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February 14, 2013
February 23: Cobden
Aero Club Fly-in,
February 23: Wood Wine
Roses Festival, Heywood,
February 28-March 3: Clipsal
500 V8 Supercars race,
February 19: Darwin
tive ceremony, Shrine of
February 26: Palmers Road
Bridge Dedication, Point Cook.
Air Force Band
February 13: 1RTU
RAAF Base Wagga.
February 19: Darwin Defenders
Shrine of Remembrance,
February 23: Sidney Myer
February 24: CAF Dinner at the
2013 Australian International
Air Show at Avalon.
February 25: Official open-
ing and CAF Defence Industry
Dinner at the 2013 Australian
International Air Show at
Air Force Balloon
February 16: Handa
Open Golf, Canberra.
MANY Air Force members can no
doubt relate to the pile of combat
clothing and equipment they move
and store from posting to posting until
they discharge. Well, not for much
Last year, Headquarters Air
Command conducted a combat cloth-
ing and equipment (CCE) review,
with the outcome recommending
a reduction in the amount of CCE
needed to be held by personnel who
are not posted at short notice. As a
result, CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
has approved the hand-back of non-
essential CCE to local clothing stores.
Headquarters Air Command
has negotiated with Joint Logistics
Command for the hand-back activity
to occur from now until December.
For those unable to return their
CCE over this period, such as those
who are deployed or posted overseas,
hand-back can occur on their return.
For further details, refer to CAF
The Chair of the Air Force
Combat Clothing Working Group,
WGCDR Grant Pinder, said the hand-
back was a great example of reform.
"It will realise a number of ben-
efits for both individuals as well as
the organisation with long-term sav-
ings expected for Defence through a
reduced cost to kit personnel who are
not posted at short notice," he said.
"The hand-back activity also ensures
that members posted at short notice or
identified for operational deployment
should receive the latest equipment.
"This change streamlines the CCE
entitlement to permanent and reserve
personnel while maintaining support
"At a minimum, personnel will
retain their Patrol Order (webbing)
to undertake weapons training or for
other tasks such as Defence Aid to the
To ensure clothing stores are not
inundated with returns, local arrange-
ments will be made as to how the
hand-back activity is conducted.
Other recent alterations to CCE
entitlement that align with Navy and
Army include brown t-shirts and
socks now being by repayment (after
initial issue) unless deployed, and the
introduction of a dedicated Extreme
Cold Weather Scale of Clothing for
Air Force units operating in cold
A review of all the Air Force
clothing scales is also under way.
The Headquarters Air Combat point of con-
tact is WGCDR Mark Scarborough at mark.
GIVING BACK: LACW
Gretchen Murrell, of
1AOSS, hands back a pair
of DPCU trousers to the
Williamtown Clothing Store.
Photo: CPL Mark McConnell
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