Home' Air Force News : September 15th 2011 Contents EYE-OPENER: Alex Hawke MP gets some real-time training experience with Surveillance and Control Training
Unit member FLTLT Christopher Webb.
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September 15, 2011
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Skills in Reserve
SURVEILLANCE and Response
Group (SRG) has given two federal
politicians a taste of what it's like to
serve in the Air Force.
The Australian Defence Force
Parliamentary Program (ADFPP)
brought Senator David Bushby,
Liberal Senator for Tasmania, and
Alex Hawke, Federal Member for
Mitchell, to RAAF Base Williamtown
from August 8 to 12.
In a whirlwind tour of Headquarters
41WG and its units, they were able to
observe a Mission Readiness Exercise
for the air battle managers in
Afghanistan and conduct surveillance
and air battle management from the
Eastern Region Operations Centre.
They also observed a live mission
at 3 Control and Reporting Unit, where
they had a morning tea with unit per-
"I was amazed by some of the
stories and experiences the 41WG
personnel shared with me, after their
deployments to the Control and
Reporting Unit in Kandahar," Mr
Hawke said. "Afghanistan's airspace is
one of the busiest operational environ-
ments in the world and these personnel
played such an important role in man-
aging that airspace."
More than 100 politicians have
participated in the ADFPP since it was
introduced in 2001, allowing people
from all sides of politics to gain a
strong appreciation for the work of the
men and women within the ADF.
At Air Combat Group, Senator
Bushby and Mr Hawke were able
to see how Australia develops and
maintains the expertise to competently
operate world-class fighter aircraft.
They learned of the important capa-
bilities of combat controllers and joint
terminal attack controllers.
From the Air Traffic Control Tower
on the base the pair was able to see just
how busy the Joint Battlefield Airspace
Controllers are regularly managing civil-
ian and military aircraft.
453SQN Williamtown Flight
Commander SQNLDR Shaun Nelson
said: "Like many people, they didn't
realise the diversity of our battlefield
airspace management skills in addition
to core air traffic control competen-
The pair also became honorary
members of Combat Support Group
during their stay. They got to experi-
ence the training of military working
dogs, were involved in a mock airfield
firefighting rescue, toured Mechanical
Equipment Operational Maintenance
Squadron workshops and the gymna-
sium, and assisted in the preparation of
a meal in the Airmen's Mess.
"I won't be giving up my day job
just yet, I need much more practice in
the kitchen," Mr Hawke said.
WORKING UP A HUNGER: Senator
David Bushby helps prepare lunch in
the Airmen's Mess for more than 200
RAAF Base Williamtown personnel.
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
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