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June 7, 2012
LAC Jeremy Halcrow, of 1 Radar Surveillance Unit
(1RSU), is the winner of the 41WG inaugural Corporal
Lisa Roche Memorial Instructor of the Year Award.
The wing established the annual award this year to
recognise the airman or airwoman who has provided
the greatest contribution to 41WG through their efforts
as a training instructor at a 41WG unit.
LAC Halcrow won the award for his work in improv-
ing the quality of operator training delivered at 1RSU.
The award commemorates CPL Lisa Roche, who
died in 1997 after a serious illness.
She joined the Air Force in July 1990 and graduated
as an air surveillance operator in December that year.
She then served at 2 Control and Reporting Unit,
92WG and at 3 Control and Reporting Unit.
Her parents, John and Joan Jones, presented LAC
Halcrow with the trophy on May 18 at a 1RSU com-
bined ceremony at RAAF Base Edinburgh.
THE highest achievers within Air Lift
Group (ALG) were recognised at the
annual Pathfinder Awards on May 4.
WOFF Andrew Greer, a loadmaster
instructor with 285SQN, was recog-
nised as the 2012 Aircrew Member of
An inaugural award for Ground
Support Member of the Year was pre-
sented to CPL Kris Whitehead, an air-
craft technician with 38SQN.
Air Movements Training and
Development Unit (AMTDU) received
the Pathfinder's inaugural ALG Unit of
the Year Award.
Each year, ALG hosts a dining-in
night at RAAF Base Richmond with
members of the Pathfinder Force
The association is comprised of
veterans and relatives of the Pathfinder
Force, which led Allied bombers on
night-time raids over Europe in WWII.
The awards are intended to recall
the skill and professionalism demon-
strated by members of the Pathfinder
Force during the war.
WOFF Greer was recognised for
his work to reform C-130 loadmaster
training at 285SQN.
SQNLDR Peter Cseh, T/CO
for 285SQN, said WOFF Greer had
worked with all RAAF C-130 stake-
holders to improve training.
"He was instrumental in putting
together the new loadmaster training
COMMEMORATIVE: LAC Jeremy Halcrow with
Photo: LACW Nicci Freeman
1RSU instructor wins first award
package, which has taken a course
which took 12 months to graduate
a D-Cat loadmaster, to 20 weeks to
graduate a tactical-qualified loadmas-
ter," SQNLDR Cseh said.
"He has aligned this training with
the C-130 pilot conversion training for
maximum efficiency, and it's been a
CPL Whitehead was recognised
for his efforts with 38SQN through
its introduction of the King Air light
"I'm highly humbled to be the first
winner of this award," CPL Whitehead
"Accepting this award reflects more
of the good work that 38SQN's techo
workforce performs as a whole,
rather than just me."
When 38SQN received its
King Airs from late 2009, it
found itself with a mixed work-
force of technicians from Air
Force and Hawker Pacific.
CPL Whitehead's Pathfinders
Award recognised his leadership
and initiative in the new 38SQN
workplace, bringing together
both Defence and Civilian work-
It also recognised his efforts
to support King Air deploy-
ments, particularly his trouble-
shooting efforts during the King Air's
first 38SQN deployment to Malaysia
SQNLDR Rex Kidner, 38SQN
On Site Liaison Officer with Hawker
Pacific, said he was pleased to see
CPL Whitehead's commitment recog-
"This award, although recognising
the efforts of CPL Whitehead, also
acknowledges the continued 'One
Team' approach being fostered and
nurtured between Hawker Pacific and
38SQN in delivering and maintain-
ing the King Air capability within
ALG," SQNLDR Kidner said.
The awarding of AMTDU as the
ALG Unit of the Year shone a light
on a workforce which supports every
Defence transport aircraft.
The award's timing was fitting,
coming on the AMTDU's 60th anni-
CO AMTDU WGCDR Carl
Newman said his unit were jus-
tifiably proud of their efforts in the
past 12 months. "AMTDU rapidly
deployed members to assist disaster
relief requirements for the Queensland
floods, Christchurch earthquakes and
Japanese tsunami assistance to pro-
vide design and clearance of uncleared
loads," WGCDR Newman said.
As well as this, it supports numer-
ous projects which develop new cargo
carrying methods and how new trans-
port aircraft are employed.
AMTDU is a joint Army and Air
Force responsible for training Defence
members in safe loading and unload-
ing of aircraft. In 2011, that involved
running 49 courses with 631 students.
"We have ensured the introduc-
tion of key air mobility capabilities
into the ADF and the continued pro-
vision of trained air movements and
air dispatch personnel," WGCDR
"Winning this award is humbling
when associated with this elite group
of aviators who sacrificed so much for
the Year 2012
Photos: CPL Col
HONOURED: Above, 285SQN
loadmaster instructor WOFF
Andrew Greer, centre, the 2012
Pathfinder Force Air Lift Group
Aircrew Member of the Year trophy
winner, with, left, Commander Air
Lift Group AIRCDRE Gary Martin
and Ken Youdale, of the Pathfinder
Left, CO AMTDU
Newman, with the ALG
Squadron of the Year
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