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dried, the impact is still being felt.
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out our mates in times of trouble and hardship.
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to those flood affected families in the south eas
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FRONT & CENTRE
May 12, 2011
THE future of the people of civil war-
torn southern Sudan in Africa has tak-
en a turn for the better, thanks in part
to the efforts of a team of Air Force
Deployed as part of Operation
Azure, the ADF's contribution to the
United Nations Mission in Sudan
(UNMIS), the team of four supported
the lead-up and conduct of a historic
They have recently returned home.
After decades of civil war, the
people of southern Sudan went to the
polls in January to determine whether
to remain unified with the north of the
country. They voted overwhelmingly
in favour of forming a separate nation
of South Sudan, an event which will
occur on July 9.
The 17-strong ADF contingent
deployed in support of Azure com-
prises six military observers and 11
specialists in air movements, avia-
tion safety, operations and logistic
The Air Force team supported the
conduct of UN peacekeeping and
humanitarian missions by coordinat-
ing air movements and aviation safety,
as well as carrying out duties at the
SQNLDR Richard Harrison,
of Headquarters Joint Operations
Command, who oversaw the daily
operations of UNMIS aircraft, said
the referendum period was a highlight
of his time in Sudan.
"It was a privilege to be able to
contribute to such an historic event,"
SQNLDR Harrison said.
"The mission had a mixed fleet of
45 aircraft, which were continuously
tasked with transporting voting mate-
rial and electoral staff.
"Any delay or loss of an aircraft
due to technical problems had a
knock-on effect to other flights during
the day, and required constant man-
The UNMIS aircraft ranged from
the Mi-8 helicopter to larger aircraft
such as the B-737.
SGT Colin Sherlock, of RAAF
Base Amberley, who was deployed to
the logistics base at El Obeid, said he
was "particularly struck" by the vari-
ety of aircraft he worked with.
"I had the opportunity to work
with new and unusual aircraft -- pre-
dominantly Russian, ranging from
Mi-26 helicopters to Il-76 transport
aircraft," he said.
453SQN's SQNLDR Andrew
Gibbs, who was responsible for avia-
tion safety, was similarly impressed.
"It was a thrill to be an Australian
on the flightline of Sudan's largest air-
port, talking with Russian crews while
conducting a compliance inspection
on the largest helicopter in the world,"
As the operations warrant officer
in the military operations centre, SGT
Sue Boyd was responsible for main-
taining and updating briefing informa-
tion on the ground situation during the
lead up to the referendum.
"Working with the UN has shown
me how people from so many dif-
ferent countries and diverse cultural
backgrounds can work well together
in order to achieve a common objec-
tive," SGT Boyd said.
visits an aircraft
graveyard in Sudan;
conducts a safety
inspection on an
JOB SATISFACTION: From left, SGT Colin Sherlock, SGT Susan Boyd,
SQNLDR Andrew Gibbs and SQNLDR Richard Harrison stand outside
the headquarters building of the UN Mission in Sudan.
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