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March 15, 2012 Exercise Cope North
AIR Fin Guam
IN A CHANCE to give back to the commu-
nity, a large group of Air Force personnel
spent half their weekend participating in
a beautification project in a Guam village
during Exercise Cope North 2012.
Paintbrushes and toolkits in hand,
volunteers from the RAAF, Japan Air
Self-Defense Force (JASDF) and US Air
Force (USAF) spent the day at different
locations throughout Dededo, includ-
ing the library building, Senior Citizens'
center, Benavente Middle School and
Maria Ulloa Elementary School.
When the volunteers arrived at the
elementary school there was not much
of a playground at all. Once they got to
work, it was quickly built and painted.
Together they refurbished swing sets
and hallways and restored buildings.
2SQN volunteer FLGOFF Alexandra
Deitch said it was a fun and reward-
ing to be able to contribute to the local
"It would have no doubt put smiles
on the faces of all the children there,"
1SQN volunteer CPL Scott Dawson
said it was also rewarding to work
alongside their exercise counterparts.
"It's good to get to work with the
Japanese and the US air forces because
we learn from each other," CPL Dawson
said. "We find out things we do differ-
ently and adapt, making it easy to work
The community event was an initia-
tive of Cope North, and was designed
to bring the services together and allow
them to make their mark in the local
community as well as learn things from
Air Commander Australia AVM Mel
Hupfeld joined in the community day,
which included a lunch with the Dededo
mayor and the Yigo deputy mayor.
The mayor's office was also among
the buildings that needed some atten-
tion.Mayor Melissa B. Savares was
grateful for the help. "I would like to
thank all representatives and volunteers
from the Cope North 2012 exercise who
came out to the village," she said.
Maria Ulloa Elementary School
assistant principal Josephine Parel-
Fontbuena was also grateful.
"We are really, really happy to have
them here today; the playground looks
beautiful now," Ms Parel-Fontbuena said.
"Earlier it was really dull, but now
because of the colours and new swing
sets the children will be very happy."
Village says thanks for big spruce-up
CPL Scott Dawson paints
Photo courtesy USAF
POINTING THE WAY:
Above, 1SQN armament
technician SGT Daniel
Scott talks to Chief
Master Staff Sergeant
Satoshi Yudahira, of the
JASDF, about the Super
HERC WORK: Right, a
37SQN technician stands
fireguard on the start-up of
C-130 for a mission.
to RAAF and
SUPER JOB: Above, 1SQN
avionics technician CPL
Ken McNelley (front) leads
the crew of technicians
launching Super Hornets.
Left, 2SQN mission
commander FLTLT Martin
Davies, centre, briefs the
aircrew on an air combat
HIVE OF ACTIVITY: A 1SQN
Super Hornet sits on the tarmac
at Andersen Air Force Base while
a JASDF F-2 fighter takes to the
air for a mission during Exercise
Cope North 2012.Photos: CPL Col Dadd
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