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ADF support to the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum
19 Aug 2019
In August 2019 the Australian Defence Force contributed to the Australian Government's efforts to support Tuvalu to host the 2019 Pacific Islands Forum. The ADF provided air transport and logistics, air management and ground coordination. Defence coordinated its support with the New Zealand Defence Force and the United States Indo-Pacific Command.
ARDU women in flight test motivation camp
14 Aug 2019
The Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) has a distinguished history of testing new aircraft types and cutting edge systems, and they are searching for the next generation of Flight Test Engineers (FTEs) to fill the ranks. FTEs are RAAF Engineers who are personally selected for an intensive year of ground and airborne education at an overseas Test Pilot School. On completion of course FTEs return to Australia at ARDU for a three year posting. The role of an FTE is an exciting one; bridging the gap between engineer and pilot to test systems on any RAAF platform. ARDU is an element of the Test and Evaluation Directorate (TED) within the Air Warfare Centre (AWC) and has a mission to provide a complete and integrated Test and Evaluation (T&E) capability for Air Command and to generate flight test professionals for future Air Force capability.
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.