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WHEN Logistics Support Flight (LSF) Combat
Support Unit -- 3 (CSU-3) deployed to the MEAO
last July, their aim was to leave the place better than
when they arrived.
Hard work and sound logistics ensured that they
more than met their aim.
The arrival of CSU-3 in the MEAO followed the
co-location of the C-130 and AP-3C detachments at
Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
After setting to work, the team found that the
C-130 detachment was not being properly catered
for within the logistics support system and set out to
change the situation.
They found that the detachment was still operat-
ing from a Fly Away Kit (FAK), both physically
and on the Military Integrated Logistics Information
The Operational Maintenance Store (OMS) sup-
ported the AP-3C detachment only and there had
been no change to the layout of the warehouse after
the C-130s moved on to the base.
The C-130 detachment's equipment personnel
were working in an environment which was not
OH&S compliant and were working directly for the
OIC maintenance unit, which resulted in a lack of
logistics governance and oversight.
Also, limited support from the LSF was being
provided to the C-130 detachment.
Under the leadership of FLTLT Todd Byron, and
with the support of WOFF Mathew Williamson and
CPL Martin Kreusmann, CSU-3 successfully intro-
duced major improvements within three-and-a-half
The entire stock holdings of C-130 equipment
in the OMS were reviewed and prioritised into fast,
medium and slow/bulk-moving items.
All items and the racking were removed and the
OMS cleaned out and reconfigured.
86WG equipment staff members were transferred
to the OMS SNCO, which moved all responsibility
for equipment personnel management to the CSU
This resulted in a concentrated focus on equip-
ment governance, of the backlog of outstanding
86WG equipment tasks, an OH&S compliant work
area, an equipment command chain and the profes-
sional development of members, including mentoring
and peer support.
The FAK was emptied and returned to Australia
and all stock movements were finalised on MILIS.
A concentrated effort was undertaken to rational-
ise stock within holdings and to reduce numbers of
items wherever possible. Examples included reduc-
ing the holdings of clothing, including a very large
volume of excess clothing that was held in the bulk
warehouse and OMS. Over the rotation, 14 pallets of
extreme cold weather clothing plus 109 lines, com-
prising 1731 items of clothing, were rationalised.
Article provided by the Air Force Improvement Team.
AIR Force parents are able
to access the Government's
Paid Parental Leave (PPL)
Scheme, which provides up
to 18 weeks of Parental Leave
Pay at the National Minimum
The scheme is available
to eligible working parents
who are the primary carer of
children born or adopted from
January 1 this year.
Despite its title, the
scheme does not provide
leave, but provides a payment
to complement other types
of leave -- paid or unpaid --
including maternity, adoption,
parental, annual and long ser-
It is separate from
Defence's parental and mater-
nity leave provisions. Receipt
of PPL does not affect access
to any of the Defence provi-
The eligible parent must
be absent from work on paid
or unpaid leave or a break
in training for reservists to
receive the pay. It must be
taken in one continuous peri-
od from the date of birth or
adoption of the child.
If the parent returns to
duty before the end of the 18
weeks, their pay will stop.
Personnel wishing to
claim PPL Scheme payments
must do so via the Family
Assistance Office (FAO).
Information about eligibil-
ity can be found at www.fam-
Before lodging a claim
through the FAO, personnel
should discuss leave inten-
tions with their supervisor.
Further information available in
Leave Pay available to parents
FRONT LINE: An Air Force team deployed to
the MEAO set out to correct logistic shortfalls
in catering for the C-130 detachment after it
collocated to Al Minhad Air Base in the United
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