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May 26, 2011
THE treatment of personnel
wounded in combat, peacekeep-
ing or other operational areas
came under the spotlight in
Sydney recently for 375 health
The 21st Asia-Pacific Military
Medicine Conference was con-
ducted by the United States Army
Pacific Command and United
States Pacific Command and co-
hosted by the ADF.
Defence Science and
Personnel Minister Warren
Snowdon opened the conference,
which also included a range of
presentations on veterinary and
other combat animal-related
THE Air Force spends many hours com-
memorating its lost comrades, most of whom
perished during World War II. However, last
month 10SQN remembered one of its lost
brothers from a more recent event.
On April 26, 1991, 10SQN P-3C Orion
A9-754 took off from the airfield on West
Island, Cocos Island, to return to RAAF Base
Edinburgh when it suffered a mid-air emer-
gency and ditched into Rumah Baru lagoon.
As it struck the water, a propeller blade
sheared off and smashed through the fuselage
where it struck FLGOFF Tom Henniker, kill-
ing him instantly.
The other 19 members of the crew
scambled to safety on top of the aircraft where
they were rescued by Cocos Island locals.
On April 26, 2001, a memorial plaque and
memorial stone were dedicated at a commem-
orative service beside the island's airport.
To mark 20 years after the accident,
10SQN re-dedicated the weathered memorial
with a new replacement plaque, placed on the
same memorial stone.
Under the command of 10SQN CO
WGCDR Mick Jansen, the 18-member party
included an honour guard made up of squad-
ron members and a corporal posted to the
Also in attendance was FLTLT Henniker's
brother Richard and four members of the crew
of A9-754, SQNLDR Jack Coard, SQNLDR
Joe Wotton, FLTLT Tim Tucker and WOFF
Chris Ogden, all of whom are still serving.
The memorial service was conducted by
24SQN's CHAP Mark Butler, with readings
from 92WG's SQNLDR Jack Coard and SGT
"The loss of FLGOFF Tom Henniker is
still heartfelt by 10SQN, with many crew
members on that tragic flight still serving in
the Air Force today," WGCDR Jansen said.
Focus on treatment and rehab
a lost brother
Joe Wotton; far
New joint ops chief
CDF ACM Angus Houston has
announced Brian 'Ash' Power
as Chief of Joint Operations
effective May 20 following
promotion to lieutenant general.
LTGEN Power has held
several key operational and
staff appointments, his most
recent as Deputy Chief of Staff,
Strategic Partnering (Ministry of
Defence), Kabul. "I know all our
military operations will benefit
from the experience Ash brings
to this position," ACM Houston
said. He also thanked outgoing
CJOPS LTGEN Mark Evans for
his work in the position.
Signals school opens
ADF communicators can look
forward to learning their craft
at Watsonia after Defence
Parliamentary Secretary David
Feeney officially opened the
new $100 million Defence
Forces School of Signals
there on May 2. The new
school will provide state-of-
the-art training facilities for
more than 500 ADF members
each year as they train in
systems and electronic-warfare
specialisations. The new three-
storey building includes living-in
accommodation for students,
office accommodation, a lecture
theatre and classified training
Eligibility for medals
PERSONNEL involved with
Operations Gateway and
Lagoon are invited to forward
submissions to an inquiry
into their suitability for rec-
ognition for possible medals.
Operation Gateway was the
conduct of maritime recon-
naissance and surveillance
patrols over the northern Indian
Ocean and South China Seas
and began in 1981. Lagoon
was the first combined South
Pacific region peacekeeping
operation commanded by the
ADF in Bougainville in 1994.
Submissions to the inquiries will
close on June 3. The Tribunal
can be contacted at email DHA.
Tribunal@defence.gov.au or for
further information, visit www.
Correcting the record
tion of Air Force News, two
phone numbers listed in the arti-
cle "Contacts for culture reviews
announced" were incor-
rect. The correct num-
Review of the man-
agement of com-
plaints -- 1800 688
Review of allegations
of sexual abuse or
misconduct by inde-
pendent DLA Piper
review team -- 1800
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