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September 15, 2011
SEVENTEEN Air Force members and their families
will be forever grateful to the Ambassador Apartments
on Chevron Island on the Gold Coast.
After the Queensland floods, the management of
the apartments offered two rooms free of charge for
eight weeks -- a kind offer that provided welcome res-
pite for the displaced families.
RAAF Base Amberley chaplains Tim Hodgson
and Craig Boettcher added the roles of booking
agents to their ever-diversifying job list.
Both men hit the ground running at Amberley after
the floods and since January have been working with
airmen and their families affected by the deluge.
Aside from providing chaplaincy care and coun-
selling, they have provided access to RAAF Welfare
Trust Fund (RWTF) grants, state government grants
and respite weekends to RAAF Welfare Recreation
Company (RWRC) holiday houses.
CHAP Boettcher said about 42 members had reg-
istered for the RWTF flood relief grants and loans.
The RWRC provided respite support for members
and their families free of charge.
CHAP Boettcher said members were still suf-
fering; some have lost property from $10,000 to
$340,000 and many were still awaiting compensation.
Now, the Ambassador Apartments will have some-
thing to remember Amberley by.
On behalf of the members, CHAP Hodgson pre-
sented Andrew Wilkinson, one of the managers of the
Ambassador Apartments, with a framed image of a
1SQN aircraft on August 10.
SQNLDR David Scherr is one of two
HQ 1 Division staff members recognised
for their work coordinating the ADF re-
sponse to the Queensland floods in De-
cember and January.
SQNLDR Scherr and CAPT Rupert
Hindle were awarded bronze commen-
dations on August 5 for their leadership
of land and air elements at HQ Joint
Task Force 637 during the floods.
SQNLDR Scherr's commendation
acknowledges his tireless and consist-
ently sound advice on the optimal use
of the Air Force's critical air assets as a
significant contribution to the ADF sup-
port to the people of Queensland.
As the JTF Air Component
Coordination Element, SQNLDR
Scherr was granted unprecedented
direct tasking authority over the Air
Force commitment of three C-17As
and four C-130s.
"That authority gave the JTF the
ability to respond to incredibly dynamic
circumstances," SQNLDR Scherr said.
"We could rapidly task the aircraft
and deliver the relief effort where and
when it was most needed."
Air Force aircraft moved almost
1½ million pounds of cargo and about
450 people across Queensland over two
weeks, according to SQNLDR Scherr.
"It totally vindicated the concept of
permanently 'embedding' a senior Air
Force officer in this divisional headquar-
ters," he said. "I knew the division's peo-
ple, their processes and the command
structure well, and we didn't skip a beat as
the JTF HQ stood up."
CAPT Hindle was the senior watch-
keeper at the HQ 1 Div Joint Operations
Room after being recalled to work on
He planned the composition and
deployment of JTF force elements
across central and northern Queensland.
GRATEFUL: CHAP Tim Hodgson who presented
Andrew Wilkinson, one of the managers of the
Ambassador Apartments, with a framed image of
a 1SQN aircraft.
Photo: CPL Peter Borys
Providing a few
LCPL Mark Doran
BLOOD Angels, Imperial Guardsmen and Space
Marines will be infiltrating and conducting deep-
strikes during the ADF Wargaming Championships
in Townsville on December 10-11.
As part of the Soldiers Opportunities for
Recreation and Development initiative started by
3 Brigade, Defence personnel will represent their
units by competing in tabletop war games and fun-
draising for Legacy Australia.
The Warhammer 40,000 tournament at
Lavarack Barracks will include the application of
tactics and celebrate the skills of exceptional hob-
byists, rewarding players who embody good sport-
ing behaviour and gaming etiquette.
The game systems being run for the tournament
are Warhammer 40,000, which is a science fiction-
based game, and Warmachine, which is inspired by
Current ADF and APS members are eligible to
enter the event with entries for this year closing on
Tournament organiser CPL Tyron Casey,
of 1RAR, said one of the ADF Wargaming
Association's (ADFWGA) aims was to promote
tabletop wargaming as an alternative recreational
activity within Defence.
"The principle of the hobby is about having two
opposing armies on a battlefield fighting to a sce-
nario or mission to win the conflict," he said.
For more information on the ADFWGA, contact CPL
Tyron Casey at email@example.com
COMMENDED: SQNLDR David Scherr
and the devastation in Rockhampton
captured on January 3.
' We could rapidly
task the aircraft and
deliver the relief
effort where and
when it was most
-- SQNLDR David Scherr
READY FOR WAR: ADF gamers set up.
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