Home' Air Force News : February 2nd 2012 Contents INQUIRY INTO UNRESOLVED RECOGNITION FOR PAST ACTS
OF NAVAL AND MILITARY GALLANTRY AND VALOUR
The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (the Tribunal) is directed to
inquire into and report on the appropriate recognition for specific acts of gallantry
or valour perfor med by the following naval and military person nel:
Gun ner Albert Neil (Neale) Cleary - Ar my
Midshipman Robert Ian Davies - Navy
Leading Cook Francis Bassett Emms - Navy
Lieutenant David John Hamer - Navy
Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick - Ar my
Lieutenant Commander Robert William Rankin - Navy
Able Seaman Dalmorton Joseph Owendale Rudd - Navy
Ordinary Seaman Edward Sheean - Navy
Leading Aircrewman Noel Er vin Shipp - Navy
Lieutenant Com mander Francis Edward Smith - Navy
Lieutenant Commander Henry Hugh Gordon Stoker - Royal Navy
Leading Seaman Ronald Taylor - Navy
Captain Hector Macdonald Laws Waller - Navy
The Tribunal is directed to make recommendations on the eligibility of the naval
and military members, as listed, to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the Victoria
Cross for Australia or other for ms of appropriate recognition for their gallantry or
The Tribunal is conducting public hearings to hear evidence in relation to this
matter. The following hearings will be conducted in February and March 2012.
Sydney -- Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February 2012 commencing at 9am at the
Mercure Sydney 818-820 George St, Sydney.
Adelaide -- Tuesday 14 Febr uary 2012 commencing at 10am at the Crowne Plaza,
Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide.
Perth -- Wednesday 15 Febr uary 2012 commencing at 1pm at the Novotel Langley,
221 Adelaide Terrace, Perth.
Brisbane -- Tuesday 13 March 2012 commencing at 1pm at the Royal on the Park,
Cor ner of Alice and Albert Streets, Brisbane.
After a preliminary consideration of the submissions received concer ning the
naval and military members listed above, the Tribunal has invited a number of
those who have made written submissions to appear as witnesses at these hearings.
Interested members of the public are invited to attend the Tribunal's hearings.
For administrative purposes, please register your interest in attending by
contacting the Tribunal via;
telephone (02) 6266 3486 or e-mail DHA.Tribunal@defence.gov.au.
The terms of reference for this inquiry can be obtained by reviewing the Tribunal
website at: www.defence-honours-tribunal.gov.au
February 2, 2012
Air Force Improvement
January -- March
RAAF Base Edinburgh members
are now able to complete their Force
Preparation Training and kitting on base
instead of Randwick, having an estimat-
ed saving of at least $200,000 each year.
No. 1 Recruit Training Unit implemented
a Ground Defence Training Area Audio
System, eliminating the need for explo-
sive ordnance or blank firing, deliver-
ing ongoing savings of about $3820 a
course and introducing greater realism to
ground defence scenarios.
Expendable Mobile Anti-Submarine
Warfare Training Targets (EMATTs) --
after re-assessing the raise-train-sustain
requirements for aircrews, 92WG was
able to advise the Maritime Patrol
Systems Program Office (MPSPO) of a
reduction in EMATT usage, and a paral-
lel reduction in sonobuoys. This would
not compromise capability and would
have financial benefits to MPSPO's sus-
The Electronic Priority Demand System
(EPDS), developed by LAC Arun
Thangaraju for 77SQN, was rolled out
across other 81WG units. The EPDS was
trialled in late 2010 and it significantly
reduced the administrative overburden
on 81WG maintenance staff through
simplifying the part ordering process.
LAC Thangaraju was subsequently
awarded a CAF Commendation for his
work on the EPDS.
Ground refuelling -- four improvement ini-
tiatives have been implemented by Combat
Support Group and their partners in Joint
Fuel Logistics Agency and Land Systems'
Division Engineering section, delivering
savings in dollars and time:
• a change to pressure testing of fuel
hoses, bringing it into line with test-
ing requirements and contemporary
practice. This will save about $112,000
annually, allow maintainers to direct
530 hours of maintenance into other
areas, and have our refuelling vehicles
on the job rather than sitting around
waiting for the hoses to be tested;
• move to monthly, ongoing fuel hose
strainer checks, saving about $86,000
a year and 1400 hours of maintenance
effort that can be directed to other
• move to a default of six-monthly
tests rather than monthly tests for
refuel tanker hose continuity testing.
