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August 4, 2011
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WARRANT officer Mark Pentreath
from RAAF Base Williams, Laver-
ton, will be the seventh Warrant Of-
ficer of the Air Force (WOFF-AF).
He is presently the Group
WOFF for Air Force Training
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
announced his appointment on July
25. AIRMSHL Brown said Air
Force was well positioned to
address the many and complex
issues that faced it over the next
"A significant factor is empow-
ering our people to achieve success
in the delivery of capability and the
conduct of effective air operations
as outlined in my Commander's
Intent," he said. "In this context, I
regard the Warrant Officer of the
Air Force as a key member of my
team with regard to its implemen-
WOFF Pentreath said he was
extremely proud and humbled by
his selection and was "somewhat
taken aback by all the attention".
Enlisting as a signals operator,
he also served as a military skills
instructor before remustering to
executive warrant officer in 2008.
He is a graduate of the
Australian Command and Staff
College and has served on opera-
tions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
WOFF Pentreath will replace
the current WOFF-AF, WOFF JJ
Miller, in November.
SGT Andrew Hetherington
NEW CDF GEN David Hurley's vi-
sion for the future of the ADF is
steeped in his tri-service experience
and revolves around interoperability.
"I've had probably more joint
experience than a number of previ-
ous CDFs and I didn't come from the
Service Chief route," GEN Hurley
"I can see where we have discon-
nects in capability or pressures on
joint enablers such as intelligence and
"So when I look at what this might
mean for the future of the ADF we
need to improve our joint training and
our joint logistics and my focus will
be to improve the ADF's overall joint
Apart from maintaining a sustaina-
ble work force, which he said was the
heart of what the ADF has to achieve
in the next five years, his main focus
will be on ADF operations and its
"We have to meet our operation-
al objectives, such as the transition
in Afghanistan and setting the scene
for continuing engagement with the
"With the Joint Strike Fighter,
although we won't see the first air-
craft in Australia until I finish
my term, it will have fundamental
impacts on how we think about future
THE Air Force balloon once
again is planning to visit central
Australia, Arnhem Land and the
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
launched the latest Arnhem Drifter
at the Defence Russell complex in
Canberra on July 26.
Arnhem Drifter, led by balloon
pilot SQNLDR Philip O'Donnell,
of Central Flying School's Balloon
Flight, will visit 22 communities
up until August 31.
AIRMSHL Brown said Arnhem
Drifter provided Air Force with a
great opportunity to bring aviation
to young Australians in remote
communities who otherwise
would not be able to experience
the magic of flight.
"The balloon allows many
communities and young people
to have a 'hands-on' experience
that is often not possible with
our other military capabilities,"
AIRMSHL Brown said.
"It also brings a serious educa-
tion message; teaching science
Since 1990, Air Force balloons
have provided opportunities for
the Air Force to bring aviation to
young Australians, especially to
those who do not have a local
As this newspaper went to print,
Arnhem Drifter was already on its way,
with these communities to come: Tennant
Creek (August 1), Katherine (August 2),
Nhulunbuy (August 5-9), Gapuwiyak
(August 10), Ramingining (August 11)
Tindal (August 12), Darwin (August
13 and 15), Kunnunurra (August 17),
Wamun (August 18), Fitzroy Crossing
(August 19), Halls Creek (August 20),
Balgo (August 21), Yeundumu (August
22), Marla (August 26), Coober Pedy
(August 27), Woomera (August 28),
Peterborough (August 29), Wentworth
(August 30) and Goolgowi (August 31).
Up, up and away
on Arnhem Drifter
IT'S A GAS: WOFF Brett Baker, left, and FSGT Mick Bracey watch
on as CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown fires up the burners of the Air
Force Balloon at the launch of Arnhem Drifter. Photo: CPL Guy Young
Next WOFF-AF 'proud and humbled'
air combat and air control and how we
will knit those concepts together in a
GEN Hurley said he was surprised
to be made CDF as there were a lot of
contenders for the position.
In his first month, GEN Hurley has
worked at how he would organise his
staff and operate as CDF.
"I want people to get used to my
style of decision making, how I do
things, how I want information pre-
sented and the timeliness I'd like
things to come in," he said.
"I don't see myself as being the
senior military bureaucrat in Defence,
I'm also the commander of the ADF
and I'm working through my program
to get out and visit the ADF on exer-
cises, in barracks and on bases to get
a good sense of what's going on.
"I've always sought out com-
mand appointments in my career, as
I thought they were the cutting edge,
critical and great jobs," he said.
"So it's great to be in another
command appointment but I'm
mighty aware of the weight and
responsibility which comes with it.
"It's a life and death position."
GEN Hurley has a number of
messages to ADF personnel.
"I'm very proud of what the
ADF represents, what it does and we
should be proud of this.
"Most importantly we need to pro-
tect our reputation and keep the base
of goodwill the Australian communi-
ty has for us and we need to cherish,
maintain and build on it."
He has another message for ADF
personnel who have come home from
operations and could be suffering.
"My point to all of them is there's
no prejudice or discrimination against
anyone who comes forward who says
they are suffering and need help," he
"My strongest plea to them is if they
are suffering, don't sit there and do it
hard by yourself, go and get help.
"We need everyone in the organi-
sation, families need their people and
we need them to be in good health."
VISION: CDF GEN David Hurley
with his predecessor, former ACM
Angus Houston. Photo: Steve Dent
NOVEMBER START: WOFF
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