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Care Parcel 2017

On 9 November a team of Air Force Association Victoria volunteers gathered at the Association’s Hawthorn office to assemble and dispatch 705 care parcels for deployed Air Force personnel in the Middle East and elsewhere.

This year the AFA team was joined by volunteers from 21 Squadron, led by their Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Nigel Leurs. As past recipients of the AFA’s Care Parcel Program, the 21 Squadron members know how important it is to receive a little something from home at Christmas.

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AFA (VIC) President travels to Tetbury, UK for Remembrance Day Commemoration.

AFA (Victoria) President GPCAPT (Ret’d) Carl Schiller, OAM CSM, is travelling to Tetbury (near the Cotswolds) in the UK to take part in the annual commemoration on Remembrance Day of the fallen airmen of the 1st Wing Australian Flying Corps.

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Your invitation to the 18 Nov 2017 Merz Lecture – McDonnell Douglas Phantom F4-E

Friends of the RAAF Museum are once again hosting the 2017 Merz Lecture at Point Cook. The topic for this year’s lecture is the McDonnell Douglas F4-E Phantom in RAAF service

Join AVM (Ret’d) Dave Rogers AM and WGCDR (Ret’d) Lance Halvorson MBE (Ret’d) as they share their experiences as crew members on the F4-E Phantom aircraft – and support Friends of the RAAF.

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Family and friends farewell AVM (Ret’d) Brenton Jack Espeland AM (1948 – 2017)

On Tuesday 10 October 2017, St Peter’s Anglican Cathedral was packed with family, friends and Air Force colleagues who came to pay their respects to farewell AVM Brent Espeland, who passed away on 29 September, 2017 following a short battle with cancer. He was aged 69 years

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Alice Ross-King Care Centre

Alice Ross-King (1887-1968) was an Australian civilian and military nurse who served in WW1 and WWII. Alice was born at Ballarat, Victoria.In 1949, she was awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal, the highest award made by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Alice was one of two Australian nurses to receive the medal in 1949.
The Air Force Association (Western Australia Division) named its new, 102 bed, Residential Care Centre at Bull Creek ‘Alice Ross-King Care Centre’ in honour of this great Australian.

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News from 406 Squadron

The October to December 2017 460 Squadron (The G for George Squadron) Veterans and Friends Group newsletter. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, 60th anniversary of BBMF, BBMF Merlin engines pause in operations, 77th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Commemoration and 'Dinner with George'.

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Unveiling 231

Most military aircraft have an ignominious end, rotting in a farmer’s back paddock, broken up and buried or, at best, sitting in an aircraft boneyard waiting to be cannibalised. Former RAAF Caribou A4-231 was fortunate to be purchased by the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum at Phillip Island and is on display to continue the story of this aircraft’s role in Air Force’s airlift capability.

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‘Meet-A-Mate’ – National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum

It was a ‘Boy’s Own’ day for Lachlan Davey who visited the National Vietnam Veterans’ Museum at Phillip Island with his grandpa Peter Colliver. Taking the controls of former 9SQN Huey A2-110, Lachlan was among 46 Association members and their guests visiting the museum as part of the Division’s ‘Meet-a-Mate’ Program held on August 22nd.

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75 Years Aloft

In this comprehensive, thoroughly researched book Matthew Glozier describes the remarkable 75 year history of the Air Training Corps (ATC) and Australian Air Force Cadets (AAFC) and pays tribute to the over 150,000 cadets and staff whose lives the organisation has positively influenced.

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