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June 6, 2013
A LEADING KC-30A tanker pilot, an
aircraft life support fitter and our oldest
continuous operational flying squadron
have been recognised as the best of the
best within Air Lift Group (ALG).
The annual Pathfinders Dining-
In Night was held at RAAF Base
Richmond on May 16, uniting the ALG
community with veterans and relatives
of the Pathfinder Force.
During World War II, elite members
of the RAF's Bomber Command were
selected to form the Pathfinders Force,
who designated the targets for bombing
in Occupied Europe.
Recalling the ingenuity and dedica-
tion of the Pathfinders, ALG presents
three awards at the dining-in night for
an aircrew member, ground support
member and a squadron.
The Aircrew Member of the Year
Trophy was awarded to FLTLT Paul
Taylor, a KC-30A pilot with 33SQN.
FLTLT Taylor was unable to receive
the award however, having recently
begun a three-year exchange post-
ing with the US Air Force to fly their
KC-10 tanker transports.
FLTLT Taylor was recognised
largely for his efforts in introducing IT
reform at 33SQN, which included an
interim Mission Planning System for
His nomination said: "To say that
the successful introduction of KC-30A
FLEXIBILITY: Above left, representing 38SQN were FLGOFF Michael
Oliver, left, Martyn Axelson (Hawker Pacific), CPL Troy Vanderkroft and
WGCDR Stewart Dowrie. Above right, FLTLT Paul Taylor was named
Aircrew Member of the Year.
for ALG FITTING REWARD: CDR ALG AIRCDRE Gary Martin, centre, and Eric Barton from the Pathfinders
Association congratulate 36SQN aircraft life support fitter LAC Brett Jorgensen on receiving the Pathfinders
Ground Support Officer of the Year award.
Photo: CPL Amanda Campbell
NUMBER 2 Expeditionary Health
Squadron (2EHS) is playing its part
in Air Force's New Horizon pro-
gram, influencing positive change
and living Air Force values and
The unit has implemented an
"Air Force Value of the Month" ini-
tiative in which members focus on
one of the revised Air Force values
This approach allows members
to discuss what each of the revised
Air Force values mean, the behav-
iours that demonstrate each value
and what can be done to eliminate
undesirable behaviours from 2EHS
and the wider Air Force.
CO 2EHS WGCDR Glen Storrar
and his leadership team recognised
the importance of the New Horizon
program and the need to illustrate
the revised Air Force values.
At the unit's Williamtown base
and Tindal detachment, each of the
revised Air Force values was out-
lined and the squadron's new Code
of Conduct introduced.
"Our Air Force Value of the
Month program has certainly
helped improve our understanding
of the revised values," WGCDR
"The values are now more than
just words on a page, we have given
them real meaning through our dis-
cussions and all squadron person-
nel have a clear and shared under-
standing of the expected behaviours
BEST BEHAVIOURS: Above,
CO 2EHS WGCDR Glen Storrar
in front of the 'Values Wall' in
the Williamtown Health Centre
waiting room. Left, 2EHS medic
LAC Brad Lavers reviews the
latest value, 'Teamwork'.
Photos: CPL Mark McConnell
Value-adding at 2EHS
linked to each value, in line with
our Code of Conduct."
In promoting the values and cul-
tural change to the wider Air Force,
2EHS uses a noticeboard in the
waiting room of the Williamtown
Health Centre to promote their
Value of the Month.
The "Values Wall" is clearly vis-
ible to all visitors and takes advan-
tage of the captive audience of
patients waiting for treatment or the
"The Values Wall is in an ideal
position to promote cultural change
to the base population, the major-
ity of which will visit the Health
Centre at least once a year,"
WGCDR Storrar said.
More on 2EHS's New Horizon initiatives
can be found on the unit's DRN homepage.
was in large part the result of FLTLT
Taylor's impressive dedication to duty
and professional ability is no under-
The nomination also said: "FLTLT
Taylor has been instrumental in bring-
ing the KC-30A to being an essen-
tial air lift and aerial refuelling asset,
only 18 months after its first flight by
The Ground Support Member of the
Year Trophy was awarded to LAC Brett
Jorgensen, an aircraft life support fitter
LAC Jorgensen has led on-the-job
training programs for new members at
36SQN as well as providing continuous
training for other staff.
The nomination stated: "On several
occasions, when faced with arduous
conditions, involving long work peri-
ods, he remained calm and had a very
high work tempo, functioning at a level
well above that expected of a techni-
cian of his seniority.
"LAC Jorgensen demonstrates
maturity beyond his rank, and has
been instrumental in supplying addi-
tional training within the Aircraft Life
LAC Jorgensen was surprised by
"I thought I was just doing my job,
not thinking I had been doing anything
special," he said.
Deploying with the C-17A has
taken him to the MEAO, US and
Malaysia. "We're well trained here so
being able to support the aircraft over-
seas is not normally hard, but some-
times you get thrown a curve ball," he
"36SQN is a very demanding place
to work. Every day there is something
new, and you have to learn to adapt
The ALG Squadron of the Year
Trophy was awarded to 38SQN. The
award coincides with the 70th anni-
versary year of 38SQN, which is the
oldest continuously operational flying
squadron in the Air Force.
Past and present members of
38SQN joined the current CO,
WGCDR Stewart Dowrie, to celebrate
the award at the dining-in night.
"It's an acknowledgement of the
hard work by the members of the
squadron and Hawker Pacific, after
only three years of standing up the
King Air capability for Air Lift Group,"
WGCDR Dowrie said.
The nomination reflected that while
38SQN's main tasking is air logistics
support of personnel and light cargo,
its flexibility during exercises has
allowed it to fulfil some unusual roles.
The nomination said: "During
Exercise Bersama Shield in Malaysia,
38SQN crews repeatedly flew at low
level across the South China Sea, simu-
lating missile attacks on Royal Navy
ships -- certainly not a typical air logis-
tics support mission."
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