RAAF column: December 52023

Hudson (10-years-old), McKinley (9) and Lilly (12), with their ADF Medallions and Certificates. Photos: Contributed

ON November 14, the Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) Branch hosted an event to present the Child of the ADF Medallion to a number of very excited and deserving children of members serving at RAAF Base East Sale.

The Child of the ADF Medallion is awarded to children of current or former serving ADF members who have shown resilience and growth in managing the challenges of the ADF lifestyle.

Every family has their own challenges which can include frequent relocations, deployment of a parent, military exercises, or one parent living away from the family.

For some children it can be the challenge of moving schools, changing sports clubs or teams, and the bravery to make new friends that require resilience to overcome.

The ceremony reminded everyone why working with children or animals is problematic, as the recipients of all ages were called up to receive their award.

There were smiles, a few tantrums, and some gentle nudges, all contributing to make it a fun ceremony for the proud parents and deserving children.

In total there was 51 children presented their Medallion and Certificate by the Senior Australian Defence Force Officer, Group Captain Brett Williams.

The medallion depicts Air Force, Army and Navy through the images on the front, and the three services are further represented by the purple ribbon along with the Orange and Black which represents DMFS.

What’s on at Dutson Range

DUTSON Training Area will be active during the periods listed below for Field Training Exercises.

Some of these activities may involve demolition practices and, as such, explosions may be heard between the hours of 9am and 4pm each day.

Public recreational usage of Lake Wellington will not be affected by these exercises.

December 6-7 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Training

While RAAF personnel strive to inform the public of all activities conducted at Dutson Training Area, explosions may be heard outside of the dates listed above if dictated by operational requirements.

Warning to Hunters

IN the interest of public safety, notification is hereby given that access to Dutson Training Area is prohibited.

Dutson Training Area is still an active weapons range, and presents a significant hazard to all persons within the range boundaries.

The hazard not only exists during range activation for weapons exercises, but also during times of inactivity. This is due to the very high levels of Unexploded Explosive Ordnance on this range, some dating back to World War 2, much of which is in an unstable condition.

Unmarked silted in bomb craters present another significant hazard. You are reminded that it is an offence, under Section 89 and 89A of the Commonwealth Crimes Act to trespass on Defence land, and to discharge firearms on or over Commonwealth land.

The Dutson Range Boundaries are depicted above.

For further information, phone Sergeant Nick Young on 0429 402 049.

Aircraft Operations at East Sale

IF you are interested in learning more about the role of RAAF Base East Sale, flying operations and flying areas, you can visit www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise/EastSale.

This includes a link the RAAF East Sale Noise Management Plan.

The Defence approach to noise mitigation and Air Force fly neighbourly policy can also be found through the ‘Understanding Noise’ site.

General information

ANY enquiries relating to activities at RAAF Base, East Sale should be directed to the Air Base Command Post on 5169 9892, or via email to esl.abcp@defence.gov.au.

Henry (three-years-old) and Grace (7) with their Medallions and Certificates recognising their efforts being in an ADF family.

Dutson Training Area Range boundaries.