Home' Air Force News : August 29th 2013 Contents will be holding their 20 year reunion
cocktail party at the
Australian War Memorial on
14 Dec 13
ADFA class of 93 and staff
(1991-1993) are welcome.
Tickets are available for purchase
The event will also be raising
money for "Soldier On".
For further details refer to the ADFA
Class of 93 Facebook page or contact
We can Produce
Phone: 03 5967 3537
Official RAAF Ensignia
Uniform Name Patches
Pilot&Aircrew Name Patches
Special Requirement Patches/Badges
Highest Quality Authorised Supplier
August 29, 2013
1. Air Force FLTLT Rhys Brown 52.50 100.00 26.00
2. Army CAPT Rich Keller 100.00 54.50 14.00 168.50
3. Air Force LAC Levi Williams 65.00 8.00 80.00
4. Air Force LAC Rhyan Bassett 52.50 65.00 32.00
5. Air Force FLTLT Rohan Jacobsen 29.00 20.00
1. Air Force FLTLT Amanda Gosling 100.00 100.00
2. Army LT Julie Lakotij 80.00 80.00 60.00 220.00
3. Army CAPT Arriana Keeys 40.00 40.00 100.00
1. Navy AB Julian Jais 0.00 0.00 25.15 25.15
2. Navy MDSMN Matt Smith 14.96 12.76 3.13 30.85
3. Air Force FLTLT Michael Atkinson 17.96 16.23 0.00
Champion men's snowboard squad
Air Force (966.5pts)
Champion women's snowboard squad
Air Force (546pts)
CARVING UP THE POINTS
Boarders back on top
CPL Max Bree
AIR Force snowboarders ended the
Army's nine-year winning streak,
taking out the overall title at the
ADF Snowsports Championships in
Perisher Valley from August 11-15.
The men took four of the top five
spots in the individual standings,
while the airwomen won the snow-
board team competition overall.
Army male boarders began the
event well with first and second plac-
es in the giant slalom event, but Air
Force hit back taking first and second
in the snowboard cross.
The overall result came down to
the slope-style event, but a lack of
snow during the RAAF boarders'
training camp at Mt Hotham meant
they couldn't practise their jumps.
FLTLT Rhys Brown, of 2SQN,
topped the overall individual stand-
ings and said the result could have
gone either way.
"It was close, it really could have
been anyone's," he said. "We prefer
the slope-style, which is probably
the Air Force's best event and even
though we didn't have the jumps the
week before we got first and second."
FLTLT Amanda Gosling, of the
Directorate of Aviation and Air Force
Safety, finished on top of the wom-
en's individual standings.
"I was pretty confident, but snow-
boarding is a game of luck as well
as skill, so you never know what the
result is going to be," she said.
But it wasn't an easy slide to
victory, FLTLT Gosling said.
"The girls have really stepped up
this year," she said. "We've got great
teams from each of the three services.
It's good competition."
Strong finish in Nordic biathlon
TAKING AIM: CPL John Granich and SQNLDR
Andrew Scholten compete in the Biathlon event.
AIR Force personnel returned strong results
at Exercise Coolshot 13 -- the Air Force and
Interservice Nordic Skiing and Biathlon
Championships at Mount Hotham, Victoria.
Returning for his second year of skiing, and
after excellent preparation, CPL John Granich,
of HMAS Harman, was promoted to the senior
men's category and took out the RAAF Cross
Country Skiing Male Championships.
CPL Granich was pleased with his
improved showing and said it was better than
"It was great to have the support of the team
in maturing as an athlete and a leader," he said.
SQNLDR Greg Foord, of RAAF Base
Edinburgh, took out the RAAF Seniors
Biathlon, while seasoned competitor FLTLT
Tina Willmett remained undefeated in the
hotly contested senior women's RAAF Cross-
Country and Biathlon events.
SQNLDR Lesley Leppard won the RAAF
Intermediate Biathlon, SQNLDR David Child
won the RAAF Intermediate Cross-Country
and Biathlon, and ACW Valerie Lim won
the RAAF Award for outstanding effort
In the interservice competition, the senior
men's and women's biathlon, which was can-
celled due to poor snow conditions, was raced
as a 15km/7.5km freestyle cross-country ski
SQNLDR Andrew Scholten was the fastest
Air Force finisher, just behind the race leaders.
The following day, intermediate men and
women raced a 5km/3km biathlon with four
shoots (two prone and two standing) in near
perfect conditions. The intermediate women's
biathlon was won by ACW Chantelle Neville,
edging out Navy by 4sec.
"I can't believe I've come so far -- next
year will be even better," ACW Neville said.
Air Force came a strong second in both the
men's and women's biathlon patrol, a team-
based event held over several hours and cover-
ing about 12km, which involved intelligence
gathering, navigational exercises and target
The sprint relay that afternoon was held
in blizzard conditions, with teams sprinting
1km laps in a mixture of classical and skating
The final event of the competition, a classi-
cal cross-country skiing race in picture-perfect
conditions, finished with Air Force coming
second in both the senior and intermediate
women's race. First to the end for Air Force
was SQNLDR Scholten, setting a scorching
pace and setting up a photo finish at the 10km
The women's event saw an even stronger
finish at the 5km mark from FLTLT Willmett,
who again brought credit to the team in her
penultimate year of competition.
The excellent camaraderie between all
services highlighted the ADF's ability to
operate effectively in triservice environments,
and was reflected throughout the event.
Exercise Coolshot 13 was held from
Incoming Air Force Nordic Biathlon
Association (AFNBA) president SQNLDR
Rod Orrock said that with a strong team
base, "high hopes are held for next year's
inter-service competition for the Air Force
and I can't wait to lead the team into hosting
next year's event".
Air Force personnel (permanent and reserve)
interested in Nordic and biathlon skiing can
contact SQNLDR Rod Orrock at raafnordic@
It's a date!
ADF day at
LS Helen Frank
FOLLOWING the success of last
year's Thredbo ADF Day, Kosciuszko
Thredbo Pty Ltd has announced
that this year's event will be held on
Thredbo Training Manager Paul
Corcoran said it was a great opportu-
nity to raise awareness of the sacri-
fices made by Australia's servicemen
"Our intentions are pure and we
want to take the time out to thank
ADF members for their service to this
great nation," Mr Corcoran said.
"We are currently in contact
with the Disabled Winter Sports
Association with the aim of getting
some of our disabled veterans out on
the snow for the first time, empower-
ing their rehabilitation.
"Having served in the RAN
myself for 21 years, I am now in a
position to empower the corporate
world to recognise those efforts and
to simply say 'thank you' to all ADF
Military members will be able to
buy a one-day lift pass for Thredbo on
September 20 for $30. Members will
be required to show their service ID
card to receive the discount.
Mr Corcoran said he received a
great deal of positive feedback from
last year's event and it was wonderful
watching members of the public come
up to ADF members, shaking hands
and thanking them for their service.
"Most of all my aim is to highlight
publicly the great efforts of the ADF
and those fantastic people that wear
our nation's uniform," he said.
HIGH STANDARDS: CPL John Granich, FLTLT Tina
Willmett and SQNLDR Greg Foord with their spoils
from the Air Force and Interservice Nordic Skiing
and Biathlon Championships at Mount Hotham.
ON THE EDGE: Competitors race in the
snowboard cross event during the Australian
Defence Alpine Snowsports Championships
at Perisher Valley. Inset, FLTLT Michael
Atkinson hits the slopes. Photos: CPL Max Bree
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