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NEW WOFF-AF Mark Pentreath
came away from a four-day visit to Al
Minhad Air Base impressed with the
professionalism of the Air Force men
and women working there.
In his first trip to the base, he
visited the various Air Component
Commander units and facilities and
the C-130 and Orion detachments.
He also attended the
Remembrance Day service at the
memorial on the base with CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown.
AIRMSHL Brown took the oppor-
tunity to visit the base during his
attendance at the International Air
Chiefs' Conference in Dubai, where
he was a guest speaker.
WOFF-AF Pentreath said the Air
Force vision, 'One Team -- Swift,
Decisive, Resilient and Respected'
was continually reinforced to him dur-
ing his visit to the base.
"Those characteristics shone
through, regardless of whatever the
role was that our personnel were per-
forming," WOFF-AF Pentreath said.
"I saw a professional group of air-
men working as one team to achieve
"I had the privilege of talking to
the majority of our airmen and while
some indicated they were facing chal-
lenges in meeting the operational
requirements of the deployment, their
professionalism and resilience was
He noted that air and ground crews
worked long hours in arduous condi-
tions to ensure they delivered their
operational capabilities while logis-
tics and support personnel often found
themselves dealing with sometimes
onerous local procurement arrange-
"I also appreciated the opportunity
to spend some time learning about
the roles our airmen performed in
the various headquarters, commands
and units, and was impressed with
the incredibly diverse roles our peo-
ple continue to perform," WOFF-AF
He said to be with deployed and
coalition members for Remembrance
Day was special.
"To pause to remember those who
have fallen alongside other ADF and
coalition members was a poignant
reminder for me of the fragility of life
and how important it is to look after
our mates, at home and abroad."
More on Remembrance Day, page 6.
LAC Bill Solomou
THERE was one thing WOFF-AF JJ
Millar could not wait to hand over
to his successor on his last day as
WOFF-AF -- the Blackberry mobile
phone that went with the job.
"The Blackberry's gone over, woo
hoo," he told the audience of guests
at the official handover in Canberra
on November 4.
WOFF-AF Millar lived by his
Blackberry. It held many telephone
numbers, messages and dates
when he was out meeting the
LAC Bill Solomou
WOFF Mark Pentreath reached new
heights on November 4 to become Air
Force's most senior enlisted airman and
the third WOFF of the Air Force.
He replaces newly-promoted
SQNLDR JJ Millar, who was commis-
sioned on the same day.
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown wel-
comed WOFF-AF Pentreath to the team.
"With your background and the work
you have done in the Air Force, I am very
much looking forward to your term as
WOFF-AF," AIRMSHL Brown said.
WOFF-AF Pentreath was humble in
his acceptance speech, thanking CAF
for his appointment, and that he looked
forward to advising him on the issues
affecting the welfare and care of the
"Today is a very special and emotion-
al day for me; my journey since I've been
selected has been an extremely proud
and humbling experience," WOFF-AF
"While I am thrilled to be appoint-
ed, I am also cognisant of the immense
responsibility bestowed upon the posi-
tion and the challenges that face us in the
CAF also praised SQNLDR Millar's
dedication and professionalism, and his
ability to talk to any member.
"If I think of JJ's greatest feature,
it would be that he is approachable, a
real people's person. He has
done a great job as WOFF-
AF; actually I know he's done
a great job because the barbers
at Duntroon have told me what
a fantastic job he has done."
WOFF-AF Pentreath also
acknowledged the outstanding
work done by SQNLDR Millar.
"His tireless dedication
and exceptional leadership,
through a demanding period of
Air Force history, has been an
inspiration to me," WOFF-AF
WOFF-AF new ground
IMPRESSED: Above, the new WOFF-AF Mark Pentreath,
right, talks to CPL Dean Burke during his visit to the troops at
Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates.
Photo: PO Damian Pawlenko
WELCOME: Left, at the ceremony on November 4, WOFF-AF
Mark Pentreath is appointed by CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
who is assisted by the former position-holder SQNLDR JJ
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
Was a great ride, but JJ
now on to next challenge
WINGS: The then
WOFF-AF JJ Millar
prepares for a passenger
ride in a Hornet at RAAF
Photo: CPL David Gibbs
Now a SQNLDR, after being com-
missioned following the handover
ceremony, he said meeting the airmen
was always one of his most memorable
duties as WOFF-AF.
"Being able to see people on our
operations, in the Middle East and on
Resolute, was really fantastic," he said.
"I kept pinching myself: how does
this mongrel fitter and turner machinist
from Kingaroy in Queensland end up in
some of the meetings and situations I
found myself in.
"Sitting in a meeting talking to the
Chief of Turkey just prior to going to
Gallipoli, how does that fit in? It's been an
SQNLDR Millar said it was a great
pleasure representing the airmen
force and working under two amazing
"I could not have done it without
the support of the Executive WOFF
Group or without the support of the
Senior Leadership Team,"he said.
He also acknowledged the assis-
tance he received from Defence's
other two senior service WOFFs.
"The three of us together have been
able to achieve a lot more as a tightly
knit unit than ever had been achieved
For his services in the field of
senior-level managerial and represen-
tational duties as a WOFF, SQNLDR
Millar was appointed a Member of
the Order of Australia this year.
He has taken up the role as the
Military Support Officer for the
Defence Community Organisation at
RAAF Base Amberley.
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