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June 6, 2013
NUMBER 114 Mobile Control and
Reporting Unit (114MCRU) celebrat-
ed its 70th anniversary of formation
with a parade, flypast and family day
at RAAF Base Darwin on May 23.
Northern Territory Administrator
Sally Thomas reviewed the parade,
attended by CAF AIRMSHL Geoff
Brown and hosted by Commander
Surveillance and Response Group
AIRCDRE Stephen Osborne.
Also in attendance were family and
friends, military members from around
Australia and local school students.
The occasion was marked by
a flypast of an F/A-18 Hornet from
CO 114MCRU WGCDR David
Banham said it was a special mile-
“The 70th anniversary of formation
is a very proud day for 114MCRU,
particularly when considering the
unit’s long and distinguished history of
operational service,” he said.
“It was great that so many family
and friends could attend the day.”
The highlight of the parade was
the trooping of 114MCRU Squadron
Standard, which was presented to the
unit on May 23, 1990.
The parade marched out with the
Queen’s Colour with battle honours
that the unit received for its outstand-
ing service during World War II.
After the parade, members and
guests were invited back to the unit for
a family day.
Ms Thomas complemented the
occasion with the ceremonial cutting
Big day for proud unit
from left, Northern
Sally Thomas, LACW
Tahnee Gardiner, CAF
AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
and CO 114MCRU
Banham after the 70th
anniversary parade, left.
Photos: LAC Terry Hartin
Can’t get much better
LAC William Luong,
who was the Master of
Ceremonies for 114MCRU’s
70th anniversary parade, has
been with the unit for almost
two years and said he has
enjoyed every minute.
“The unit has given me
many opportunities over the
years completing courses
“I can honestly say that
once I post out of the unit I
will leave a better man.”
of a cake with the most junior member
of the unit, AC Minh Cao.
Air surveillance operator LAC
William Luong, who was the Master
of Ceremonies for the parade, said he
was privileged to represent the unit on
such an important occasion.
“Everyone enjoyed the milestone
parade, and CAF even awarded me
a CAF medallion for my efforts [as
Master of Ceremonies] after the fes-
tivities,” LAC Luong said.
As the reviewing officer, Ms
Thomas highlighted the unit’s deploy-
ment to Kandahar in Afghanistan as
part of Operation Slipper from May
2007 to August 2009.
During that time, more than 400
Air Force personnel deployed to the
unit and played a vital role in pro-
viding air battle management of the
Afghanistan airspace operating con-
tinuously for two years.
“The professionalism displayed on
the parade was a reflection of the dedi-
cation and service of both those who
have gone before and current person-
nel as proud members of the unit and
the Air Force,” Ms Thomas said.
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