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3WG RI 1/12
The following personnel are appointed to the positions shown, AUTH: OC.
SQNLDR(AAFC) Larry Rice, 8485249, 3WGHQ is appointed A/OC 3WG, WEF 15
Jan 12 to 23 Jan 12, vice WGCDR(AAFC) Wayne Laycock on leave.
SQNLDR(AAFC) Darren Banfield, 8021696, 3WGHQ is appointed T/CO 325 Sqn,
WEF 24 Mar 12 until further notice.
SQNLDR(AAFC) Daren Banfield, 8021696, 3WGHQ is appointed A/CO 334 Sqn 26
Mar to 12 09 May 12, vice FLGOFF(AAFC) Amberley Mercovich on leave.
FLTLT(AAFC) Rod Hobson, 8021672, 3WGHQ is appointed A/XO 3WG 31 Mar – 12
Apr, vice SQNLDR(AAFC) Larry Rice on leave.
FLGOFF (AAFC) Michelle Fisher, 312 SQN, 8535874 is appointed CO 312 SQN WEF
02 Feb 12.
FLGOFF (AAFC) Graham Orams, 326 Sqn. 8532258 is appointed T/CO 326 Sqn WEF
7 May 12 until further notice.
The following personnel are posted ex-parent units to units shown at the WEF dates and for
duties as indicated, AUTH: OC.
FLGOFF(AAFC) Michelle Fisher, 8535874 is posted ex 333 Sqn to 333 Sqn, WEF 02
Feb 12.
AC(AAFC) Neil Clark, 8582494 is posted ex 303 Sqn to 3 LOGFLT, WEF 02 Apr 12.
Pursuant to AAP 5110.001 the following members have been granted leave for the periods
nominated, AUTH OC:
SQNLDR(AAFC) Larry Rice, 3WGHQ, 8485249, is approved for leave 31 Mar 12 to
12 Apr 12.
FLGOFF(AAFC) Amberley Mercovich, 334 Sqn, 8030048, is approved for leave 31
Mar 12 to 09 May 12.
AFLO Leave
WGCDR Peter Rothwell will be on leave from 12 Apr 12 to 23 May 12. FLGOFF Darren
Carruthers will be A/AFLO during this time.
The following members have been granted the following awards:
a) CSGT Ashleigh Flanagan, 302 Sqn, CF378684 has been awarded Commendation of
Brave Conduct 19 Mar 12.
The following cadets have been awarded the Adventure Training Award:
CSGT Andrew Clark – 311 Sqn
CSGT Yannick De Silva – 304 Sqn
CSGT Bronte John – 322 Sqn
CSGT Scott Nicholls – 322 Sqn
CCPL Martin Kucera – 322 Sqn
LCDT Dylan Bindczus – 304 Sqn
AAFC Aerospace Challenge
Selection for the first AAFC Aerospace Challenge has been carried out with applications
and a week long selection program at RAAF Amberley. This camp was conducted during April
school holidays with 20 cadets who were selected from 138 applicants. These 20 successful
applicants spent a week participating in a program designed to expose cadets to aviation and
engineering programs of both RAAF and Civilian aviation industry. These cadets were also
required to participate in developing a UAV program and presentation as part of the selection
program. 3 Cadets from this selection program will go onto participate in an International
Aerospace Challenge in UK in June.
Congratulations go to 6 cadets from 3WG selected to attend RAAF Amberley and
participate in this new AAFC engineering program.
CCPL Justen Bennett – 303 Sqn
LCDT Sonat Erozan – 306 Sqn
LCDT Peter Ratcliffe – 313 Sqn
LCDT Dillion McGrath – 315 Sqn
LCDT Belinda Blades – 318 Sqn
LCDT Patrick Munsey – 336 Sqn
Congratulations to the 3 cadets selected to go to UK for the Aerospace Challenge. Included
is one cadet from 3 WG and congratulations goes to the following cadet:
LCDT Dillion McGrath – 315 Sqn
Adventure Training Award
Congratulations to the following 3WG cadets who have successfully completed the
Adventure Training Award(ATA). These cadets were presented their ATA badge on parade by
Deputy Chief of Army, Major General Angus Campbell:
CSGT Andrew Clark – 311 Sqn
CSGT Yannick De Silva – 304 Sqn
CSGT Bronte John – 322 Sqn
CSGT Scott Nicholls – 322 Sqn
CCPL Martin Kucera – 322 Sqn
LCDT Dylan Bindczus – 304 Sqn
Bravery Commendation
Congratulations to CSGT Ashleigh Flanagan on receiving award Commendation For Brave Conduct.
