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March 1, 2012
A BRONZE wreath destined for a
new Bomber Command memorial
in London has caught a lift part way
there aboard a 36SQN C-17A.
As reported in the last edition,
the wreath was handed over to
the RAAF by sculptor and former
Bomber Command airman Dr Colin
Dudley in Adelaide on February 3. It
was then transported to RAAF Base
Amberley for the next available
flight to Al Minhad Air Base in the
United Arab Emirates.
Arriving on February 12, the
wreath was collected by waiting
RAF personnel for the next stage
of its journey by RAF C-17 to RAF
Brize Norton in Britain.
It will form part of a memorial in
London's Green Park which is to be
dedicated in June.
C-17A makes special delivery
LAC Bill Solomou
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown joined more
than 100 guests at a farewell celebration fit
for a king on February 17.
After 52 years of service, making him the
longest serving airman, WOFF Geoff 'Dags'
Dorward said goodbye to Air Force.
AIRMSHL Brown was quick to point
out that he was two years old when WOFF
Dorward enlisted on January 18, 1960.
"After 52 years and three Federation Stars,
I don't think anyone is going to come close to
that for a very long time,'' AIRMSHL Brown
"It's really important that we recognise
your achievements and your last day as part
of the Air Force family."
AIRMSHL Brown said WOFF Dorward
had quite an extensive career, starting out as
an apprentice and later as a member of the
first RAAF Work Study Team.
"It's been a magnificent contribution, a
really tremendous career," AIRMSHL Brown
said. "To put it into perspective, you have
Fitting farewell for longest serving airman
FAMILY: After 52 years
service and three
Federation Stars, WOFF
Geoff 'Dags' Dorward
has farewelled Air
Force in an emotional
ceremony in Canberra,
attended by his wife
Ann and CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown (pictured
Photos: CPL Aaron Curran
(main) and FSGT John Carroll
been in Air Force for more than half of its
WOFF Dorward was emotional and
appreciative as he spoke of his time in Air
Force, which was much longer than he had
"It's been a magnificent trip," he said.
"Twenty-six years in the PAF and 26
years as a reservist, we (Air Force) have had
our ups and downs, but I only remember the
ups. I have seen a lot of changes, and then
those changes reinvented.
"If I had my time again, I would do it all
With countless career highlights, WOFF
Dorward recalls his time as a member of
the apprentice group, the Tulips, as the most
"I'm actually the last standing Tulip," he
said.And of course his biggest fan, his wife of
48 years, Ann, was looking forward to having
him home full-time.
"We met at a Townsville dance, and have
never looked back," Ann said.
"I have a million jobs for him to do
around the house. He is a hoarder; he even
kept his original first payslip from the
WOFF Dorward said Ann had put up with
a lot over the years so it was now "payback
"I knew this day was coming and I've had
to prepare for it," he said. "The Air Force has
been our life."
He will continue his daily walking rou-
tine, but this time he will take Ann with him.
"We have made a commitment to main-
tain our health and spending time walking
with Ann is going to be great."
CAREFUL DOES IT: FSGT
Brad Crockett opens the box
containing the wreath.
IN SAFE HANDS: FSGT Bradley Crockett and PTE
Karen Woodhead, flanked by RAF members SQNLDR
Matt Whitnall and FLTLT Rhys Williams, with the
wreath at Al Minhad Air Base. Photos: FSGT Glen McCarthy
CAREFUL DOES IT: FSGT
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