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August 16, 2012
AME squadron to
THE Air Force's aero-medical evacua-
tion (AME) capability is to be enhanced
by its first dedicated AME squadron next
No 3 Expeditionary Health Squadron
(3EHS) will become 3 Aero-medical
Evacuation Squadron (3AMES).
3AMES will remain at RAAF Base
Richmond and will form a new detach-
ment at RAAF Base Amberley, in line
with the ADF's major AME platforms,
the C-17A and C-130.
As part of a larger reorganisation of
Health Services Wing (HSW), 3EHS
will undergo a significant role change
to become the primary strategic AME
provider for the ADF as well as allow
1 and 2 Expeditonary Health Squadrons
(EHS) to focus on health support to air
and joint operations.
OC HSW GPCAPT Michael
Paterson said a squadron focused solely
on AME would mean improved prepar-
edness and management of the complex
"This concentration on AME will
also improve HSW's ability to meet its
current and future requirements with
other forms of deployed health," he said.
"1EHS and 2EHS will still have a
part to play in AME in casualty hold-
ing and staging, and would provide per-
sonnel in the case of a whole-of-wing
response like Operation Yasi Assist.
"However, this [reorganisation]
allows them to focus on providing health
facilities at deployed airbases, like in the
MEAO, and tasks such as humanitarian
aid and disaster relief missions."
The integral role played by Health
reserves in Air Force operational health
is also recognised in the reorganisation.
The number and types of health per-
sonnel at each base will not change sig-
nificantly during the reorganisation.
To minimise posting turbulence,
changes will be implemented over the
next two posting cycles.
The changes in HSW organisation
will not affect positions outside the
wing. Joint Health Command will retain
responsibility for the delivery of gar-
rison health, while the roles of HQHSW
and Health Operational Conversion Unit
will be unchanged.
CO 3EHS WGCDR Kathleen Pyne
said the creation of 3AMES would allow
them to become "masters in AME".
"A dedicated AME squadron is an
exciting development for squadron
members and HSW as we develop a
more specialised Air Force capability,"
In anticipation of the occasion in
January, the Richmond Health Social
Club will host a dining-in-night at the
Officers' Mess at Richmond on August
31. All military and civilian past and pre-
sent members of 3 Hospital, 3 Combat
Support Hospital or 3EHS are invited to
For further details, contact FLGOFF Stuart
Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or FLTLT Pamela Wittmann at pamela.witt-
email@example.com, or direct payments to
FLTLT Alice Torr has become the
first female to take out the Qualified
Flying Instructor (QFI) award at
the Australian Defence Force Basic
Flying Training School (ADF
She had to beat some tough
competition to do so.
CO BFTS WGCDR Dennis Tan
said the award recognised the efforts
of a QFI who had gone above and
beyond the requirements of the job.
"We look for someone who puts
in the extra effort with the students,
progresses rapidly through the cat-
egorisation scheme and works with
enthusiasm and passion," WGCDR
"Choosing the recipient was a
tough job, because I truly believe
that we have the 'A team' here at
FLTLT Torr said she felt that all
the BFTS instructors were worthy
of the trophy.
"My colleagues are all very pas-
sionate about their job, and very
professional in their instruction,"
"I feel very honoured to be
awarded the title of QFI of the
FLTLT Torr's achievements
included: B Category QFI (attained
in minimum time); current Deputy
Flight Commander; one of six
BFTS QFIs to be four-ship forma-
tion lead qualified; Flight Screening
Instructor and Testing Officer (for
HONOURED: FLTLT Alice Torr in the cockpit of a CT4B aircraft. She beat a talented field to become
the first woman to win the award.
Photo: FLTLT Darren Di Savia
'I will be taking
an active role in
at BFTS through
-- FLTLT Alice Torr
pilot applicants); BFTS Testing
Officer and Remedial Officer. She
also played a vital role in mentoring
female students -- a role that she is
very passionate about.
"Taking somebody who has
never been in an aircraft before and
teaching them how to fly is a high-
light," she said.
"It's great to see students I
have taught go on to graduate at 2
Flying Training School, and Army
Helicopter Qualification Course
(Army), knowing that I influenced
them in some way along their
FLTLT Torr believed females
often faced different challenges
while on pilots' course, and having
a female QFI at BFTS helps not
only the female student pilots, but
the male QFIs as well.
WGCDR Tan said: "If we are
committed to employing women
in the ADF in frontline roles like
aviation, we need to ensure that we
are able to provide the right type of
support and guidance at the earliest
stages of training.
"It is at BFTS when all student
pilots first form their professional
networks and create their formula
for future success.
"I think that we will find that
many female pilots who have passed
through this school while FLTLT
Torr has been here will remain in
contact with her, particularly when
they face adversities in their service
FLTLT Torr is looking forward
to her coming posting to 36SQN to
fly the C-17A.
"Although I love instructing, I
am also focused on the next phase
of my career," she said.
"With this in mind, I will be
taking an active role in mentoring
future female students at BFTS
through the Women's Integrated
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