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April 25, 2013
THE US Navy's Strike Fighter Squadron One Zero Two (VFA 102)
"Diamondbacks" conducted a series of training exercises with 75SQN
around RAAF Base Tindal and the Delamere Air Weapons Range in the
Northern Territory late last month. Pictured above are three 75SQNs
Hornets with a VFA 102 Super Hornet during a training sortie, and inset,
VFA 102 technicians working on a Super Hornet at RAAF Base Tindal.
Photos: LAC Terry Hartin
FORCE Support Unit 7 has become the
first operational unit to be commended
for work health and safety.
Deputy Commander Joint Operations
RADM Stephen Gilmore presented the
unit with a WHS Commendation for
leadership in injury and illness preven-
tion on March 15 during a tour of Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
FSU 7 XO SQNLDR Kevin Hall
accepted the award on behalf of the unit.
RADM Gilmore received the award
in early March at the WHS awards cere-
mony in Canberra and said he was proud
of FSU's efforts.
"I am pleased with this recognition,
as it is the first time such an award has
been presented to a deployed element,"
"WHS and force preservation is
just as important while on operations
and unnecessary risks in the workplace
should not be taken just because person-
nel are no longer in Australia."
All FSU 7 members began their
training at different levels of fitness and
weapons handling skills.
To have the platform set for deploy-
ment injury and illness prevention, the
challenge for the unit was to integrate
these people and ensure every individual
was up to the same high standard of
preparation for deployment.
FSU is a triservice unit of sailors,
soldiers and airmen from over 40 units
The current rotation deployed in late
September 2012 and provides logistic
support, base maintenance and theatre
induction training for ADF personnel in
First for ops unit
WHS ACHIEVEMENT: From left, LACW Athena Sinnott, SGT Peter White and
LAC Wayne Teale talk with Deputy Chief of Joint Operations RADM Stephen
Gilmore at Al Minhad Air Base in the United Arab Emirates after the awarding
of a WHS Commendation, accepted by XO FSU 7 SQNLDR Kevin Hall, right.
Photos: SGT William Guthrie
WHAT do you think about your
job? Your leaders? Defence?
You can have your say and
influence important Defence
decisions about your pay, your
conditions and your work-
The YourSay research goes
live on May 10 and Defence
wants to hear from you.
Personnel -- Air Force AIRCDRE
Bob Rodgers said it was a
great opportunity for members
to make a difference.
"Every year Air Force per-
sonnel get randomly selected
to participate in this survey
and, through it, voice their
views on Air Force's future
policy directions," AIRCDRE
"This research lets us know
what is important to you and
your job -- what you think.
"That's why it's essential
we get as many personnel
as possible to participate -- it
allows our policy people to
make more informed decisions
about your future pay, condi-
tions and workplace environ-
"So if you are chosen to
participate, I highly encour-
know what you think. This is
your chance to influence our
If you would like to know more or
have any questions or comments,
contact the YourSay research
team at firstname.lastname@example.org
What people have said so far
Have your say and
make a difference
Here is some of what about 3,500
people had to say in February.
Nine out of 10 Air Force people
said job security was important
and almost all were satisfied with
their own job security.
Four in five Air Force people were
proud to tell others they were an
Air Force member.
Air Force people who said they
were satisfied with their career pro-
gression were also more satisfied
with their current jobs, however
half the Air Force people said they
were not satisfied with their career
progression. AIRCDRE Rodgers
has acknowledged this concern
and says the significant slowdown
in separations has had a com-
mensurate effect on promotions.
He says as separations normalise,
Air Force promotion targets would
return to five-year averages.
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