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February 16, 2012
THE Jet Fuels Exposure Syndrome (JFES) Study is
calling for new volunteers in 2012.
The Assistant Director Occupational Medicine
for the Defence Centre for Occupational Health,
Rachelle Warner, said they would like to further
study the effects of the exposure to jet fuel on
workers to identify any related health impacts.
"Volunteers for this study may assist us in
ensuring the future working environment for mem-
bers exposed to fuel is as safe as possible," she
said.The JFES study requires 350 volunteers to par-
ticipate in the research. It needs:
200 current or retired RAAF personnel who par-
ticipated in one of the four formal F-111 deseal/
100 current or retired RAAF personnel who were
not involved in a F-111 deseal/reseal projects
and have not had direct exposure to F-111 jet
50 first-degree relatives (parent, sibling, child)
of someone who participated in one of the F-111
The JFES Study was launched in December
2010 to conduct research into the health effects of
jet fuel exposure following the conclusion of the
Study into Health Outcomes of Aircraft Maintenance
To volunteer, call the Defence Service Centre, Cooma
on 1800 DEFENCE (1800 333 362).
AIR Force's newest capabilities are
in Guam for their first overseas ex-
Six Super Hornets from 1SQN
and a Wedgetail Airborne Early
Warning and Control aircraft from
2SQN, along with 300 RAAF per-
sonnel, have joined the US Air
Force (USAF) and Japanese Air
Self-Defence Force (JASDF) for
tri-lateral air defence exercise Cope
North Guam 2012.
The exercise began on February
13 and will run until February 24.
It is the first time the RAAF has
participated in Cope North Guam,
which originated in 1978 as a bi-
annual exercise between the USAF
It is the first overseas deploy-
ment with the JASDF for the
Rhinos and Wedgetail and the sec-
ond overseas deployment for both
aircraft since they were delivered to
Other aircraft involved include
the USAF's F-16s, B-52s, F-15Cs,
F-16CJs and KC-135; and JASDF's
F-15Js, F2s and E2Cs.
The commander of the
Australian contingent, GPCAPT
Geoffrey Harland, said the exercise
would provide excellent opportuni-
ties for RAAF personnel to inte-
grate with a joint task force to learn
how other countries operate.
"The training will be invaluable
and there will be many important
lessons learnt from our participa-
tion in this exercise," GPCAPT
"Cope North will allow the air-
crew to develop an appreciation of
the capabilities and strengths of the
different aircraft types, which is
valuable training for Air Combat
and Surveillance and Response
Group personnel who may be
required to operate in a coalition
environment in the future."
Fifty-six members of 2SQN
have deployed for the exercise,
including pilots, air combat offic-
ers, airborne electronic analysts,
maintenance personnel, administra-
tion and intelligence officers.
CO 2SQN WGCDR Paul
Carpenter said Cope North would
help personnel achieve Wedgetail
initial operational capability.
Combat Support Group and Air
Lift Group also have important
roles in the exercise.
Units from 395 Expeditionary
Combat Support Wing and Health
Services Wing will be involved in a
humanitarian assistance and disas-
ter relief scenario embedded within
Cope North 12.
This is also a tri-lateral activ-
ity with Japanese observers present
in North West Field with Combat
The scenario involves a five-day
field exercise involving both US
and Australian aircraft each day.
A 37SQN C-130 is also set to
participate in humanitarian relief
activities during the exercise.
CO 381 Expeditionary Combat
Support Squadron WGCDR Lee de
Winton said it was valuable train-
ing for support personnel.
"Due to the continual demand
for humanitarian assistance and
disaster relief support in the Pacific
region, these joint exercises are
increasingly important in under-
standing our complementary capa-
Full coverage in coming editions.
Joining US and
Japan in Guam
F-111 fuel link study
We're on board with sea power, says CAF
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown told
more than 1000 delegates from 35
countries at the Navy Sea Power con-
ference that Air Force was on board to
support the introduction of the Navy's
new Canberra-Class amphibious as-
sault ships (LHDs).
The conference was held at Darling
Harbour in Sydney from January 31 to
CN VADM Ray Griggs, CAF and
CA LTGEN David Morrison delivered
the keynote address.
CN said the three services were
very focused on ensuring that the tran-
sition to the new amphibious capabil-
ity was a smooth one.
"Maritime power projection is a
critical capability for the ADF and all
three services play vital roles," VADM
CAF said Air Force had long sup-
ported Australia's maritime strategy
through air power, in the form of mar-
itime strike, anti-submarine warfare
and intelligence, surveillance and
"The last RAN warship attacked
by an enemy aircraft was HMAS
Australia in the Philippines Sea in
1945, which shows how the Air
Force's control of the air has protect-
ed naval task groups over the ensuing
decades," AIRMSHL Brown said.
CAF said Air Force was ready for
the challenge of ensuring a smooth
integration to new sea power technol-
ogies, including the LHD, and fully
committed to supporting the maritime
The Air Force will have six
embarked joint tactical air controllers
and joint battle airspace controllers on
board each LHD.
"The Air Force's full range of air
denial capabilities including the Super
Hornet and the Joint Strike Fighter
will be used to protect the LHDs
when they are dispatched to contested
areas," AIRMSHL Brown said.
"While the Air Force presence in
the LHDs will be physically small, our
presence in the battle space in support
of joint operations will be large."
CN said the introduction of the air
warfare destroyers would also bring
with it significant challenges as the
ADF moved back into the area of air
"The interaction with Air Force's
Airborne Early Warning and Control
aircraft and eventually F-35 capabili-
ties will be critical if we are to opti-
mise the joint effect that is available
for us," VADM Griggs said.
The Sea Power Conference, enti-
tled 'The Navy Contribution to
National Security and Prosperity', fea-
tured presentations by more than 25
maritime strategists and academics.
Now in its 12th year, the confer-
ence addressed the importance of sea
power to safeguard trade routes and
economic prosperity amid the uncer-
tainty and instability created by the
global economic downturn.
ROLL: A pilot
gathers his kit
on the way to his
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