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October 13, 2011
Remember the fallen: care for the living
Legacy would like to thank the sponsors of the
2011 John Holland Defence Charity Ball held on
Saturday 10th of September. With your support
Legacy can continue to care for the widows and
young families of our deceased veterans.
RETIRED AIRMSHL Jake Newham,
former Chief of Air Force and former
CO 3SQN, spoke poignantly about
the three historic squadrons and
what they achieved in years gone
"These distinguished squadrons
are what they are today because
of the aircrew who have served in
times of war, but also the maintain-
ers and support personnel who
make sure the pilots have planes to
fly safely," he said.
"It is inspiring to see that the
heritage and traditions of these
three squadrons are still upheld 95
years since they were formed."
He also remarked on the ''unbe-
lievable'' quantum leaps in technol-
ogy and capability made since he
was first instructed in a Tiger Moth.
''The weapons themselves
are not old-fashioned bombs that
you drop and hope for the best,''
AIRMSHL Newham said.
During his early years, he said
100 bombers could be sent in to
destroy a bridge and still miss it,
whereas today a single plane could
be relied on to take it out.
for revered squadrons
Over the past 95 years the three
units have served with distinction
in times of peace and conflict. They
have fought in some of the most
dangerous battles in wartime history
including operational service in the
Pacific, Middle East, North Africa,
Southern Europe, Malaysia and
Today, 4SQN has personnel
deployed on operations perform-
ing Combat Control duties with the
Special Operations Task Group in
Numbers 2, 3 and 4SQNs are resi-
dent at Williamtown, operating in the
roles of airborne surveillance and con-
trol, fighter combat, combat control
and joint terminal attack control.
Air Force's diverse history was
on display at Williamtown with a
2SQN Wedgetail, 3SQN F/A-18s
and a 4SQN PC-9 on the flightline
alongside warbirds, including a
Tiger Moth, Boomerang, Sabre and
Families, veterans and members
took in the afternoon's aerial displays
including a solo Hawk display from
76SQN, solo Hornet display from 2
Operational Conversion Unit and a
four-ship formation display by 3SQN's
Purple Cobra Hornet display team.
Thomas Russell, the 3SQN
Association honorary president,
recited the ode during the parade
while the chaplain provided an
invocation that reminded everyone
in attendance that we still have per-
sonnel on operations, with 4SQN
Combat Controllers and Joint
Terminal Attack Controllers serving
AERIAL TRIBUTE: A trio of F/A-18s fly over the combined 2, 3 and
4SQNs parade held to celebrate the 95th anniversary at RAAF Base
Photo: LAC Mark Friend
MARVELLED AT PROGRESS:
AIRMSHL Jake Newham talks to
a member of 4SQN during the
parade for the 95th anniversary.
Photo: LAC Craig Barrett
Williamtown is proud of its rich and unique
history as the home to three of the Air
Force's most distinguished units.
-- AIRCDRE Mel Hupfeld
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