The following provides details of this award:
CSGT Flanagan's award is promulgated in the Commonwealth Special Gazette S24
of 2012
EF/$file/S%2024.pdf )
The following is an excerpt of the accompanying media notes
(, page 11):
"On 25 November 2010, Miss Flanagan was at Wairo Beach when she saw a
distressed girl further along the beach. Miss Flanagan and a school friend spoke to
the girl who said three members of her family were in trouble. Miss Flanagan and
her friend immediately entered the rough water and paddled towards the panicking
family. When they reached the family she attempted to calm them as she helped
them onto a foam board. Miss Flanagan, along with others, assisted the family to
paddle out of the rip and back to the shore.
For her actions, Miss Flanagan is commended for brave conduct"
First Aid Certificate Renewals
All staff completing first aid refresher courses are to ensure that they are completing the required
course IAW AAP 5110.001 Part 2 Chapter 2, Paragraph 11.
“First Aid certificate. Applicants must have attained, and continue to maintain for the
duration of their AAFC service, an approved Statement of Attainment for HLTFA301B – Apply
Basic First Aid (Senior First Aid Certificate).” The only First Aid qualification accepted by the
AAFC is HLTFA301B and HLTFA301C.
The following qualifications do not meet the minimum standard for the AAFC: HLTFA301A.
Enquiries regarding FA qualifications including RPL can be made to PLTOFF(AAFC)
Sharon O’Donnell, 3WGHQ Training.
WSA Training.
Commanding Officers/Flight Commanders are reminded of their requirement to have
completed the WHS training of all staff and cadets. This was to be finished March 2012. If details
have not yet been forwarded to HQ they need to be now. Names of those who have been trained are
to be forwarded to PLTOFF(AAFC) Sharon O'Donnell for notation on their personal record.
Wearing of Uniform at HQ.
It has always been a requirement that all members either parading or attending HQ are to
wear uniform. On occasions where it may not be possible to attend in uniform, neat and
businesslike civilian attire is to be worn. This is to be by exception only. Members parading
regularly at HQ who travel directly from work should bring their uniform with them, and change on
arrival at HQ.
Type of Uniform to be worn at HQ. Reference is made to recent CAF directive on
Uniform matters dated 01 Aug 11, which states:
“Dress in the Workplace. DPCU will remain the normal working dress for
most Air Force personnel, where arduous or outdoor duties are involved, or where it
is mandated in Joint Service establishments. Additionally, aircrew may wear flying
clothing in operational units or at a command headquarters. However, outside these
types of working environments, COs/Directors should encourage the wearing of the
SD uniform as normal working dress to promote a clear Air Force identity.”
As a result of the above, Members working at Wing and Squadrons HQ are
requested to parade in SD (or TD) as a first preference.
Members Parading at HQ and Appropriate Compliments
It is reminded that ALL members parading at HQ are to pay compliments to the OC on
arrival and departure. On arrival, members are to not to remove head-dress, until after such
compliments are paid. It is acceptable for this to be not done if the OC cannot be located or is in
closed conference. If they have not paid such compliments on arrival, upon sighting the OC for the
first time should sit fast or offer an appropriate greeting instead.
Name Badges
Members are reminded that the approved name badge for AAFC personnel is the gold
coloured badge with AAFC (or unit) crest. AAFC members are not permitted to wear the RAAF
pattern silver name badge under any circumstances. RAAF members who are also AAFC members
are not permitted to wear their RAAF name badges on AAFC uniform. Members are also no longer
to wear the old RAAF/AIRTC pattern silver name badge with the surname only in blue writing.
AAFCUI refers.
Whilst AAFC name badges are not compulsory, and are required to be purchased, members
are to be encouraged to purchase and wear a name badge.
