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February 2, 2012
orts Eamon Hamilton.
Eamon Hamilton and
FLTLT Emma Craven Griffiths
EXERCISE Precision Support is evolving to
become a greater opportunity to develop
integration between Combat Support Group
(CSG), 44WG, and Air Lift Group.
CSG personnel -- along with joint bat-
tlespace air controllers from 44WG -- provide
airfield services from Sam Hill and Williamson
Airfields in Shoalwater Bay, along with
Benningfield in the Townsville Field Training
Much like the airlift component for Exercise
Precision Red, Exercise Precision Support is
coordinated from RAAF Base Townsville.
The disparate locations presented a chal-
lenge for Precision Support 11-2 coordinators,
being responsible for 320 CSG and 44WG
personnel as well as a number of logistical
matters such as establishing initial communi-
A full spectrum of CSG skillsets is essential
to making Precision Red a success for airlift
units. The C-130J and C-17A both count on
the airfeld engineering and air movements
functions of 1AOSS to carrying out the exer-
cise.The need to replicate missions common in
the MEAO provides opportunities for airfield
defence guards and medical professionals to
travel with aircraft.
SQNLDR Alan Brown is XO 382
Expeditionary Combat Support Squadron
(ECSS) at RAAF Base Amberley, which stood
up Williamson Airfield in Shoalwater Bay -- the
largest deployment to a remote airfield for
Precision Support 11-2.
Nearby Sam Hill Airfield was supported by
381ECSS, while Benningfield Airfield in the
Townsville Field Training Area was supported
According to SQNLDR Brown, 382ECSS is
drawing heavily on experience with real world
"382ECSS has and is still deploying mem-
bers and capability to the MEAO, Afghanistan
and other operations around the world,"
SQNLDR Brown said.
"Eight months ago, we were also called
upon to activate RAAF Learmonth at very
short notice -- within 48 hours -- in support of
The pressures of moving at very short
notice are placed on CSG units at Precision
Support, just as they are for real world opera-
"This directly relates to our real-time mis-
sion statement, this is the job we are required
to do when CAF pushes the green button to
deploy in 24 hours," SQNLDR Brown said.
A range of functions are needed at the air-
fields, from command and control through to
administration, logistics and catering, as well
as security and firefighting.
These are integrated with health, communi-
cations and air traffic control services, as well
as the 1 Airfield Operations Support Squadron
"By conducting and participating in
Precision Support 11-2, we allow 382ECSS to
rehearse and train our specified real time role
which benefits all members of this squadron
from the CO down," SQNLDR Brown said.
ractice ... and support
Photos: LAC David Gibbs
LUNCHTIME: Above, cooks from 322ECSS
CPL Chris Macleod and LACW Rosie
Buckley begin preparing lunch for the
personnel at Benning Field.
IN TOUCH: 1CCS technician LAC
Geoff Henderson keeps the comms
online at Benning Field.
THIS WAY: FLTLT Michael Yeomans explains
to LAC Tim Jurisic, both of 322ECSS, the
practice for different scenarios to defend
the airfield during a simulated enemy attack
during Exercise Precision Support.
CONTROL: JBACs FLGOFF Simone
Marks and FLGOFF Mark Anderson,
of 453SQN, prepare for the arrival of
a C-130J at Benning Field.
first aid to
a C-130J at
airfield in the
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