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January 31, 2013
CPL Bill Solomou and John Martin
WGCDR Brian Young's illustrious 52-year
Air Force career wrapped up at the end of the
year -- but not before he capped it off with a
flight on one of Air Force's latest and biggest,
a C-17A, courtesy of 36SQN.
WGCDR Young served four Hercules post-
ings between 1968 and 1986, two on the 'A'
and two on the 'E' as a flying instructor, check
captain, flight commander and lastly XO of
So he was in a good position to compare.
"To say the C-17 is a quantum leap from
the E Model is an understatement. It looks like
an aircraft you can enjoy flying -- very, very
capable," he said.
WGCDR Young retired from the reserves
on December 31, a pilot with more than 8500
hours' flying experience. His final position
was project research officer in Nature of
It's a career that had its roots in the Air
Training Corps in Adelaide dating back to the
late 1950s when he had his first flight in the
days when travelling by air was not common-
It was a Bristol Freighter and it had to land
on a grass runway.
"The aircraft seemed huge and during start
and while flying the engines made all manner
of different and unusual noises," WGCDR
"After landing, the pilot turned left on the
grass and we felt the aircraft skidding side-
ways before it settled. It must have been the
damp grass and soil."
He enlisted in the Air Force in 1961.
After graduation in December 1964, he
gained his pilot wings from No 54 Pilots
Course in August 1965 and was posted to
35SQN, flying the Caribou aircraft. Just a year
later he was posted to South Vietnam, flying
Caribous for 12 months.
He moved to 36SQN in 1968 to fly the
"This was the effective start of a career as
an air transport operator, a professional 'trash
hauler,'" he said.
He looks back fondly at the challenges.
"I am still amazed that at one extreme
young aircraft captains were tasked to fly
throughout South Vietnam, in a combat envi-
ronment with minimal supervision, and at the
other I was given a task that took a C-130E
around the world through the Middle East,
Crete, France, England and the United States.
One aircraft, one crew and we did the job."
In 1986 he moved to Canberra, working in
the areas of administrative computer manage-
ment, Air Force international activities policy
and reserve policy.
After age retirement from the PAF in 1998
-- and 37 years of service -- he transferred to
the Reserve Staff Group and served in triserv-
ice reserve policy until 2009.
ADF personnel will march as a formed body
for the first time in this year's Sydney Mardi
Gras parade on March 2.
CDF General David Hurley has authorised
ADF members to march in the parade along-
side government organisations such as the
Australian Federal Police, State Emergency
Services, NSW police, firefighters and ambu-
"Not surprisingly, the decision to allow ADF
personnel to march in uniform at the Sydney
Mardi Gras in 2013 has been supported by
some and criticised by others," GEN Hurley
"While I understand not everyone will agree
with this decision, if the ADF is to remain a
contemporary organisation that reflects the
community it serves then change is required."
He pointed out that it was 20 years since
Australia lifted the ban on homosexual citizens
serving in the military and five years since a
recognised group of Defence personnel first
participated in the Mardi Gras parade.
VCDF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin said
Defence's participation in the Mardi Gras dem-
onstrated how far the ADF had come in the
past 20 years.
"Uniformed ADF members were noticeably
absent from this annual Australian celebra-
tion of diversity, and this is not appropriate as
we seek to promote the ADF's diversity and
acceptance of all members, regardless of their
gender, cultural background, religion and/or
sexual orientation," AIRMSHL Binskin said.
The chairman of the Defence Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI)
Information Service, SQNLDR Vince Chong,
welcomed the change.
"I am delighted that this year any ADF
member can proudly march to show united
support for LGBTI personnel and workplace
inclusion," SQNLDR Chong said.
The Head of People Capability, MAJGEN
Gerard Fogarty, said the focus of Mardi Gras
today was diversity, inclusion and community,
which was far removed from the parade's ori-
gins as a right-to-exist protest 35 years ago.
"I view the ADF's participation as a means
to not only show support for our members, but
to demonstrate that the ADF is an employer
that welcomes and supports personnel from
a wide range of backgrounds. This is very
important to the ADF's continual aim to attract
high-calibre personnel from across the entire
spectrum of Australian society," MAJGEN
The Director General of Cultural Reviews
and Response, AIRCDRE Henrik Ehlers, said
a uniformed presence in the Mardi Gras march
was one of the many initiatives in place under
Defence's Pathway to Change program.
The ADF's RSM Ceremonial will coordi-
nate the protocol for the march, including the
requirement for members to march in three
formed divisions according to service prec-
edence. Members are also required to change
into civilian attire immediately following the
For further information about participating in this
year's Sydney Mardi Gras, contact SQNLDR Vince
Chong at email@example.com or refer to
the DEFGLIS website: www.defglis.com.au. CDF's
statement on ADF participation in the Mardi Gras
can be found at http://defweb.cbr.defence.gov.au/
ADF to march
in Mardi Gras
JUMP ON BOARD:
As a tribute to his
Brian Young received
a flight in 36SQN's
A41-211, at RAAF
Base Amberley on
Photos: CPL Casey Smith
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