Anthony Bernardo with his wife, Alicia, and children
Joshua, Ryan and Abby after the presentation of the
AVM Dietz Memorial Medallion (military).
into the COs Office, Flight Sergeant Anthony Bernardo
thought he was in trouble. My first reaction was,
Oh great! What have I done? he laughed.
No one would tell me anything so I thought I must
have got a speeding fine when I borrowed the work car.
Much to his surprise, the CO actually wanted to congratulate
him on being awarded the Air Vice-Marshal Tony Dietz Memorial
Achievement Medallion for his service in logistics support
of technical equipment.
Joining the Air Force in 1981 as an aircraft apprentice,
FSGT Bernardo received the award for his service as Aircraft
Structural Integrity Coordinator at the Maritime Patrol
Systems Program Office, RAAF Base Edinburgh. In addition
to his outstanding productivity, he has dramatically improved
the management of tasks and information, and is considered
a driving force behind the engineering support to structural
integrity of the P3-C .
His Air Force career has included three postings to Edinburgh,
one of which earned him an individual commendation for service
at the Aircraft Research and Development unit in 1989.
A father of three, FSGT Bernardo said the highlights of
his career had been winning the award, receiving his commendation,
and going for a flight in an F/A-18 Hornet at Williamtown
which he admitted was quite a hard one to beat. Ive
had such a great time, he said. Winning this
award has been excellent and I feel very proud.
AVM Dietz Memorial Medallion (civilian)::
AIRMSHL Angus Houston presents Joseph Vlcek with the
AVM Dietz Memorial Medallion (civilian).
24 years as an Avionics Technician, and three postings to
RAAF Base Williamtown, Joseph Vlcek should know a little
about Hornets and the Air Force. He received the
Air Vice-Marshal Tony Dietz Memorial Quality and Achievement
Medallion for service as a Defence civilian at the Hornet
Logistics Management Unit, Williamtown.
Mr Vlcek, who retired from the Air Force in 2000, said he
still gets to use his Air Force experience daily and keeps
in regular contact with friends working at Air Force sections
He has earned the respect and appreciation of his co-workers
through his technical proficiency, dedication, and significant
productivity while implementing changes required by the
Hornet upgrade program. I was very surprised to receive
the award, but proud as well, he said. I would
like to think that the experience I gained in my Air Force
career is of benefit to the unit, but I believe most of
the credit should go to the staff who I work with, for without
them and their dedication we would not have achieved our
Leadership Award:: FLGOFF Cocker
Brett Green congratulates FLGOFF Matthew Cocker after
his receipt of the Australian Defence Industries Leadership
a career in the Air Force was the right decision for Flying
Officer Matthew Cocker. A civilian police officer of 12
years, FLGOFF Cocker saw the change to Air Force as a natural
progression, providing the opportunity for his wife and
four children to see Australia while doing a job he thoroughly
FLGOFF Cockers display of professionalism, leadership,
and dedication on his initial officer training course last
year made him an outstanding role model among his peers
and earned him the course Leadership and Military Qualities
award. With no other student of Officer Training School
assessed higher in leadership ability in 2002, FLGOFF Cocker
was awarded the ADI Leadership Sword and Queens Gold
Based at Headquarters Northern Command Darwin, FLGOFF Cocker
is happy doing any job, but looks forward to serving as
a base security officer. He said he was proud, but surprised
to receive the award.
Winning this award was an outstanding feeling, and
something I never expected, he said. I have
the utmost respect for everyone who went through my course,
and all the other courses, as I know that they had high
quality personal attributes and dedication to their new
Family Bursary:: CPL Lee
Jillian Lee, the recipient of the Lipshut family Bursary,
is congratulated by her fiance, LAC Ben Dempster,
and her mother, Rita Lee.
counsellor Corporal Jillian Lee is dedicated to helping
the community and her career.
towards a commission as an administration officer, CPL Lees
schedule involves juggling her service career with university
study and volunteer social work. A clerk supply at No. 1
Combat Communications Squadron, Richmond, she has been awarded
the Lipshut Family Bursary, a scholarship offered to airmen
or airwomen undertaking a degree with the view of obtaining
CPL Lee describes her volunteer work with Lifeline as rewarding,
as it enables her to put her study into practice, while
also helping people in need. Youre mainly there
to listen to their problems, she said. You do
generate options and solutions for them, but usually they
just need someone to talk to.
