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Facing up to it
CPL Bill Solomou
IT WAS better late than never, but the face
on the Air Force balloon, Air Force Imagery
Specialist CPL Amanda Campbell, of 28SQN,
finally got aloft in “her” balloon in Canberra last
It had only taken six years.
When the new-look balloon was launched on
September 13, 2006, CPL Campbell could not
go up on the inaugural flight because she was
The image of CPL Campbell dressed in half
Disruptive Pattern Combat Uniform with face
paint and half Air Force Service Dress was
designed to depict the two faces of the Air Force
– the representative and the operational.
An F/A-18 Hornet is pictured on the other
side of the canopy.
Back in 2006, CPL (then LACW) Campbell,
who had been in the Air Force for five years at
that stage, admitted being a little self-conscious
about having her image on the balloon but
agreed that it looked “pretty good”.
“It was a bit embarrassing but my parents
were very proud,” she said. “Not everyone can
say that they have their face on the Air Force
Six years on, she is still somewhat embar-
rassed by all the attention.
“People tell me they have seen me here,
there and everywhere,” she said.
CPL Campbell and her husband SGT Morgan
Campbell enjoyed their short yet memorable
flight over Canberra on December 3.
She said it was well worth the wait.
“The flight was awesome and peaceful and
we got to fly over Parliament House,” she said.
CPL Campbell’s image was originally used as
a prototype, but, as they say, the rest is history.
January 31, 2013
Air Force gets new
head of chaplaincy
NEWLY promoted AIRCDRE Kevin Russell is Air
Force’s new Director General of Chaplaincy.
AIRCDRE Murray Earl, who had been in the role
for five years, handed over the reins to AIRCDRE
Russell at a ceremony in Canberra on January 14,
officiated by DCAF AVM Leo Davies.
Following 22 years’ service to Air Force,
AIRCDRE Earl will retire from the PAF and transfer
to the Specialist Reserve in April.
AIRCDRE Russell, who was promoted by CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown during a Senior Leadership
Team meeting in Canberra on December 12, said
he was honoured to be following in AIRCDRE Earl’s
“I wish to pay tribute to the way in which CHAP
Earl has led the Chaplains’ Branch over the last five
years,” AIRCDRE Russell said.
“I look forward to even greater opportunities
to serve the people of the Air Force through the
role of Director General Chaplaincy – Air Force. I
will be seeking to recruit new clergy to Air Force
chaplaincy and work to further enable chaplains
to fulfil thier vital role in caring for our people and
CONGRATULATIONS: From left, AIRCDRE
Kevin Russell with DCAF AVM Leo Davies
and AIRCDRE Murray Earl.
finally going for a
flight in “her” Air
Photo: CPL Bill
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