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MEMBERS in disruptive pattern com-
bat uniforms and flying suits instead
of dress blues gave an operational
touch to a parade at RAAF Base Tin-
dal last month when CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin presented 75SQN with
a Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC)
The MUC was awarded in rec-
ognition of "the squadron's sus-
tained outstanding service in warlike
operations" in Iraq in 2003 during
Falconer started on March 18,
2003 and ended on July 16 that year.
The squadron flew 350
rties and dropped more
an 120 laser-guided bombs.
It was the first time the
AAF had dropped bombs
n enemy targets since the
ar in Vietnam.
Squadron CO WGCDR
hil Arms said the visit by
AIRMSHL Binskin pro-
ided an ideal opportunity
or the presentation.
"A number of members
who deployed as part of
the Operation Falconer commitment
are still with the squadron and many of
them were present on parade," WGCDR
After the squadron fell in, it was
called to attention as its Colours were
marched on to the parade. They were
then presented to AIRMSHL Binskin
who attached the Operation Falconer
citation lanyard to the Colours staff.
75SQN's initial role in Operation
Falconer was to protect high-value
coalition aircraft such as air-to-air
refuelling and airborne warning and
control system aircraft.
As it became clear that the Iraqi
Air Force posed little threat, 75SQN's
role shifted to providing close air sup-
port to coalition ground forces and
air interdiction missions against Iraqi
forces. These missions were initially
flown in support of the US Army but
evolved to supporting the wider coali-
"75SQN has a long and proud his-
tory, including its part in the desper-
ate battle at Milne Bay in August and
September 1942," CAF said.
"It took the same courage, forti-
tude and determination to Iraq and
I know it is continuing to maintain
those qualities and tradition today."
75SQN's belated honour
PROUD MOMENT: Above, CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin salutes as the
Colours are marched on by FLGOFF Jason De Iuliis, and then presented to
Photos: LAC Terry Hartin
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