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July 7, 2011
RESERVE and permanent Defence
personnel are being asked to give
their views on what is being called
the biggest review of reserve forces
The Reserve Reform Stream
(RRS) has the support of senior
Defence chiefs, with former CDF
ACM Angus Houston saying it had
the potential to be the most progres-
sive reform of reserves in 60 years.
Evidence from Defence personnel
is being sought through two means
-- a Have Your Say website and a sur-
vey exploring reserve employment,
what it means and what personnel
expect from it.
An open letter from new CDF GEN
David Hurley appears as an adver-
tisement on Page 12 of this edition.
He said that service chiefs wanted
genuine reform and urged Defence
personnel to take part.
"We appreciate that there are
often requests for feedback, ideas
and submissions," GEN Hurley said.
"However, if you undertake one
such measure this year we urge you
to make it this."
The RRS is part of the Strategic
Reform Program to enhance the way
the respective reserve forces and
reservists are used.
It aims to ensure that Defence has
a contemporary employment offer for
reservists that is more flexible, adap-
tive to the needs of the reservist and
Defence, and attractive in an increas-
ingly competitive workforce market.
The Reserve Reform Stream
Project, headed by Jerome Reid, said
the reforms would ensure reserves
were considered as an integral part
of the total force and deliver the
required capability for Force 2030.
Mr Reid said he was keen to hear
the views and ideas of permanent
and reserve members on how to help
make this happen.
He said the survey would be sent
to Defence personnel from July 12
and was keen to ensure maximum
engagement in the survey.
"If you do not receive a survey and
would like one, simply email us with
your contact details, postal address,
service and role and a survey will be
sent to you."
To enable the timely receipt and
processing of the survey responses,
register your interest as soon as
possible by emailing ReserveReform.
Ideas@defence.gov.au. Views and
ideas can be submitted at www.
personnel who do not receive a
survey can request one by emailing
RESCUE assets at RAAF Base Tindal
swung into action on June 19 when the
CHC organisation on base responded
to an emergency beacon in southern
CHC scrambled its SK76 helicop-
ter with medical personnel from 2
Expeditionary Health Squadron (2EHS)
On arrival 35 minutes later, the crew
found a 65-year-old woman, who was
travelling with a 12-person group, had
fallen down a ravine and suffered head
and right leg injuries.
322 Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron Base Aviation Safety Officer
FLTLT Howard Wooster said in the
first instance AMSA had asked if CHC
could respond with medical support as
there was a possibility that there were
The medical team comprised the
duty medical officer FLTLT Jason
Dawson and duty nursing officer
FLGOFF Paul Head.
The CHC crew members were air-
craft captain Stuart Dawes, co-pilot
Mischa Hodalin, aircrewman Mick
Gablonski and rescue crewman Charles
The helicopter was guided in by a
SAR mission-specific Dornier aircraft
operated by the Australian Maritime
Safety Authority (AMSA), which had
located the position of the emergency
beacon and was orbiting the site.
FLTLT Dawson praised the Dornier
crew, which included reservist FLTLT
Carrolyn Borstelmann as mission com-
He said the hikers had placed a
bright red ground sheet on rocks at
the base of the ravine to highlight
After making a couple of passes
the CHC pilots selected a safe area
"We hovered about two to three
metres while Mr McGregor-Shaw
winched down to clear away some
Chance to have your
say on reserve reform
low-lying bushes and trees," FLTLT
"After landing, FLGOFF Head, Mr
McGregor-Shaw and I scrambled down
to where the patient was located. We
found she had landed on her head after
falling off the ravine edge.
"She had fallen late in the after-
noon the day before and been looked
after by one of the party who was a
"We treated her as having potential
spinal injuries, provided pain relief and
then readied her for winching up in a
The patient and three members were
then winched back aboard the waiting
helicopter. It was a 70m winch in wind
gusts up to 15 knots.
The woman was taken to the
Royal Darwin Hospital where she
was released later that day after being
cleared of any major injuries.
TINDAL TEAM RESCUE: From left, captain Stuart Dawes, rescue
crewman Mick Gablonski, nursing officer FLGOFF Paul Head,
medical officer FLTLT Jason Dawson, SAR base manager Charles
McGregor-Shaw, senior base engineer Scott Holden and first officer
Mischa Hodalin in front of the CHC helicopter used to rescue an
injured woman in southern Kakadu. FLTLT Dawson, FLGOFF Head
and Mr McGregor-Shaw scrambled down to help the woman who fell
off a ravine edge while hiking.
Photo: LAC Terry Hartin
to take off
MORE than 140 aircraft will be
engaged in Exercise Talisman
Sabre 11's air campaign, flying out
of airfields across Australia.
RAAF Base Darwin personnel
will support operations by US Air
Force F-15C Eagle fighters, along
with a number of KC-135 tankers.
Further south at RAAF Base
Tindal, 75SQN Hornets will oper-
ate alongside a 2SQN Wedgetail,
which will be making its debut
appearance on the exercise. RAAF
Base Townsville personnel will
be supporting a squadron of US
Marine Corps F/A-18s, as well as
Marine KC-130J tankers.
RAAF C-130, C-17As and
King Air aircraft will be pro-
viding airlift of personnel and
materials into Rockhampton,
Tindal, Townsville, Darwin, and
Shoalwater Bay. The C-130s and
C-17As will also be involved in
paradrop activities, tactical field
insertions and extractions.
At RAAF Base Amberley,
1SQN Super Hornets will support
maritime and amphibious opera-
tions in the Shoalwater Bay area,
along with 76SQN Hawk 127s.
Additional support will come from
92WG AP-3Cs, flying alongside
US Navy Orions.
Full coverage in coming editions.
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