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Edinburgh lays the
welcome mat down
SCHINKEL and FLTLT
EYE-OPENER: Above, ARDU pilot FLTLT Kirsten Gunn (left), SQNLDR Mark Young with his children Jonty and
Chloe (back row) and 7RAR WO2 Matthew Ryan with his children Kasee and Anyese (front). Inset, members line
up with their families to view the AP-3C display on the Edinburgh flightline. Photos: LACW Nicci Freeman / LAC David Cotton
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ON THE face of it,
relocating more than 600
infantrymen to an Air
Force base might seem
like chalk and cheese.
But senior Air Force
personnel at RAAF Base
Edinburgh have said the
new era in joint location
of forces has brought
many benefits to all.
Air Base Executive
Officer WGCDR Breck
Tonkin said the influx of
$630 million under the
Hardened and Networked
Army program had pro-
vided a much-needed
facelift to the base.
WGCDR Tonkin said.
"The base was look-
ing tired and some of the
WWII era buildings had
been built as ammunition
dumps, not for an Air
Force base; basically hot
red-brick structures with
New facilities include
a combined mess (a cen-
tral kitchen with three
wings for officers, ser-
geants and other ranks
respectively); a gymna-
sium with a 50m indoor
heated pool and a medical
There was also consid-
erable base refurbishment
involving the buildings,
pipes, pits and electricity.
New works would
provide the modern
tion, which will be located
close to the mess, the
gymnasium and pool.
WGCDR Tonkin said
it would be a lot more
convenient for everyone
when work was com-
AS AIR FORCE begins the next 90
years service to the nation, a very
modern culture change is under way
with the collocation of significant
Army units on Air Force bases.
One such base is RAAF Base
Edinburgh, which was recently
joined by Army's 7th Battalion Royal
Australian Regiment (7RAR), 1st
Brigade (1 Bde) and support element
To officially welcome them to
Edinburgh, a family day was held on
base on March 5.
Edinburgh's gates were opened to
all military and APS personnel, con-
tractors and their families for a day of
fun and activities.
Throughout the day, both Army
and Air Force showcased their capa-
bilities and people through various
demonstrations including military
working dog and infantry battalion
hardware and vehicle displays.
Following in RAAF Base
Amberley's footsteps, Edinburgh is
the second RAAF base to integrate
Army units on its premises.
GNR Todd Sciculuna, from 1
Bde's recently re-raised 102 Coral
Battery, said he believed the Army
would continue to develop a stronger
relationship with the Air Force in the
"Both services are new to this close
working relationship and have a lot to
learn from each other -- after all, Army
and Air Force have very different traits
and habits," GNR Sciculuna said.
"It's a fantastic opportunity for
Army to integrate with Air Force and
the capability to deploy together on
short notice will be invaluable.
"We are all excited to be in
Adelaide and Edinburgh's personnel
have been very receptive of Army,
which has helped our transition from
the Northern Territory greatly."
Commander Aerospace Operational
Support Group GPCAPT Christopher
Carruthers said the event was sig-
nificant because it encouraged com-
munication and relationship building
between the Air Force, Army and civil-
ian personnel working on the base.
"The key is integration, not co-
habitation. Despite the disruptions
to traffic flow, power and water, the
recent development works and arrival
of 7RAR and 1 Bde are the best things
to happen to Edinburgh in 50 years,"
GPCAPT Carruthers said.
"It was a very successful day.
Army's hardware was particularly
impressive to see and enthusiastically
demonstrated by its operators. Many
people queued to ride in the armoured
vehicle, which was a huge hit, and
the static aircraft, 92WG simulators,
equipment and weapon displays on
the flightline equally appealed to the
The family day also provided
Edinburgh's community with a bet-
ter understanding of the significant
improvements being made around the
base including new mess facilities,
sports ovals and a gymnasium, medical
centre and canteen.
"The new air traffic control tower
is almost complete and headquarters
buildings for 87SQN and 462SQN are
under way," GPCAPT Carruthers said.
"Soon the base will also have a
new driver training track around the
airfield, vehicle wash areas, training
facilities, a driver training obstacle
course and close training area."
EYE OPENER: Above ARDU pilot FLTLT Kirs
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