray Hayton was driving to work
when the driver of a utility lost
control of the vehicle on the Bruce
Highway in Cairns.
WOFF Hayton said the crash
happened right in front of him and
as the vehicle was airborne, there
was a massive explosion.
"It was quite horrific, the vehicle
was probably up to 20 feet in the
air," WOFF Hayton said.
"Its rear end was on fire and came
to rest on its roof with the driver
trapped inside; he was unconscious
and suffering from significant head
Another driver put out the fire
with an extinguisher, while WOFF
Hayton, without hesitation or regard
for his own safety, crawled into the
vehicle to assist the injured driver.
He became covered in fuel
from the ruptured fuel-tank and the
chance of another fire breaking out
while he was in the vehicle was
He cleared the casualty's airway
and stayed with him in the vehicle
until fire and ambulance personnel
WOFF Hayton said he drew on
his first-aid training and the fact that
ADF personnel were always encour-
aged to put themselves forward to
"I was just doing the right thing
as a member in uniform and didn't
want to just stand around watching,"
"After the incident I followed
Defence policy and had interviews
with a psychologist; however, I
would not hesitate to do the same
thing again in a similar incident.
"I am quite humbled to receive the
Bravery Medal. It was kept a secret
from me until January this year."
Despite WOFF Hayton's heroic
efforts, the driver died of his inju-
ries that night at the Cairns Base
WOFF Hayton was one of nine
recipients of the medal announced
on March 20 by the Governor-
WOFF Hayton spent 12 years
as a loadmaster on C-130 aircraft
before transferring to the reserves.
'I was just
as a member
want to just
Heroic act to
NO REGARD FOR
HIS OWN SAFETY:
Hayton who became
covered with fuel
when he crawled into
a wrecked car to help
an injured driver.
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