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AIR Force reservist FLTLT Geof-
frey McDougall will soon realise
his dream to become a fully
qualified flying instructor after
being presented with a prestigious
Prince of Wales Award to help
is a quali-
Aviation Pty Ltd., an aircraft sales
and pilot-training enterprise.
He is a reservist flying instruc-
tor on Hawk Lead-in fighters with
79SQN at RAAF Base Pearce.
Prince of Wales Award recipi-
ents receive up to $8000 to under-
take a training or development
activity directly related to their
civilian occupation or profession.
FLTLT McDougall plans to use
the award to complete training and
testing to become a Civil Aviation
Safety Authority-certified grade 1
September 29, 2011
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FLTLT John McCourt
IT WILL be the final homecoming
for chaplain SQNLDR Kevin Murray
when he returns from his deployment
in East Timor in October.
The 62-year-old reservist chaplain
from RAAF Base Williams Laverton
will then retire in the town of Melton,
Victoria, which he has called home
for the past 34 years.
SQNLDR Murray heads up
the logistics capability of the
International Stabilisation Force (ISF)
in East Timor.
"I have enjoyed the challenge and
diversity of my role and the wonderful
new friendships that will endure in the
years ahead," SQNLDR Murray said.
He is also establishing some new
benchmarks while overseas with the
"I believe I am the oldest ADF
member on the East Timor deploy-
ment and certainly the only great-
In fact, he served in the Middle
East last year with his son -- also a
SQNLDR -- and soon returns home
to six granddaughters and two great
"There's an old saying that you
are as old as you feel. I have real-
ly enjoyed my deployment and I am
always up with the rest of the troops
for morning PT."
A personal achievement for
SQNLDR Murray will be coming
home with two more campaign med-
als to match the number awarded to
his own father who was a WWII vet-
A special medal in his kit bag will
be the coveted East Timor Solidarity
Medal, awarded by President Dr Jose
Ramos-Horta in recognition of forces
involved in the contribution to stabil-
ity and peace in East Timor.
calls it a
Murray at work with
Stabilisation Force in
Photo: SGT Bill Guthrie
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