This will save $65,000 a year and
redirect 1060 hours of maintenance to
other areas; and
• change to weekly low point fuel
drain checks, from daily, returning
about $31,000 a year and 500 hours
of effort can be used for other pur-
April -- June
Wide Area Surveillance -- Over
The Horizon Radar and 1 Radar
Surveillance Unit -- Contract Change
Proposals signed with BAE Systems
and Lockheed Martin Australia, ena-
bling the capability to live within
the allocated budget and potentially
delivering over 80 per cent of Strategic
Reform Program (SRP) financial ben-
Amalgamation of the 3SQN and
77SQN Avionics Maintenance Flights
into the 81WG Combined Workshops.
Process improvement implemented
for non-CAMM2 repairable items in
92WG, saving upwards of $20,000 in
incorrectly tagged items.
With staff and financial support from
MPSPO, GPS repeaters were installed
on the 10SQN and 11SQN hangars,
improving productivity and reducing
risks to personnel and materiel, as air-
craft no longer had to be towed outside
the hangar to conduct maintenance on
avionics systems requiring GPS.
Logistics Flight 1 Combat
Communications Squadron celebrated
two years of sustained, successful
improvement to their equipment task-
ing processes for exercises and opera-
July -- September
Two-year contract extension for sup-
port to the Hawk Lead-in fighter air-
craft -- about $20 million of savings
over the two years.
Review of technical training completed
by 292SQN, creating blocks of training
thereby reducing the training time for
avionics technicians by seven days a
year. This has meant more time on the
line for each technician, resulting in a
Sonobuoys -- an extensive re-lifing
activity was undertaken to enable
92WG to utilise stocks that had
exceeded their battery life. Both a 'soft'
re-life activity (life extension of 950
sonobuoys through Defence Science
and Technology Organisation analysis)
and a 'hard' re-life activity (replace-
ment of batteries of expired sonobuoys)
allowed for a capability reinvestment
back to aircrews and a financial benefit
37SQN and Air Lift Systems Program
Office have implemented improve-
ments in C-130J Phased Servicings,
reducing the number of aircraft in
Phased Servicing from an average of
three to two, making available an addi-
tional C-130J for operations.
Joint Electronic Warfare Operational
Support Unit implemented improve-
ments which resulted in the return of at
least 25 Electronic Support Measures
(ESM) hard drives to MPSPO and
92WG, helping to support the life of
the ESM system.
A Hospitality and Catering Review
was conducted to ensure that hos-
pitality and catering services are
aligned with Defence capability
requirements and are affordable.
Defence Support Group implemented
improvements to the QBT Online
Booking Tool for travel.
October -- December
37SQN Equipment Section improved
their logistics processes, significantly
reducing the time taken to complete
a stocktake and discrepancy inves-
tigation enabling time savings to
be reinvested in other areas of their
business -- resolving a back-log
of discrepancy investigations and
improving work/life balance and
morale in the section.
Aeronautical Information Service-
Air Force, within Aerospace
Operational Support Group, pro-
duced a tailored Facilities and
Procedures publication for Air
Combat Group (ACG) and improved
their processes for compiling the
information that made up the publi-
cation. As a result, they automated
more of the product, reducing the
manpower required to produce it
and cutting the production cycle by
four days each month. In addition,
the review has resulted in a smaller,
tailored product that is more suitable
for the customer in ACG.
Changes to the Defence Catering
Manual implemented across Defence
RAAF Base Glenbrook celebrated
the first anniversary of successfully
consolidating the Sergeants' and
Officers' Mess dining rooms.
Throughout 2011, Mechanical
Equipment Operational Maintenance
Squadron (MEOMS) staff have
achieved substantial improvements
in maintenance throughput as a result
of implementing visual management
boards that displayed key metrics.
The boards allowed MEOMS teams
to more effectively identify areas
having the most significant impact
on maintenance throughput.
WHAT AIR FORCE ACHIEVED IN 2011
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