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May 9, 2013
CPL Aaron Curran
A SUPERIOR level of performance in
his duties, both at home and on opera-
tions, and a display of the Air Force
Values in all aspects of his life have
earned CPL Jason Cox the Air Vice-
Marshal B.A. Eaton Airman of the Year
award for 2012.
CPL Cox, a 37SQN avionics techni-
cian deployed in the MEAO, said he
received the news in a phone call from
his CO, WGCDR Darren Goldie.
"I was initially shocked as I had no
idea I was nominated," CPL Cox said.
"I felt excited and honoured by the
award and from the words said to me by
The CO's phone call was followed
by more calls of congratulation from
Commander Air Lift Group AIRCDRE
Gary Martin and WOFF-AF Mark
WGCDR Goldie said one of CPL
Cox's strong traits was the development
of 37SQN's junior members.
"He incorporated the less experi-
enced members and actively mentored
them to not only improve their trade
skills but also their skills as airmen,"
WGCDR Goldie said.
"CPL Cox also displayed and mod-
elled these values in his interactions
with the wider 37SQN team."
One of the most notable examples of
CPL Cox's dedication and professional-
ism occurred while he was deployed
with 37SQN to Operation Resolute in
The task was originally for three
days but was extended to 14. During
this extension there was a requirement
to manually track the hours remaining
for special maintenance tasks. Through
effective communication back to 37SQN
and timely maintenance planning, infor-
mation and engineering advice could be
given by Richmond-based staff.
CPL Cox familiarised himself with,
and completed, tasks that were outside
of his base trade, working long hours in
a high-tempo environment coupled with
large amounts of flying and constant
changes in plans.
His tasking was the longest and most
administratively challenging technical
task launched in 2012 and WGCDR
Goldie said he "performed to a superior
standard that strongly contributed to the
Last year, CPL Cox also volun-
teered to assist in a phased servicing of
a C-130J after the crew were unable to
rectify a problem with the Identification
Friend or Foe/Traffic Alert and Collision
He quickly reacquainted himself
with the system then proceeded to teach
the more junior members how it oper-
ated. As a result the functional checks
were completed in half the standard
CPL Cox said the most challenging
part of his job was operating away from
base with a small team of personnel
with limited resources and still being
able to rectify faults to continue on tasks
"It's the travel to, at times, remote
locations and operating in difficult con-
ditions that are also for me the most
enjoyable and satisfying parts of the
job," he said.
"I have personally gained great
mates and pride in the work I do.
Professionally, I have gained the ability
to lead and a respect and understanding
of all the sections and trades that help to
put an objective together."
WGCDR Goldie said the 37SQN
Authorised Maintenance Organisation
was a highly professional and dedicated
"They are constantly required to per-
form in exceptionally challenging condi-
tions," WGCDR Goldie said.
"CPL Cox has risen from the
crowd to be the most outstanding
airman within this high performance
team and environment."
Top airman gets
awarded on ops
of the Year for
Photo: PO Phil
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