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August 18, 2011
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tour from duty
SIX members from No. 13 (City of Darwin)
Squadron experienced climate change in June when
they completed an Air Force driver training course
provided by No. 29 (City of Hobart) Squadron at the
Stony Head Military Training Area in Tasmania.
The senior training officer in 29SQN, SQNLDR
Phil Keays, said despite the major difference in cli-
mate between Darwin and Tasmania and challenging
driving conditions, all of the 13SQN students were
awarded Air Force licences for a commercial line and
general service light vehicle, a commercial line and
general service medium rigid vehicle, an all-wheel
drive medium rigid vehicle, and a commercial line
light rigid bus.
SQNLDR Keays said the students were highly
enthusiastic and professional even through a storm
with gale-force winds and heavy rain.
CO 29SQN WGCDR Andrew Layton said while
29SQN is small in size, the unit had the capabil-
ity and capacity to assist other city squadrons in 396
Expeditionary Combat Support Wing.
He said the unit has access to Defence training
areas with excellent facilities, which are readily avail-
able for training.
Driver testing officers and unit driving instructors
from 29SQN, No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron
and 322 Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron
initially conducted the driver training course in the
Tamar Valley in northern Tasmania.
Unexpected climatic conditions extended the
course to southern Tasmania when a plume of ash
from a Chilean volcano cancelled all flights in and out
of the state.
The ash cloud delayed the departure of the 13SQN
members, who used this additional time to obtain bus
licences under challenging driving conditions, with
a steep drive up a snow-capped Mt Wellington near
SQNLDR Keays said 29SQN was now planning
to hold a driver training course in November when
the weather should be ideal in Tasmania with longer
daylight hours to maximise the practical phase of the
For information on the 29SQN driver training course in
November, contact SGT Kelley Linger on (03) 6237 7129
The Air Force driver training
course and vehicles at
the Stony Head Military
Training Area in Tasmania
with members from 13SQN,
21SQN, 29SQN and
322ECSS. Photo: SGT Andy Hall
Defence Charity Ball
The Australian Defence Charity Ball will be held
at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
on September 10 to raise funds for Legacy. The
tri-service event -- which attracted more than
800 people last year -- will feature entertainment
from Darryl Braithwaite and band, Gretel Killeen
and the RAN band, as well as a range of activities
including displays from Air Force MWD puppies
and Navy divers. For more information, visit
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