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July 21, 2011
TWO members of the 'This is
Your Air Force' (TIYAF) com-
munity engagement program
took on a league of little locals
recently to help promote the Air
TIYAF coordinators LAC
Lachlan Robinson, of 27SQN,
and ACW Jamie Polzin, of 1
Airfield Operational Support
Squadron, attended the Willows
State School athletics carnival in
Over the two-day event, they
helped the teachers and parents
to run the carnival, judged the
placements of runners in races,
helped organise the paperwork
and were picked to run in the
4x100m relay race.
"It was a truly fantastic expe-
rience and I would gladly volun-
teer to do it and other things like
this again," LAC Robinson said.
The TIYAF program was
introduced earlier this year to
pro-actively communicate with
schools and other younger com-
munity groups about the realities
of life in the Air Force.
A highlight for the two mem-
bers was presenting the cham-
pion medals to the different ages
and Air Force water bottles and
t-shirts to the children at the end
of the carnival.
They said they considered the
event as a great way for Air Force
members to be seen as positive
role models for the students and
encourage them to live an active
enjoyed ourselves immensely,"
LAC Robinson said.
"It was a great experience for
us as members of the ADF to
be involved with the public, and
to be a part of the school. [The
TIYAF] is definitely something I
would recommend to other mem-
bers to get on board with in the
future," LACW Polzin said.
For further information or to
get involved, contact your local
TIYAF coordinator or Program OIC
SQNLDR Ray Bray at raymond.
Little league of their own
SCHOOL SPIRIT: 27SQN's LAC Lachlan Robinson and 1AOSS's ACW Jamie Polzin (in blue
t-shirts) with students at the Willows State School athletics carnival.
Air Force Band
July 30: The Ceremonial
Band will support the Korean
Cease Fire Service at the
Shrine of Remembrance in
Melbourne from 1pm.
July 20: The Ceremonial
Band will support the 1RTU
graduation parade at RAAF
Base Wagga from 11am.
To confirm dates and tim-
ings, call WOFF Stephen
Bate on (03) 9256 2514.
29SQN will hold a 10th anni-
versary dinner on October
7 at the Anglesea Barracks
Officers' Mess in Hobart. All
current and past members of
29SQN are invited to attend.
For more information, contact
SGT Kelley Linger on (03)
6237 7129 or email: kelley.
Fire and rescue reunion
A RAAF fire and rescue reun-
ion will be held from October
28-30 at the Olims Hotel in
Canberra. To register your
interest and find out more
details, contact Pat Mildren
on (07) 4728 5261 or pmil-
Past and present members
of 34SQN, or anyone affili-
ated with the squadron, are
invited to register their inter-
est in attending a reunion in
Canberra in 2012. For more
information, contact Ken
Stone at marganken@big-
DIRECTOR-GENERAL Personnel -- Air Force
AIRCDRE Bob Rodgers is looking for people inter-
ested in joining a team that will shape Air Force culture
into the future under the Air Force Adaptive Culture
"I see the next few years as being a time of renew-
al for the AFAC program," AIRCDRE Rodgers said.
"I am interested in hearing from people who
would like to be involved in shaping the Air Force's
"I want people who can provide ideas and innova-
tion, enthusiasm and persistence, wisdom about how
the Air Force operates, an ability to exert a positive
influence over others and the necessary drive to deliv-
er results in a complex and often ambiguous setting."
As a start, AIRCDRE Rodgers is looking for per-
sonnel to fill WGCDR or SQNLDR positions on the
team but stressed that he is seeking the right people
"If you feel you have a drive for this work and that
you have something to offer in this critical organisa-
tional domain, let me know. If you are that person, I
want you on the team," he said.
Describing the future as a challenging and exciting
time, he said there would be changes in the systems
and platforms Air Force operates, the way it goes
about its business, and the way the force is organised.
"We need a culture that will allow us to thrive
in this environment of change, one that ensures that
we make the most of the opportunities before us and
most importantly the opportunity to become an ever
more effective fighting force," he said.
"The AFAC program is a crucial part of the ser-
vice's drive to develop the right culture.
"Our culture supports how we fight and how we
live as an organisation and as individuals. It defines
the way we act, our reputation within the Australian
Defence Organisation and the community at large,
what we really believe and how we do things on a
"It shapes our Air Force policy framework and
how we value and mange our people. It influences the
way we fight and helps us understand the boundaries
we place on ourselves and our behaviour."
The AFAC program has developed a range of
attributes among members such as: being values
based, having systems thinking and a shared sense of
purpose, being able to understand and value relation-
ships, being open, valuing learning, and achieving
From these attributes the Air Force would be bet-
ter placed to function effectively in operations and
Personnel interested in joining the team are asked
to provide a single-page outline of their background
and a synopsis of what they would bring to the ongo-
ing development and maintenance of Air Force cul-
ture through WGCDR Wendy Gill at email Wendy.
Positions for 2012 close shortly.
Further information about AFAC is available from the
Director of Organisational Development and Psychology,
Mr Tony Hewson at Tony.Hewson@defence.gov.au
VALUABLE OPPORTUNITY: DGPERS-AF is
looking to fill SQNLDR and WGCDR positions
on the Air Force Adaptive Culture Program but is
after the right people, not rank.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
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