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THE School of Air Traffic Control
(SATC) was awash with pride on May
24 when it received its Governor-
General's Banner in wet conditions at
RAAF Base East Sale.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
braved the elements during the special
consecration parade to conduct the
parade review and present the banner
to Colour Bearer FLTLT Paul Scott.
"Part of the parade was subject to
steady rain, though Her Excellency
was not fazed," FLTLT Scott said.
"Ms Bryce chose to inspect the parade
without an umbrella, much to the
admiration of parade personnel."
Members of other East Sale units,
including the School of Air Warfare,
Central Flying School, 30SQN,
Training Aircraft Systems Program
Office, 32SQN, 4 Expeditionary
Health Squadron Det East Sale and
Headquarters Training Wing joined
their SATC colleagues on parade.
CO SATC WGCDR Patrick
Cooper, who was parade commander,
said the adverse conditions did not
dampen their enthusiasm.
"The weather at the precise
moment of the parade presented addi-
FORMER members and family mem-
bers joined staff for a day and night
of activities and festivities when the
School of Air Traffic Control (SATC)
at RAAF Base East Sale turned 30 on
Thirty years ago the school sepa-
rated from the Central Flying School
(CFS). At the time it was designated
as C-Flight CFS.
CO WGCDR Pat Cooper said all
SATC personnel were very proud of
WGCDR Cooper launched the
day's activities by showcasing how
far SATC had come in training
air traffic controllers into a fully
developed unit which teaches the
new-generation Joint Battlefield
Airspace Controllers (JBAC).
"SATC's current world-class
facilities and achievements owe a
lot to the dedication of the personnel
from C Flight CFS who set the foun-
dations for SATC," WGCDR Cooper
The guests were then given tours
of the facility, which showcased
SATC's equipment including its two
360-degree tower simulators.
One demonstrated a normal Air
Base Air Traffic Service sequence,
while the other demonstrated how
JBACs operate in the tactical envi-
Guests were also shown through
the radar simulator as well as the vis-
ual part task trainers which are used
by students to prepare for working in
the 360 degree simulator.
The day ended with a formal din-
ner, during which the anniversary
cake was cut by WGCDR Cooper
and former school COs.
SATC celebrates 30th
tional challenges, but the Governor-
General certainly aimed up in the rain,
so the least the members could do was
to put in their best effort," he said.
The Governor-General's Banner is
awarded to a non-operational squad-
ron for completing 25 years of ser-
vice in the Air Force, or for especially
outstanding operations. Originally
awarded to SATC in 2009, the ban-
ner denotes 25 years of sustained out-
standing service, and was consecrated
this year to coincide with the squad-
ron's 30th anniversary.
Ms Bryce said as Commander-in-
Chief she was honoured to make the
"The banner I present today rep-
resent the loyalty and dedication of
all members in the Royal Australian
Air Force who have served at SATC,"
to spoil colourful days
PROUD MOMENT: A rain-splattered SQNLDR Martin Van der Merwe uncases the Governor-General's
Banner during the parade.
Photo: AC Oliver Carter
perform a Royal Salute during the
Photo: AC Oliver Carter
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