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Bosses examine the heart of military life
15 Jul 2019
Up to 22 employers of RAAF health specialist reserve personnel and Health Professionals participated in Exercise BOSS LIFT – Talisman Sabre 2019 from Friday 12-14 July 2019. Employers and Reservists were flown in a C-17A Globemaster from RAAF Base Amberley to Exercise Talisman Sabre at Shoalwater Bay near Rockhampton in Central Queensland. Participants observed the delivery of the ADF’s health capability in a deployed setting, with site visits to the Role 2 Medical facility (combat hospital), and an opportunity to experience an Aero-Medical Evacuation demonstration.
Chief of Air Force Change of Command
03 Jul 2019
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) welcomed its new Chief, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, AO, DSC during a ceremonial parade and flypast in Canberra today. Outgoing Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies, AO, CSC said it has been a privilege to lead the RAAF for the last four years. Air Marshal Hupfeld said it was both an incredible honour and a substantial responsibility to be taking over command of Air Force. Air Marshal Hupfeld has served in the RAAF for almost 40 years. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) in recognition of his performance as Commanding Officer of Number 75 Squadron on Operation FALCONER, and his Squadron was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation. Air Marshal Hupfeld has commanded Air Combat Group, posted as Air Commander Australia and Head Force Design. He received an appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments. Prior to being appointed Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Hupfeld served as Chief Joint Operations.
QLD Fire and Emergency Services train with RAAF firefighters
20 Jun 2019
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services recently worked with firefighters from No 23 Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley to run through a hazardous material and decontamination exercise. Key areas of the training included the fitting of appropriate personal protective equipment, product identification, chemical containment and clean up, education on the use of testing kits, casualty removal, medical requirements, and set up and use of the decontamination trailer. Joint exercises such as this provide significant upgrades and insights for Air Force’s Firefighting capability.
Exercise Diamond Storm
11 Jun 2019
Exercise Diamond Storm is one of the Royal Australian Air Force’s practical components of training for students of the Air Warfare Instructor’s Course (AWIC) coordinated by the Air Warfare Centre. AWIC19 integrates warfighting functions across a range of specialisations to develop expert air warfare instructors who will represent the next generation of tactical and integrated warfare experts across the Air Combat spectrum. Diamond Storm 2019 is being conducted from RAAF Bases Darwin and Tindal, in the skies over the “Top End” of the Northern Territory, from 26 April until 29 May 2019.
Gilgandra community engagement
04 Jun 2019
On 2 June 2019 a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules and 30 Defence personnel visited Gilgandra in Central New South Wales for an Indigenous community engagement visit as part of National Reconciliation Week 2019. Whilst Gilgandra is often used by the Air Force for tactical airlift training, the visit marked the first time the Wiradjuri nation has provided a ‘Welcome to Country’ for Defence personnel at the base. Approximately 400 people from the local Gilgandra community came to Gilgandra Airfield to tour the Hercules, have a barbeque, and speak with Defence personnel.
2OCU conducts final AWIC with classic Hornet
28 May 2019
As Exercise DIAMOND STORM 2019 draws to a close, No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit (2OCU) will fly their last Air Warfare Instructor Course (AWIC) mission operating the F/A-18A/B “Classic” Hornet. Developed from Fighter Combat Instructor (FCI) Course, AWIC was redeveloped in 2017 as an innovative course aimed at preparing personnel to operate fifth generation platforms in a joint, integrated combat environment. This contemporary training was launched ahead of the arrival of Air Force’s first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in December 2018. Although this is the final AWIC for 2OCU operating the Classic Hornet, AWIC 2021 will still include the F/A-18A/B Hornets being flown by No. 75 Squadron. Having operated F/A-18A/B Hornets since 1984, 2OCU will retire the aircraft at the end of the year and begin the transition to the F-35A in early 2020