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July 18, 2013
THE Security Force Squadron parade
held at RAAF Base Amberley on
July 4 marked the beginning of a new
era for Air Force security musterings.
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown
reviewed the parade, heralding a new
chapter for the role.
"Today marks a significant change
to Air Force security that will enable
us to more effectively meet security
needs associated with our new highly
technical aircraft and systems," he
"The new Air Force police and Air
Force security integrate all the previ-
ous police and security core skills
together with airfield defence guards
and explosive ordnance demolition
technicians, giving Air Force a highly
enhanced security capability."
The RAAF security police
(SECPOL) mustering disbanded,
splitting into two new musterings:
Air Force Security (AFSEC) and Air
Force Police (AFPOL).
Restructuring key security and
service policing (SP) capabilities was
part of the transition to SECFOR,
under the command of OC 395
Expeditionary Combat Support Wing
Provost Marshal Air Force (PM-
AF) WGCDR Tony Monson said
SECPOL contributed to effective Air
Force command and control of fixed
base and expeditionary operations
by playing a fundamental role in the
maintenance and enforcement of dis-
cipline, service policing and inves-
tigations, day-to-day and mandated
Under the changes, AFSEC
and AFPOL will play a significant
part within the SECFOR construct.
AFSEC will no longer be recognised
as SP, while AFPOL will focus on
policing and base-level investiga-
tions while still providing qualified
investigators to support the ADF
Investigative Service (ADFIS).
"Under the changes, AFPOL
members will now have the opportu-
A new era for security
nity to post in and out of the ADFIS
and base environment," WGCDR
"The added bonus to this is that it
will offer greater location stability to
members who wish to stay in a par-
ticular area for longer."
OC 395ECSW GPCAPT Peter
Davis acknowledged the SECPOL
workforce and their achievements
to date and highlighted the fantastic
ahead, such as the enhanced security
and policing capability made possible
"Support for Air Force opera-
tional and exercise commitments
will also be enhanced, with the move
to SECFOR squadrons giving us an
increased capacity to move resources
to meet priorities," GPCAPT Davis
"The integration will ensure
Air Force security remains flex-
ble, adaptable, agile and respon-
sive to the wider Air Force secu-
rity needs, both at home and overseas
Both OC 395ECSW and PM-AF
recognise the challenges and rewards
ahead, ensuring the security forc-
es transition not only meets CAF's
requirements but incorporates effective
change management principles.
"The devil is in the detail. We
will make sure transition matters are
planned and executed to limit the
impact on personnel while identifying
and gaining benefits and efficiencies,"
WGCDR Monson said.
"We are working with OC
395ECSW on a range of these aspects
and are very closely aligned to
achieve the best possible solution for
the provision of security and policing
within Air Force."
The security police officer catego-
ry will remain and continue to sup-
port the Air Force security, policing
and investigation needs. They will
continue to wear the existing gold
Security Police Badge, while AFPOL
are now wearing a newly designed
Air Force -- Service Police badge.
their berets at the
at Al Minhad Air Base
on July 4. Inset, LACW
CPL Damien Martin and
LAC Shaun Richardson
display their new
Photos: SGT Joel Graham and
LAC Terry Hartin
Farewell to gallant soldier
CPL Nick Wiseman
"HE will never be forgotten by his
regiment," said CO 2nd Commando
Regiment LTCOL B at a moving funer-
al for CPL Cameron Baird, a gallant
soldier who was killed by small arms
fire in Afghanistan on June 22.
The funeral, held at the Reedy
Creek Baptist Church on the Gold
Coast, was attended by CPL Baird's
family, friends and his fellow com-
LTCOL B said the Army had lost
a great soldier, one who led from the
front and whose life was full of stun-
"Today we honour Cam, we remem-
ber him and we thank him for all that
he has given and all that he has shared
with us over the years," LTCOL B said.
"Conspicuous gallantry, composure
and leadership under fire', reads the
citation for his Medal for Gallantry, and
this is how his team mates described his
ALWAYS REMEMBERED: Comrades from 2nd Commando
Regiment carry CPL Cameron Baird's coffin at his funeral service
on the Gold Coast.
Photo: AB Lee-Anne Mack
actions every time he went out on
CPL Baird was serving with the
Special Operations Task Group on
his fifth tour of Afghanistan when
he was killed during an engagement
with insurgents in the Khod Valley.
His body was returned to RAAF
Base Richmond on June 29 where
members of his unit formed an
honour guard, escorting CPL Baird
back to his waiting family.
of the newly
Photos: LACW Kylie
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