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August 4, 2011
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70th Anniversary Ball
The Ball is open to all current staff, cadets, parents
and families of 2 Wing, past staff and cadets of the
AAFC, AIRTC and ATC, RSL Sub-Branches Members,
RAAF Associations Members and anyone who
supports the AAFC.
- Adults (20 years and over) $105 (includes $5 booking fee)
- Cadets and other guests of cadet age (13 to 19 years)
$75 (includes $5 booking fee)
- No guests under 13 years of age
- Special rates have been negotiated for hotel rooms
Please visit http://conferences.ozaccom.com.au/2011/aaf11/index.html
to purchase your tickets.
A range of 2 Wing 70th Anniversary Memorabilia is being designed and a
catalogue and order details will be available shortly.
A table-themed competition has been organised for the night.
Please use the contact details below to find out more information.
For further information, please contact:
WOFF(AAFC) Mark Merrell
Wing Warrant Officer
2 Wing AAFC
3 September 2011
for 7.30pm start
WHERE: Plaza Ballroom
Brisbane Convention and
Enjoy pre-dinner drinks
and canap s whilst
watching River Fire on
the big screens before
the official ceremonies
start in the Plaza
THE latest Exercise Precision Red at
RAAF Base Townsville has proven the
biggest to date.
Geared to prepare air mobility crews
for the rigours of flying in the MEAO,
Exercise Precision Red, held early last
month, had first-time participation from
a 36SQN C-17A and a Royal New
Zealand Air Force C-130H.
Precision Red is held twice a year
by 285SQN to train new C-130J crews
at the end of their conversion to the air-
craft. Up to three C-130Js were used in
the latest exercise.
Since 2009, it has expanded to
include Exercise Precision Support,
which provides Combat Support Group
(CSG) units the chance to activate
remote airfields and likewise prepare
personnel for rigours of the MEAO.
A total of 180 CSG personnel were
deployed for Precision Support, with
150 in the field. Further deployed
specialist support came from H l
Support Wing and 44WG.
Air mobility missions were
flown out of Townsville to remote
airfields in the Shoalwater Bay
and Townsville Field Training
XO 285SQN SQNLDR Peter
Cseh said the exercise graduated
two qualified flying instructors for
C-130J training, along with four
full C-130J crews -- each with a
pilot, co-pilot and loadmaster.
"Australian and New Zealand
Hercules flew a total of 30 sortie
and logged 156 flying hours for this
exercise," SQNLDR Cseh said.
For three days, a 36SQN C-17A
flew missions between Townsville and
Williamson Airfield in Shoalwater Bay.
The sorties allowed equipment destined
for Exercise Talisman Sabre to be deliv-
ered, as well as providing opportuni-
ty for airfield defence guards from 1
Airfield Defence Squadron to practise
aircraft security procedures.
"While the priority for us is on
training the Herc crews, there is
always scope for others to participate,"
SQNLDR Cseh said.
"The combat support elements feel
this is as good a mission rehearsal exer-
cise as they can get prior to going to
"This was the first time the C-130
and the CSG elements were collocated
in the same building for the exercise,
which proved a great success.
FOURTEEN more Australian soldiers
who died on Australia's bloodiest
day in military history -- the battle of
Fromelles -- have been honoured at a
headstone ceremony in France.
The men were CPL Frederick
Fletcher and PTE Percy Geason,
55BN; CAPT Thomas Sheridan, CPL
David Livingstone and PTE Herbert
Haslam, 29BN; PTE Albert Bromley
and PTE George Hungerford, 53BN;
LCPL Willliam Craigie and PTE Arthur
Russell, 54BN; CPL Charles Murray,
PTE Matthew Hepple and PTE Daniel
Ryan, 30BN; PTE Leslie Walsh, 31BN;
and PTE Maurice Reid, 32BN.
They were identified last April.
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon joined
relatives of the men on July 19 -- the
95th anniversary of the battle -- as
named headstones were unveiled at the
Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military
Ninety six Australians were identi-
fied in 2010 and this brings the total of
soldiers now identified to 110.
14 WWII soldiers honoured
A further 100 soldiers have been
identified as serving with the Australian
forces. Two soldiers have been identi-
fied as serving with the British and 38
remain "known unto God".
The project to recover, reinter, iden-
tify and commemorate all the 250 sol-
diers who were discovered in France in
2009 will continue until 2014 and rela-
tives of soldiers who died in the battle
are encouraged to contact the ADF to
help identify the remaining 140 men.
POIGNANT: A student from
Cobbers School, Fromelles, at the
ceremony at the Fromelles Military
"Weather made the exercise difficult
in the first week, but luckily cleared up
in the second."
For 37SQN technicians, Precision
Red is also useful preparation for the
pressures and workload faced in the
"Maintenance battled with some
challenging unserviceabilities in the
first week and had to work to the limits
their crew duty would allow to allow
us to meet objectives," SQNLDR Cseh
The next Exercise Precision Red is slated
to return to RAAF Base Townsville in
BIG PARTICIPATION: Above, pilot FLTLT Collin
East, left, and co-pilot FLTLT Trent Davidson at the
flight deck of a 36SQN C-17A. Right, RAAF Base
Townsville personnel secure a Bushmaster on a
C-17A at Williamson Airfield.
Photos: LACW Rosaleen Normoyle
EVER ALERT: AC Owen Shaw, of
1AFDS, helps provide point security
for a 36SQN C-17A.
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