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September 15, 2011
FLTLT Skye Smith
MEMBERS of 82WG reflected on the
traditions and history of some of Air
Force's oldest and most distinguished
bomber squadrons during the wing's
annual Associations Day.
OC 82WG GPCAPT Steve
Roberton said the day maintained and
strengthened the bonds between pre-
vious, current and future generations.
"The commitment of the associa-
tion members provides a critical link
in retaining 82WG's prestigious his-
tory, especially as the roles and capa-
bilities of 1 and 6SQNs evolve over
the years," he said.
82WG now also encompasses
expanded air combat roles through
the tactical ISR of 5 Flight, as well as
the joint terminal attack control and
combat controller roles within 4SQN.
The day started with a memori-
al service and the laying of wreaths
at the front gate to RAAF Base
Amberley, followed by trophy presen-
tations to 82WG members.
1SQN pilot FLTLT Mark Mohr-
Bell was awarded the Pathfinder
Force Trophy as the most outstanding
aircrew member in his first operation-
al tour at an 82WG squadron.
The award commemorates the ded-
ication and sacrifices of the members
of the elite Pathfinder Force during
1SQN Clerk CPL Geoffrey Rogers
was the recipient on the Beaufighter
and Boston Trophy.
This award is presented to a non-
commissioned officer or airman who
is employed in non-technical combat
support duties, which are in support of
The RAAF Beaufort Trophy was
awarded to 6SQN pilot SQNLDR
Bryce Solomon and 1SQN Weapons
Systems Officer FLTLT Tim Nelson.
This trophy is presented to an air-
crew member from both 1 and 6SQNs
whose efforts during the year have
contributed most significantly to
squadron flying operations.
Both SQNLDR Solomon and
FLTLT Nelson were among some of
the first aircrew to train in the US
and then instruct on the inaugural
Australian Super Hornet operational
6SQN avionics technician SGT
Ben Longrigg was awarded the
467/463 Squadrons Trophy.
This award is presented to a tech-
nical member under the age of 30 who
works in a unit whose defined role is
About 120 members from the
Pathfinder Force Association, RAAF
Beaufort Squadrons Association
(Qld), 463/467 Squadrons (Qld)
Association, Beaufighter and
Boston Association of Queensland,
the Aircrew Association, RAAF
Association (Gold Coast and District
Branch), and RAFA (Qld Branch)
attended the event at Amberley.
All of these associations were
REMEMBERING: From left,
AIRCDRE Stewart Cameron,
retired FLGOFF Robert Chester-
Master and WGCDR Clive Wells.
TOGETHER: Association members, guests and
serving members gather to pay their respects.
Solomon, left, and
Nelson with the
Trophy. Photos: LACW
TOGETHER: Association members guests and
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