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THE top award for Air Lift Group air-
crew has been presented to 37SQN's
FLTLT William Harwood.
At a dining-in night at RAAF
Base Richmond on April 8, FLTLT
Harwood was announced as the win-
ner of the 2011 Pathfinder Award
before members of the group and the
The Pathfinders were a group of
Allied airmen in WWII with the high-
ly-dangerous task of providing target
information to mass bombing raids
over occupied Europe.
FLTLT Harwood's award read:
"Your deeds are in the true spirit of
the Pathfinders, leading the way so
that others may follow."
Joining the Air Force in 2004, he
began his conversion on the C-130J in
September 2006 after pilot training.
Now a captain on the C-130J,
FLTLT Harwood is still a relatively
junior member of 37SQN who has
been recognised for his drive and
enthusiasm at the unit.
These traits were demonstrated at
Exercise Kapyong Warrior 2010.
Returning from a successful air-
drop mission with Army paratroopers,
FLTLT Harwood took the initiative
to liaise with exercise directors and
fly a second mission after another
Hercules had become unserviceable.
The Pathfinder Award also recognised
his quick progress to a supervisory
qualification, allowing him to conduct
basic checks on other C-130J pilots.
Thanks for half
a century, Bev
He will soon progress to the more
advanced check qualification.
In the past year, he has completed
two rotations to the MEAO.
Back at home, he has supported
efforts to introduce the Pilot Flight
Planning System to 37SQN opera-
He has also introduced new work-
force planning tools for pilots and
said he was honoured to be recog-
nised by the Pathfinder Association.
"I've always been aware of the
association through marching with
their members on Anzac Day and
attending their main functions each
"[While I'm proud to win the
Pathfinder award, I also recognise
that] there are some incredible peo-
ple at Air Lift Group, including the
aircrew out there doing their jobs,
maintainers who work hard to keep
the aircraft flying, and all the sup-
port staff who keep us going wher-
ever we are," FLTLT Harwood said.
FAREWELL: ACAUST AVM Mark
Skidmore presents Bev Gibson
with her commendation.
AN ICON of Headquarters Air
Command (HQAC) at RAAF Base
Glenbrook called it quits on April 1
after 50 years' dedicated service.
Beverly Gibson started work in
the typing pool at HQ Operational
Command on August 28, 1961.
In 1968, she was appointed
as the secretary to the Air Officer
She has witnessed the handover of
12 Air Officers Commanding and 12
Her service was recognised by the
Secretary's Award for Long Service
at 20, 30 and 40 years, and the Public
In her letter of resignation, Beverly
said she would cherish the memories
and friendships forged over the years.
"I will cherish the memories and
the relationships forded over my 49
years at HQAC. My experiences
have shaped me as a person and will
remain with me always.
"I thank you for the fun and laugh-
ter and wish you all a joyful, produc-
tive, peaceful and healthy life."
HANDFUL OF PRIZES: Pathfinder of the Year award winner FLTLT William Harwood, of 37SQN, flanked by
Greg Parsons, of the Pathfinder Association, and Commander Air Lift Group AIRCDRE Gary Martin at the
award dinner at RAAF Base Richmond.
Photo: LAC David Said
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