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May 12, 2011
HELPING Air Force colleagues who
are still struggling to rebuild their lives
after the Queensland floods will be as
simple as indulging your passion for
coffee, muffins or even bought lunches
from May 30 to June 4.
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin is
asking you to shop on base at your
Frontline canteen over this time as
part of 'Have a coffee -- Help a mate'.
Ten per cent of all turnover will go
to the appeal, which is part of a force-
wide 'Help a Mate in Need' initiative.
The floods have resulted in resto-
ration and reconstruction costs esti-
mated at more than $5 billion.
Air Force families in the Ipswich
and Amberley areas remain in need
of additional assistance in their flood
recovery and rebuilding efforts and,
despite assistance packages, continue
to find life difficult.
At least 45 Air Force personnel
have needs that vary from a few thou-
sand dollars for the replacement of
white or electrical goods to amounts
of well over $400,000 for the rebuild-
ing of houses.
AIRMSHL Binskin, in coopera-
tion with Defence Frontline Services,
has launched the appeal as part of a
process of looking at ways to raise
funds that can be used to assist affect-
CAF said many members who
needed assistance had turned out to
assist others in their disaster-impact-
ed areas before they attended to their
own problems. Now, Air Force could
help them get back on their feet.
"Our colleagues and their fami-
lies need our help and this is an easy
way to help through this initiative,"
AIRMSHL Binksin said.
AIRCDRE Ian Pearson, who
is the Air Force member of the
Frontline Defence Services Board of
Management, said buying a coffee,
muffin, sandwich, or anything else from
Frontline during the appeal week would
generate significant turnover.
"A successful appeal week will
allow us to do much more to help
those who are so clearly in need, and
will send a powerful message that Air
Force people look after their own,"
The funds raised will be passed to
Air Force welfare agencies for distri-
bution in accordance with those agen-
cies' identification of needs in their
Further information about 'Help a
Mate in Need' can be found at www.
frontlineds.com.au/helpamate.php or by
visiting your local base canteen.
FLASHBACK: The sad scene of
devastation in Grantham in South-
East Queensland in January.
Photo: PO Damian Pawlenko
' Our colleagues and their families
need our help and this is an easy
way to help through this initiative.
Call on Catholics
THE Catholic Diocese of the ADF is
inviting ADF personnel and their fam-
ily members to attend World Youth
Day, which will be held in Madrid,
Spain, from August 5 to 23. French
military chaplains have invited ADF
personnel to join them and an esti-
mated 300 military personnel from
various NATO forces on a five-day
pilgrimage hike from Lourdes in
southern France, across the Pyrenees
Mountains, to the French-Spanish
border before travelling in a mili-
tary convoy to the Spanish capital,
Madrid. There, personnel will be
hosted by the Spanish military for a
week of celebrations that will climax
with holy mass celebrated by Pope
Benedict XVI on August 21. For more
information, visit www.military.catho-
INTERIM basic flying training for the
ADF will continue at Tamworth after
BAE Systems Australia Limited was
awarded an $86.6 million six-year
contract to provide the training.
Under the contract, which starts
next January, BAE Systems will
continue to use the CT-4B training
aircraft, which have been upgraded.
The contract includes annual exten-
sion options for Defence, for up to a
further six years. While BAE Systems
will provide this training, a new pilot
training system is planned to be intro-
duced during 2015-17 under Project
IN DEFENCE Honours and Awards
Newsletter Issue 10 -- April 2011,
included as an insert in Air Force
News on April 14, the rank of the CDF,
ACM Angus Houston, was incorrectly
shown as "Air Marshal" in the article
Inquiry into unresolved recognition for
past acts of naval and military valour.
The Defence Honours and Awards
Directorate acknowledges this error
and regrets any embarrassment this
may have caused.
Photo: LAC Christopher Hall
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