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September 15, 2011
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CAF Commendation (Gold)
GPCAPT Graham Bond, GPCAPT Christine Doherty,
GPCAPT Michael Rowntree, WGCDR Maxine Dahl
For their performance as leading members of the
Directorate of Coordination-Air Force Protocol
Australian International Airshow Team.
WGCDR Barbara Courtney
For performance as Combat Support Commander
Combined Task Unit 640.4.4 for both the Australian
International Airshow 2009 and the Air Force's 90th
anniversary celebrations as part of the Australian
International Airshow 2011.
SQNLDR Len Bowen
For performance as the Transport and Movements
Officer of the Directorate of Coordination-Air Force
Protocol Australian International Airshow Team.
SQNLDR Peter Callow
For performance in undertaking a highly complex DCAF
Inquiry while continuing to carry out primary duties
at both Defence Support Group and 382 Expeditonary
Combat Support Squadron.
FSGT Michael Gawalski
For performance as the Finance and Governance
member of the Directorate of Coordination-Air Force
Protocol Australian International Airshow Team.
Ms Michele McGee
For performance as the caretaker and manager of the
Air Force Brand at Air Force Headquarters.
WGCDR Ben Stewart
For dedicated service over many years to the Australian
Air Force cadets and the Air Force.
DCAF Commendation (Silver)
FSGT Steven Sedgman
For performance as a Personnel Manager within the
Directorate of Personnel-Air Force.
A FEW years ago, a young man
named Deng Alier decided that
he wanted to thank Australia for
giving him the opportunity for
a new life, so he joined the Air
"Most of my childhood was
spent around men in uniform,
my father being one of them. I
was so influenced by the quali-
ties they displayed, such as disci-
pline, respect, leadership and so
many others," he said.
He was accepted into the Air
Force, and earlier this year at the
St Kilda town hall, 21SQN's AC
Deng Alier received an award
for "Most Outstanding Airman"
from the Hellenic Sub-branch of
the Returned Services' League of
For any young serviceman
the award would represent a sin-
gular achievement; for AC Alier
it is particularly so. He arrived
in Australia on September 26,
2003, as a refugee from a camp
"I lived in a refugee camp for
10 years before our application
was accepted," he said.
Initially, he wanted to go to
the US but his application was
refused. His mother then applied
for an Australian refugee human-
itarian visa and they were accept-
ed after two years.
He said receiving the award
was a privilege.
"I'm honoured to receive
far left on his
driver's course in
of 21SQN. AC
from the Hellenic
the RSL. Photo
'The Air Force accepts you for who you are,
not what you have or where you come from.
this award, which is one of the
most historic in Australian-Greek
relations. Also, I'm thankful to
my unit for giving me this great
opportunity in life."
He said that his career has had
many highlights, but he singles
out one aspect which all ADF
personnel could relate to. "The
most important thing, that I have
found to be the highlight for me,
is that the Air Force accepts you
for who you are, not what you
have, or where you came from."
His Air Force training had
also provided him many benefits.
"It was excellent, very well
conducted throughout by expe-
rienced and well-qualified train-
ers," he said.
"Out of the training, I gained
confidence, discipline, knowl-
edge and the best that you can
see in me."
Expression of Interest for officers
Respecialisation to ACO, INTEL, JBAC or ELECTR
Closing date: September 30, 2011
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