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June 9, 2011
HEAVY rain at RAAF Base Amber-
ley failed to dampen the spirits of
2 Airfield Defence Squadron (2AFDS)
when it was presented with its Stand-
ard at a special consecration parade on
One hundred squadron personnel,
supported by members of 1AFDS, the
RAAF Fire and Security School, and
the wider ADG community and 30 Air
Force Band members were on parade.
Included in their midst were mili-
tary working dog Raven and her han-
dler SGT Kiwi Campbell, who guard-
ed the cased Standard.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
performed the honours on behalf of
VIPs including CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin, Commander Combat
Support Group AIRCDRE Noddy
Sawade and 19 members of the
Airfield Defence Association joined
families and friends at the historic
parade, which was commanded by
squadron CO WGCDR Iain Carty.
"Many of the association members
served in Vietnam and many of the
ADG's watching were part of the unit
in East Timor," WGCDR Carty said.
Standards are awarded to an opera-
tional squadron for having completed
25 years of service in the Air Force, or
for especially outstanding operations.
The Standard (or Colours) is used
to signify the position of the com-
mander or king, and was a rallying
point for his troops in battle.
The 2AFDS Standard battle hon-
ours are Pacific, Morotai and Borneo
1945 and East Timor 1999/2000.
In addition to the new Standard,
the squadron proudly displayed its
newly received Meritorious Unit
Citation streamer, which was awarded
for "sustained outstanding services in
warlike operations" in East Timor in
1999 during Operations Warden and
As everyone turned to the parade
ground, the weather closed in.
FLTLT David Woods from
Headquarters Combat Support Group
said the 25-minute downpour could
not have been more perfectly synchro-
nised with the start of the parade.
In addressing the squadron, Ms
Bryce said as with their crest, they
"You have served with distinction:
soared to the heights of the wedge-
tailed eagle in flight, upheld the
promise, resplendent in the crossed
rifle and sword. Along the way, some
have perished. But they are remem-
bered, with our gratitude and the
deepest respect. Forever enshrined in
your Standard in the sky blue silk,
the state floral emblems, the sprigs of
Australian wattle and the motto they
upheld: 'Defend the Eagles Nest'."
to the Queen
at RAAF Base
UNDER LEADEN SKIES: Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Parade
Commander WGCDR Iain Carty help raise the 2AFDS Standard.
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
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