Garrison Caps
It is also reiterated that no cadet of any rank is to wear a garrison cap. This is a directive
from the RAAF. COs are not to allow senior cadets to flaunt this directive at local units under any
circumstances. AAFCUI refers.
AAFC Access Cards
The AAFC Access Card is to be worn at all times by all AAFC personnel whilst on ADF
establishments in the following manner;
a. Tunic/Utility Jacket – worn with lanyard or fastened to the left breast pocket;
b. Sweaters/Cardigans – worn with lanyard or fastened to the left epaulette;
c. Shirts/Dresses – worn with lanyard or fastened to the left breast pocket;
d. May be worn clipped to the trouser belt on the right side when wearing SD uniform.
e. The Access card may only to be fastened to the epaulette when wearing the jumper or
cardigan. AAP5135.003 Manual of Dress and AAFCUI Refer.
Medal ribbons
Medal ribbons are not to be covered in plastic or any other transparent material.
AAP5135.003 Manual of Dress Refers
Badges not to be worn with AAFC Uniform:
Members are reminded that is a RAAF directive that the following ADF badges are NOT to
be worn with AAFC Uniform (AAFCUI Refers).
RAAF Individual readiness Badge
Military Skills Instructor Badge
Army Recruit Instructor Badge
Army/Infantry Combat Badge
Parachutist Badge; or
Skill-at-arms Badge;
Wearing of badges above the breast pocket.
A number of badges are worn above the breast pocket such as medal ribbons and name
badges. The bottom of these badges is to level with the top of the breast pocket, and worn centrally.
A number of members have been seen regularly wearing badges incorrectly:
Above the pocket with a gap;
Overlapping the top of the pocket;
Not positioned centrally; and/or
Crookedly positioned.
AAFC Uniform Instructions
Members are drawn to the AAFC Uniform Instructions v 3.31 which appear on the AAFC
Resource Centre. All members should familiarise themselves with the contents and ensure that
follow the instructions contained therein.
HQ3WG point of contact for all matters relating to dress is WGWOFF, WOFF(AAFC) R
Saluting of Cadet Under Officers
Reference is made to HQAAFC RI 05/10 which clarified AAFC policy on saluting of Cadet
Under Officers. It is reminded that the previous 3WG ‘custom’ of cadets not saluting Cadet Under
Officers whilst in the company of an airman has never been AAFC National Policy, and this local
custom has been discontinued. Commanders do not have the option to vary this requirement at
local level. For clarification, the policy is as follows:
CUOs are to be saluted by cadets (CDT-CWOFF) at all appropriate times
irrespective of who else is present. In any event, compliments should be paid to any higher
rank by way of a simple greeting such as ‘Good Morning Sir’, ‘Good Afternoon LAC’ or
‘Good Evening Sergeant’. Alternatively a simple ‘Corporal’ or ‘Ma’am’ may be more
appropriate. This goes hand-in-hand with a salute, for those so entitled. In the example of a
CCPL passing by a CUO and an LAC(AAFC) standing together, the CCPL should salute
and offer the greeting ‘LAC, Sir’ to the duo. In that way, the appropriate compliment is paid
to both members. The logic is that each member receives the appropriate compliment for
their rank. It is not to be viewed that saluting a CUO in the presence of an instructor is in
some way disrespectful to the instructor. It is important that an appropriate greeting is made
to acknowledge the position of both individuals. At all times common sense should apply,
especially when large numbers of members of different ranks are gathered. At no times
should an instructor ever salute a CUO.
HQ3WG point of contact for all matters relating to protocol and AAFC customs is
E-Mail Correspondence
All members are reminded that correct forms of address are to be used in all AAFC e-mails.
Broadcast e-mails where there are members both senior and junior to the writer should be opened
with ‘Sir, Ma’am, Colleagues’ or similar. The use of such terms as ‘excusing rank’ are NOT to be
used. Rank is never excused in the AAFC.
Staff and E-Media Policy
Reference is made to SOADMIN/POL/09 (2) which outlines the AAFC Policy on E-Media
which is attached to this RI.
Squadron Leader (AAFC)
Staff Officer Management Services
3 Wing
Australian Air Force Cadets
07 May 12