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Air Force Awards
May 26, 2011
LAC Bill Solomou
ONE thing Airman of the Year award winners have
in common is that they all know exactly where they
were when they heard the good news.
That goes without saying for this year's winner
CPL Shaylene McDonald, who is expecting a baby in
CPL McDonald was in her obstetrician's office
when the phone rang.
"I was having an ultrasound done. I was already
excited after seeing our child, but to then get that
news I was very happy," she said.
CPL McDonald was recognised for her achieve-
ments in her role as an acting senior non-commis-
sioned officer in charge of instructional technique
at 1 Radar Surveillance Unit (1RSU) Field Training
She initiated a series of mentoring and facilitat-
ing workshops that improved skills of instructors and
introduced new instructor techniques, and developed
a comprehensive training manual that has proven ben-
eficial to operators, instructors, technicians and senior
commanders at 1RSU.
CPL McDonald, an air surveillance operator, was
nominated for the award by 1RSU's Field Training
WOFF, Flight 1, WOFF Bernadette Browning.
"Immediately evident when dealing with CPL
McDonald is her professionalism and attention to
detail," WOFF Browning said.
"The workshops have been a valuable tool for
continual improvement upon the existing skills of the
instructors as well as providing a means of introduc-
ing new techniques."
Outside of her employment, CPL McDonald is
studying an arts degree with a major in security, ter-
rorism and counter-terrorism.
She is an active Animal Welfare League volunteer,
and on numerous occasions has organised fundraising
and community activities involving members of her
unit.CPL McDonald said the award was the highlight
of her career, and that she was very proud to have
received it. "The day after I was made aware of the
award I was notified that I had been promoted to ser-
geant, so those few days were very special," she said.
THE spotlight was focused on the outstanding
achievements of the 26 winners at the annual
Air Force Awards night in the Sergeants' Mess at
RAAF Base Amberley on May 11.
Four Air Force Band musicians, who started
the night with a rocking version of Robbie
Williams' Let Me Entertain You, showed the audi-
ence of about 90 that Air Force delivers outstand-
ing achievements in music as well.
In his welcoming address, CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin said he was particularly humbled
and proud of what Air Force people continued to
"Our deeds both here in Australia and overseas
have maintained our reputation as the best small
air force in the world," he said.
AIRMSHL Binskin said the awards night was
not only a measure of Air Force success but also a
reflection of the unique work ethic and contribu-
tion to air power.
The awards included Airman of the Year, the
most proficient RAAF base, the best Reserve
squadron, and excellence in instruction, safety,
flying proficiency, operational health, mainte-
nance, leadership, logistics support, engineering
and technical support.
A new entry this year was the Air Marshal S.D.
Evans and Airfield Defence Association Award
presented for "Outstanding leadership and opera-
tional performance" to a junior non-commissioned
officer within 2 Airfield Defence Squadron. This
award is designed to recognise airfield defence
guard section leaders in the field, and their con-
tribution to the sustainment of operations. It was
won by CPL Eli Neale.
AIRMSHL Binskin congratulated all of the
"And for our award recipients who, on our
90th anniversary continue to uphold our finest
customs and traditions, my sincere congratula-
tions," he said.
Our winners lauded
of the Year
1RSU; left, CPL
her award from
at RAAF Base
Photos: CPLs Rodney
Welch and Peter Borys
-- OVER THE PAGE
Oh, what a night...
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