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March 29, 2012
SERVING or former members
who want to contribute to their
local community, as well as enjoy
continued service camaraderie,
should consider joining their local
Returned and Services League
This is the advice of SQNLDR
Richard Rundle, of 44WG, who
says many members may not know
what the sub-branch does, even if
they are a member of their local
"There is on ongoing misun-
derstanding in our service person-
nel of what the RSL is at the local
level," he said.
"There is a distinct difference
between being a member of the
local RSL club to actually joining
He knows this from being a
member of the Cardiff RSL Sub-
Branch for the past six years.
"From my experience, if you
join a sub-branch you sign up to
attend monthly meetings, associate
with a lot of old diggers, sailors,
airmen and women and you get
involved with the community and
get to know some terrific local
people," he said.
"Serving personnel should
get involved with their local
sub-branch -- they won't be disap-
As well as organising local
Anzac Day and similar commemo-
rations, the sub-branch assists
current and former personnel with
pensions, compensation and other
They have their own officers
to help service personnel with
processing claims, and support
members in other various ways,
such as conducting small functions
and providing bereavements and
For more information, enquire through
your local RSL club, visit the relevant
state RSL website or contact SQNLDR
Richard Rundle on (02) 4034 7097.
Join your local sub-branch
AFTER the successful refurbishment of the Mirage,
Meteor, Winjeel and Canberra static display aircraft
at RAAF Base Wagga, DCAF AVM Leo Davies has
announced that the aircraft at RAAF Bases Townsville
and Darwin will be next.
"The static display aircraft (SDA) refurbishment
program has been trialled to great effect at Wagga
where it is having a beneficial effect on Air Force
reputation within the community," AVM Davies said.
Under the new program, the SDA fleet will be
owned and managed by the Directorate of Air Force
Heritage (DAFH) within Air Force Headquarters.
Refurbishment standards, management plans, safe-
ty issues, priorities and other policies are being man-
aged by DAFH. Meanwhile, a new support section for
the SDA fleet has been established within DAFH and
based at RAAF Base Amberley, to undertake the work
to improve the appearance of static display aircraft
that are on bases as gate guards.
"In the past, responsibility for our SDA fleet had
become blurred," DCAF said. "Now, the SDA pro-
gram will administer, refurbish and repaint the fleet.
"By using a formal loan agreement between DAFH
and the senior ADF officers at RAAF bases, the air-
craft display standard will improve to help enhance
our reputation within the community and also to sup-
port morale and respect for our heritage among our
DCAF is the Chair of the RAAF Heritage
Advisory Council, which is responsible for all aspects
of capturing, preserving and celebrating Air Force's
"Other heritage projects include the successful
establishment of regional Heritage Centres at RAAF
Bases Wagga and Amberley, and the conduct of herit-
age assessments to better inform decisions on preser-
vation of some airframes within retiring fleets such as
the F-111, Caribou and C-130H," AVM Davies said.
"There is more to be done to safeguard and pro-
mote Air Force heritage at key bases such as RAAF
Bases Willamtown, Townsville and Edinburgh, which
do not yet have a Heritage Centre."
For more information on the SDA program, contact WGCDR
Piers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 04076 64118, or
WGCDR Peter Phillips at email@example.com or
(02) 6266 8285.
iWall speaker dock winner
REGISTRATION is open for the 2012 Aircraft
Airworthiness and Sustainment Conference being
held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition
Centre from July 24-26.
Sponsored by the RAAF and Civil Aviation
Safety Authority, the conference will provide a
forum to share knowledge on the aerospace com-
Cut-off for the early bird rate is April 6. Full
details on the conference can be found at www.
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for the front
gate of RAAF
Congratulations to SGT John Penhal, of the Defence
Force School of Signals, who won the J&L iWall
speaker dock giveaway competition with his entry of:
"I would use the iWall to conduct mobile circuit training, physical
employment standards tests and CrossFit training. I have a 160-
gig iPod with all types of music but nothing to plug it in to."
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