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August 15, 2013
BOEING Defence Australia will take
on a $140 million contract with the
novation of the E-7A Wedgetail sustain-
ment contract. The contract provides
engineering, maintenance, spare parts
and training support to the RAAF's
E-7A Wedgetail fleet of aircraft operated
by 2SQN at RAAF Base Williamtown.
Novation to an Australian prime con-
tractor enhances Australian industry's
involvement and leadership in the
sustainment of the Wedgetail capability
throughout this decade and beyond.
End of Op Anode
AN AIR Force C-17A flew about 90
Army Reserve personnel home on
August 1 ending the 30th rotation of
Australian personnel to the Pacific
nation. Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN
Ash Power said after a successful
10-year commitment to the Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon
Islands, the country was now secure
and stable enough for the military
element to leave. A Defence element
has remained in Solomon Islands to
prepare military equipment for return to
DCAF AVM Leo Davies signed the first
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
for a Military Personnel Exchange
Program (MPEP) between the RAAF
and US Navy (USN) on July 23. The
MoU will enable Air Force personnel to
exchange with the USN on platforms
not yet operational in Australia. AVM
Davies said the MoU marked the for-
malisation of Air Force's already strong
relationship with the USN and set the
foundation for progression in both
shared capability development and
Ex Southern Frontier
AN ANNUAL exercise to maintain pro-
ficient interaction between the RAAF
and US Marines, Exercise Southern
Frontier, is under way. More than 300
Marines and sailors are participating.
All flying activities are out of RAAF Base
Tindal but the RAAF is not operating
its aircraft as part of the exercise. Ex
Southern Frontier is scheduled to finish
on September 7.
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EYE OPENER: 1SQN Super
Hornet pilot FLTLT Matthew
Smith discovers the weight of a
V8 Supercar wheel during a visit
to the Redbull Motorsport pits
at Ipswich Raceway. Inset right,
touring car driver Jim Richards
chats to FLTLT Courtney Westphal,
centre, and FLGOFF Julie Rowles.
Inset far right, a 1SQN F/A-18F
Super Hornet banks during the
aerial display. Photos: LAC David Said
Members benefit from DHOAS
THE Defence Home Ownership
Assistance Scheme (DHOAS) has
helped more than 24,000 current
and former ADF members and their
families buy a home since it began
five years ago.
Defence launched the scheme on
July 1, 2008 as a recruitment and
It pays a monthly subsidy into
eligible members' DHOAS home
loans and is designed to reward loy-
alty to the ADF, offering higher sub-
sidy payments the longer members
Senior Contracts Manager in
the Directorate of Relocations and
Housing, Tony Job, said the scheme
was very popular.
"When DHOAS turned five
on July 1 it had issued more than
40,000 subsidy certificates," Mr Job
said.The most popular locations for
DHOAS home loans are Queensland
and New South Wales.
For more information call DHOAS on
1300 434 627 or email dhoas@dva.
Rare insight to V8s
FLTLT Cath Friend
PERSONNEL from 1 and 6SQNs
gained a rare insight into the V8s
on July 27-28 during a visit to the
Supercar race at Ipswich.
During the event the public was
treated to an impressive F/A-18F
Super Hornet aerial display while,
in the background, the garages were
packed with members from both
squadrons who were given the oppor-
tunity to get up close and personal
with the cars.
There they spoke with team engi-
neers and owners of Team Erebus,
Redbull and the Touring Car Masters.
FLTLT Courtney Westphal, 1SQN,
said visiting the V8s proved there were
a lot of similarities between how the
squadron and V8s do business.
"One similarity was the efficiency
of the team -- everyone knowing what
they had to do then doing it on time in
accordance with everybody else in the
team," FLTLT Westphal said.
Some of the V8 teams also took
time out to see how Air Force oper-
"The benefits of working with the
V8s is the exchange of knowledge
-- the V8s giving us better ideas for
ways of doing things and vice versa,"
FLTLT Westphal said.
"It is a rare opportunity for squad-
ron members to get this level of access
and everyone was really appreciative."
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