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SGT Dave Morley
FSGT Franc Gaspersic's old high
school teachers in Queenstown, Tas-
mania, will just have to eat their words.
FSGT Gaspersic, an avionic sys-
tems technician from Aerospace
Systems Engineering Squadron (ASE
SQN) at RAAF Base Edinburgh,
has won the prestigious Rolls-Royce
Eagle Trophy for 2011.
The Eagle Trophy was established
in 1996 to recognise outstanding
achievement in the aircraft technical,
engineering and maintenance fields of
the Air Force.
The trophy is a scale model of the
Eagle VIII engine fitted to the Fairey
IIID, one of the RAAF's first air-
craft, highlighting the long connection
between the Air Force and Rolls-Royce.
FSGT Gaspersic was selected from
a field of extremely competitive nomi-
The award winner was announced
by CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown at
the Commonwealth Club, Canberra,
on October 18.
FSGT Gaspersic said he was over-
whelmed to be considered worthy
of the award, knowing the amazing
things others had done to receive it in
"I didn't expect to be nominated,
let alone receive the award, it was
quite a shock," he said.
"The award was for my efforts
developing the Supersonic Camera
Pod capability: a non-intrusive,
generic design that has the potential
to be fitted to a wide variety of plat-
forms (currently cleared for the F/A-
18). It is a wirelessly controlled,
battery-powered, high-speed digital
"Many people in ASE SQN
worked very hard to produce this
capability so I proudly accepted the
award on their behalf, to recognise
that it was a team effort."
FSGT Gaspersic said he and his
partner, Alison Gard, were apprehen-
sive about attending the award cere-
mony and dinner knowing they would
be surrounded by officers of star rank,
the WOFF-AF and their wives.
"But we found they were very
welcoming, they put us at ease
straight away, and it was a privilege
to be able to talk with them one-on-
one," he said.
FSGT Gaspersic also received a
CAF Commendation in conjunction
with the Eagle Trophy.
And his old high school teach-
ers? Well, they consistently reported,
"He's a smart boy but never applies
himself to his studies."
FSGT Gaspersic's next posting
will be to 92WG Logistics Operations
at Edinburgh, where he will be in
charge of a systems technicians cell
responsible for investigating complex
faults on AP-3C aircraft.
2011 Eagle Trophy winner humbled
STAR OF THE TECHNICAL
TRADES: Winner of the Eagle
Trophy for 2011, FSGT Franc
Gaspersic, in front of, from
left, vice-president Defence
Rolls-Royce, former DCAF
AVM Roxley McLennan
(ret'd); CAF; CO ASE SQN
WGCDR Gerry van Leeuwen;
president Customer Business
Defence Nick Durham; and
senior vice-president Customer
Business Pacific Rim, Rolls-
Royce Defence Eion Bailey.
Photo: FSGT John Carroll
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