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November 21, 2013
LS Helen Frank
THE last seven photographers gradu-
ated from the School of Air Warfare
Photographic Training Flight (PTF) at
RAAF Base East Sale on October 25.
A formal parade was held for the
graduates of 1/2013 Basic Photographic
Course, marking both the end of their
training and the closure of the training
Formal photographic training
started during World War II when Air
Force created a photographic flight
in Canberra. It moved to East Sale in
1946 and the School of Photography
was formed in April 1952. In 1999 the
school was disbanded and became the
More than 450 Air Force, Navy and
Army photographers have received their
training at PTF and SGT Kirk Peacock
has instructed those on the last two
"It has been very rewarding instruct-
ing our future photographers," SGT
Peacock said. "I'm looking forward to
where the mustering is going -- it's an
Commanding Officer No. 28
Squadron WGCDR Karen Ashworth
said the PTF had a proud history but,
after a review of the Air Force imagery
capability, the decision was made to
"Air Force has reviewed its imagery
capability to ensure it continues to
deliver requirements now and into the
future," WGCDR Ashworth said.
"The mustering has been reorgan-
ised and is changing its name to 'Air
Force Imagery Specialists'.
"The role of Imagery Specialists in
supporting both routine and strategic
communications imagery requirements
is also being reinforced through this
Within Air Force, the imagery capa-
bility has been brought under 28SQN
with imagery detachments continu-
ing to operate at RAAF Bases Tindal,
Amberley, Williamtown, Richmond and
Edinburgh, as well as in Canberra.
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WOFF Chris Hunter, of No. 33
Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley,
passed away in his sleep unexpect-
edly on October 20 while deployed
to RAAF Base Darwin during
Amberley runway works.
A military funeral was held in
Adelaide on October 30, where for-
mer C-130J Hercules colleague and
Director KC-30A Transition Team,
GPCAPT Matt Hegarty, presented a
eulogy on behalf of Air Force.
"In 21 years, Chris had a huge
impact on the RAAF," GPCAPT
"He was a superb airman, a great
mate and gentleman. I have profound
respect for the service that Chris gave
to Air Force, for his frank advice and
"I am deeply saddened and
shocked by Chris's untimely passing."
WOFF Hunter joined the Air
Force in 1992 as an Airfield Defence
Guard. He later became an Air
Surveillance Operator, then trained
as an Airborne Electronic Analyst. In
1998 he began loadmaster training on
the C-130J at RAAF Base Richmond,
where he flew thousands of hours for
nearly 10 years.
He later became an Air Refuelling
Operator, which involved intensive
training and operational flying in
the US on the KC-135 Stratotanker.
He returned to Australia in 2008 and
took up the duties of 33SQN WOFF
and Deputy Air Refuelling Operator
GPCAPT Hegarty said WOFF
Hunter's outstanding work during this
period resulted in him being select-
Sad loss for Air
SADLY MISSED: Above, WOFF Chris Hunter, of No. 33 Squadron, passed
away unexpectedly on October 20. Inset, GPCAPT Matt Hegarty gives
WOFF Hunter's wife, Helen, the RAAF Ensign at a military funeral in
Adelaide on October 30.
Photos: LAC Scott Woodward and CPL Colin Dadd
ed to become the first US Air Force
exchange boom operator at McGuire
Air Force Base in New Jersey.
"Despite the fact that Chris was
a foreigner, the US Air Force hierar-
chy appointed him the Chief Boom
Operator where he was responsible
for over 40 airmen and airwomen,"
WOFF Hunter and his wife
returned to Australia only a few
months ago. GPCAPT Hegarty
passed on a message from Senior
Master SGT Gary Evans, of the
McGuire Air Force Base.
"The boom operator and KC-10
community was shocked and sad-
dened to hear the news about Chris
and we are all trying to cope with his
loss," the message read.
"His zest for life was infectious
and he leaves behind dozens of
friends here in the States that will cel-
ebrate his life. I thank you for giving
me the opportunity to work alongside
such a great leader and mentor."
WOFF Hunter is survived by his
wife Helen, parents Garry and Kay,
brothers Anthony and Richard, and
sisters Catherine and Brigitte.
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