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April 14, 2011
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AIR mobility in the MEAO has a new
A 98.9 per cent mission success
rate was achieved for the May to
October 2010 Operation Slipper rota-
tion of C-130J personnel.
On top of this, the rotation -- com-
prised of 37SQN's B Flight and an
accompanying maintenance and sup-
port workforce -- supported Operation
Pakistan Assist II, and instituted
reforms for how airlift missions are
flown in the MEAO.
B Flight Commander SQNLDR
Krishaan Wright, and his deputy,
FLTLT Tony Kay, were presented
with CDF Gold Commendations on
Both men praised the work of
maintenance and logistics personnel
in achieving the high mission suc-
cess rate. Good maintenance planning
allowed the first in-theatre phased
servicing of a C-130J in the detach-
ment's newly built hangar.
This saved 50 flying hours and sig-
nificant expense by not sending the
C-130J home for its servicing.
The C-130 detachment experi-
enced a busy flying workload which
included repatriations, VIP support,
and tasking for Operations Slipper
and Pakistan Assist.
"There were times when we were
given three and sometimes four lines
of tasking per day, when normally the
detachment might only fly one line,"
SQNLDR Wright said.
A major challenge was to upgrade
the runway at the coalition base at Tarin
Kot. Joint Task Force commanders
were presented with a range of safety
issues so they could continue to fly
C-130s there during the upgrade.
"We didn't just present them with
the problems -- we outlined several
solutions, and they picked our safest
course of action," SQNLDR Wright
said.Many of the broader flying proce-
dures for the MEAO were revised.
"They had become dated -- we
came up with a safety management
system which is now used across the
task group," SQNLDR Wright said.
The airfield works at Tarin Kot
also brought about a revision of
scheduled Operation Slipper missions
by the Hercules.
"We developed a plan that deliv-
ered the required payloads, even in
peak periods, using fewer aircraft
hours," FLTLT Kay said.
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin said the
actions of the two in the Middle East
were exemplary in developing a con-
tinuous improvement culture.
We have all been shocked by
the recent events in Japan.
Although it is still rela-
tively early in the year, the
tsunami came on top of floods and a
cyclone in our own country and an
earthquake in Christchurch.
As I've come to expect, the men
and women of the Air Force have
stepped up each and every time to
meet the challenges which have been
PROUD RECIPIENTS: SQNLDR Krishaan Wright and FLTLT Tony
Kay from 37SQN with their CDF Gold Commendations at RAAF Base
Photo: LACW Casey Gaul
Upping MEAO ante
Thank you for
job well done
presented to you and have done so
with the professionalism, resolve
and compassion for which you are
36SQN personnel, with the support
of other key air mobility personnel,
have again made us proud, this time
by providing significant assistance to
the Japan Air Self-Defense Force.
The C-17As were able to provide
urgent deliveries of equipment and
relief supplies, as well as ferrying
Japan Air Self-Defense Force person-
nel to the most devastated areas.
The senior leadership team and
I wish to thank all of you who have
worked tirelessly in support of all
these recent devastating events,
which have affected many innocent
men, women and children.
We all know that our achieve-
ments are appreciated by com-
munities around the world. It was
especially encouraging to receive
a letter from General Shigeru
Iwasaki, Chief of Staff, Japan Air
Self-Defense Force, expressing his
sincere appreciation for a job well
done. Although the letter was sent to
me, it is a letter for all of Air Force
and it is only fitting that I share it
with all of you.
Thank you for continuing to do
a great job.
off on tour
GOLD Coast model Samii Lee
is pictured enjoying her visit to
the cockpit of a 37SQN C-130
while touring the Middle East
Area of Operations as a part of
a Forces Entertainment concert.
The MEAO concert tour was
held for Aussie troops from
March 24 to 29 and included a
mix of many well-known as well
as up-and-coming Australian
artists. Before leaving, Ms Lee
said she was "so excited" to be
on the tour.
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