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November 7, 2013
THIS Christmas people are encouraged to make
a lasting contribution to ADF personnel and their
families by donating to the RSL, Legacy or wounded
veterans' charities rather than sending a parcel to
However, if people do wish to send mail and par-
cels, there will be no change to existing free postal
The Australian Forces Post Office box address is
open until December 9. It is:
An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
Packages must not contain perishable goods. Items
must be robustly packaged as breakages can occur dur-
General care parcels received by Defence after
December 9, and those that exceed Defence's ability
to distribute to deployed personnel, will be donated to
Australian charities such as the Salvation Army.
Parcels must not contain alcohol, pornography or
inappropriate written material.
All items must meet the requirements and restrictions detailed
on the Defence website at www.defence.gov.au
"WE ARE a unique first world Air
Force that is respected, reliable and
relevant." This was CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown's message when he
addressed the Australian Strategic
Policy Institute in October.
"No other country in the world has
a comparative force that is raised from
such a small population, with such a
huge amount of air, land and sea to
cover," he said.
The accomplishments of Air Force
have provided a track record that has
gained the respect of government and
partners, according to CAF.
"Our ability to respond rapidly to
any tasks, nationally or regionally, dem-
onstrates our reliability," AIRMSHL
"Our flexibility to adapt to challeng-
es demonstrates our relevance as a tool
of national power."
While current and future air power
and capability issues were among the
key topics discussed, CAF also spoke
about the workforce, without which
capability would be irrelevant.
"The ability to raise, train and sus-
tain a force is an important part of my
job as CAF," he said.
"To raise the force requires us to
continually review the skill sets that we
need in our people. I can not recruit
people who only have the ability to per-
form today's jobs. I need people with
the potential to develop skill sets we
will require in five or 10 years' time. We
can not stand on the laurels of the excel-
lent team we currently have."
He said today's recruits would be
tomorrow's leaders, and that the current
generation of school leavers were more
prepared to embrace change than those
in the past.
"As Chief, it is my responsibility to
provide a work environment that makes
Air Force an employer of choice," he
"In an environment where the team
outcome is what is typically measured,
UNIQUE FORCE: CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown addresses the Australian
Strategic Policy Institute.
Photo: LAC David Cotton
I want a workforce that values each mem-
ber of the team. Individuals need to be
able to excel as much as the group. In
this area I believe Air Force is making
great advances in reshaping our work-
place. While we value our heritage, we
don't look to the past as the model of how
we do business."
He said Air Force was on a journey
of adaptation and improvement, and that
he aimed to raise and train a workforce
that would remain relevant to government
expectations and community norms.
"Our activities to raise, train and sus-
tain the current force, and the policies that
shape our environment alongside engage-
ment with our allies and regional partners,
all provide the basis for our forces to sup-
port future government needs," he said.
To read CAF's speech in full, visit http://air-
Exercise Equateur was an eye-open-
er for FLTLT Glenn Bruhn.
He was one of eight ADF per-
sonnel who took part in the exercise
in New Caledonia, which focused
on evacuation operations, humani-
tarian assistance and disaster relief
from October 9-18.
FLTLT Bruhn, the C-130J
Simulator Fidelity Manager and
a C-130J Hercules captain at
No. 285 Squadron, was the only
Air Force member and worked in
Joint Operations Command Air
He advised on the use of air
assets, approval of air tasking order
proposals and subsequent tracking
of task completion.
"It was a good opportunity to
learn about the joint and combined
environment, as most of my experi-
ence has been within Air Lift Group,
HQ Air Command Air Operations
Centre and with the US Air Force,"
The exercise involved eight
nations -- France, Britain, Australia,
New Zealand, Tonga, Papua New
Guinea, Vanuatu, Canada and Japan.
Australian contingent leader
MAJ Graeme Toms said the ADF
personnel filled operations, plan-
ning, logistics, communications and
"It was a chance to enhance our
professional linkages between the
ADF and partner nations both in the
Pacific and NATO," MAJ Toms said.
"Maintaining a positive defence
relationship with New Caledonia
and other regional partners is impor-
tant to Australia."
Phase one included virtual force
integration training before deploy-
ing to the island of Lifou. Phase two
was to evacuate citizens and provide
disaster relief for up to 48 hours
before handing over the non-gov-
ernment organisations to continue to
support the local populations.
During phase three personnel
organised a virtual airdrop insertion
and amphibious lodgments as well
as counterinsurgency operations.
Troops then redeployed to the coast-
al town Canala and the island of
Tiga to offer further support before
withdrawing in phase four.
The ADF involvement comprised
personnel from the amphibious task
group, DJFHQ, HQAC and HQ
JOC. The group was working out
of the French Armed Forces New
Caledonia Headquarters in Noumea.
FLTLT Bruhn said it was inter-
esting to learn about the Australian
Amphibious Task Group as well as
to see that other operators, particu-
larly aviation, were not really that
different from the RAAF operators.
"This was the first time I had
dealt with the French and I was very
impressed with their kind hospital-
ity," he said.
FRENCH CONNECTION: FLTLT Glenn Bruhn, far right, with his ADF colleagues, including a British
marine on exchange with the Australian Amphibious Task Group.
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