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Who's leaving after 20+ years' service
WOFF Darcy Henriksen
WOFF David Chivers
WOFF Peter Nievelstein
WGCDR Rodney Smallwood
WOFF Raymond Eastham
WGCDR William Kirkwood
SQNLDR Stephen Currie
WGCDR Stephen Both
WGCDR Warren Crouch
WOFF Stuart Matthews
WOFF Ian Flannery
WOFF Steven Wood
SGT Stephen Thompson
SQNLDR Anthony Street
FSGT Tony De Felice
SGT Albert Perischetti
WGCDR John Herlihy
WGCDR Kerry McDonald
WOFF Henry Morello
SGT Stephen Moult
FLTLT David Brennan
WOFF Laurence Hawke
FSGT Mark Borchard
SGT Christopher Gregory
WGCDR Edward Hatfield
WOFF Mark Jackson
WOFF Geoffrey Bennett
SGT Christopher Dearman
FLTLT Russell Fox
SGT Wayne Robinson
SGT Peter Finnigan
SGT Matthew Forsdick
SGT Andrew Swan
SGT David Yarnold
SQNLDR Gary Bigg
SQNLDR Gregg Larkin-Brown
SQNLDR Adam Lovatt
SGT Adam Patterson
SGT Bradley Ramsden
SGT Terence Stevens
FSGT Lucas Brandle
SGT Robert Dickinson
SQNLDR Damion Fauser
WGCDR Carl Green
SQNLDR Dwayne Sharrock
SGT Murray Stabler
SGT Kevin Wilson
Air Force events
Club Biannual Fly-in.
March 11: Canteen
Water Sports Day.
March 11: Colour of the
Sky Kite Festival.
March 4: 2012
Tyabb Community Air
March 4: Weerama
March 10-11: VHRR
Historic Motor Racing,
March 10-11: Altona
32SQN 70th anniver-
sary function, RAAF
Base East Sale, from
March 4: The 2012
along Watton Street in
Werribee, from 11am.
Expressions of interest will close on March 15 for the
Airman/Airwoman Access to the Academy Scheme
to study aeronautical or electronic engineering in
2013. For more information, visit People Central or
email at email@example.com
EOI for aspiring engineers
"I WAS having a ball so I just hung around,"
said WOFF John King as he spoke of his 41
years in Air Force.
"I thought that 20 years would be enough
but somehow 20 years coincided with a post-
ing to RAAF Base Tindal shortly after it was
re-opened, and many of my friends were
The technical workforce development
manager at Headquarters Combat Support
Group (CSG) joined the Air Force as a tech-
nical apprentice on January 7, 1971, and did
not believe he would still be in the service 41
But there he was on February 16 when
Commander CSG AIRCDRE Tim Innes pre-
sented him with his Federation Star.
The award was delayed as he was
deployed on operations last year.
"AIRCDRE Innes offered his congratula-
tions and then we talked about the changes I
have seen in the time of my service," WOFF
He said he was a cadet with the Air
Training Corps (ATC) and his father had a
friend who was a former Air Force apprentice
who had "recommended the scheme very
After completing his recruit training, he
trained as a motor transport fitter, now known
as a ground support equipment fitter.
His first Darwin posting has special mem-
ories. He was there from 1976-1980 while
the town was being rebuilt after Cyclone
Tracy. He said it was a bit of a cowboy town
but gave him many "firsts", including getting
married, having his first child and first mar-
He was in Butterworth from 1988-89
when the RAAF was pulling out.
"We were there to pack things up. It was
very sad to see the end of such institutions as
the RAAF Radio Butterworth station, and the
RAAF Butterworth and Penang schools."
He has packed a lot into four decades with
postings to RAAF Bases Darwin, Richmond,
Townsville, Amberley and Butterworth, and
has had two operational deployments to the
MEAO. In 2003, he deployed to Qatar as an
operations clerk and last year to Al Minhad
with Combat Support Unit 5.
"I enjoyed both deployments immensely,
and saw at first hand the camaraderie with
the coalition forces in both locations," he
said.He said the last 41 years have been a
"pretty good ride, with lots of experiences,
new people and friends".
"I have got to see and live in most areas
of Australia, and don't regret any of it. Even
the bad postings have good memories, and
they are the ones that come to mind when
relating experiences to friends and family,"
"I love the fact that I can still walk into
a Sergeants' Mess on any base and be guar-
anteed to know someone if I sit there long
enough. I don't think you would find that in
any other occupation on the outside.
"Time has flown, that is for sure and it
continues to do so. So, no, I have no regrets
John King at
HQ CSG after
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