In applying for the bursary, CPL Lee has demonstrated her
ambition and determination to become an officer, while displaying
effective organisation skills. With demanding work and study
commitments, the bursary will allow her to complete the
remainder of her Bachelor of Social Science degree full
time with financial support from next year.
She paid special thanks to her fiancé, Leading Aircraftman
Ben Dempster, for providing full support and encouragement
throughout her studies.
Its so great to have all your hard work recognised
and rewarded, she said.
Air Force Association Trophy:: 26SQN
of 26SQN are elated at claiming the Air Force Association
Trophy for the second year in a row. Pictured with
them is Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of
Defence Fran Bailey, who presented the awards on the
26 (City of Newcastle) Squadron has been awarded the Air
Force Association Trophy for the best reserve squadron for
the second year running.
One of 10 reserve squadrons around Australia, 26SQN has
retained the trophy through continued personnel support
of the PAF and its operational tasks. With more than 80
per cent of its personnel trained and fit for deployment
in 2002, the squadron provided support to many RAAF Base
Williamtown units throughout the year, as well as Op Bali
26SQN members trained a number of PAF members on courses
and the squadron was actively involved in the Reserve Forces
Day in Newcastle. Members also participated in a fundraising
charity walk from Sydney to Newcastle.
Squadron Leader Paul Burnham, Commanding Officer 26SQN,
said every squadron member was delighted to see the trophy
awarded for the second time in two years. He acknowledged
the outstanding leadership provided by the then CO, Squadron
Leader Linda New, and the XO, Squadron Leader Trevor Alley.
As an incoming CO, the award of this trophy makes
me even more aware of the high levels of performance shown
by the personnel that make up this very professional unit,
Siddeley Trophy:: 323CSS
members proudly display the Hawker Siddeley Trophy.
They are joined by Peter Lindsay MP and Heather Krause,
wife of Base Commander WGCDR Glendan Krause.
might be small compared to other Air Force bases, but RAAF
Base Townsville has made a big impression in 2002.
Awarded the Hawker Siddeley Trophy for the base of the year,
No. 323 Combat Support Squadron at RAAF Base Townsville
was recognised for its strong support of ADF and international
In 2002, 323CSS provided combat support to Op Bel Isi in
Bougainville, Exercise Swift Eagle and No. 5/7 Royal Australian
Regiments deployment to East Timor, with a number
of squadron members deploying to operations in Papua New
Guinea, East Timor, Butterworth and the United States.
The squadron earned accolades for its innovative maintenance
solutions on fire trucks, benefiting the entire Air Force
fleet, and opened several new complexes, including new Ordnance
Loading Areas, which were used for the first time with the
Hawk aircraft during Exercise High Sierra.
Wing Commander Glendan Krause, Commanding Officer 323CSS
and Townsville Base Commander, accepted the award on behalf
of the squadron and RAAF Base Townsville.
While the trophy is awarded to 323CSS as the unit
that manages and coordinates base activities, the achievements
of all units on base are being recognised, he said.
The outstanding efforts of a great many people, military
and civilian, in all the units on the base have led to this
representatives celebrate after receiving the Markowski
Cup for being the most proficient unit in the Air
Force in 2002.
the challenges of an operationally intense year, No. 1 Air
Terminal Squadron has been awarded the Markowski Cup for
the best unit.
With the reformation of the air movements sections at RAAF
Bases Richmond, Williamtown, Amberley, Townsville, Darwin,
Pearce and Tindal in 1999, in its short but proud history
the squadron has been involved in a number of ADF operations.
In 2002, 1ATS supported Ops Slipper, Relex, Cranberry, Bel
Isi, Tanager and Citadel. During Op Bali Assist, squadron
personnel provided 24-hour air terminal support to Air Lift
Group operations, resulting in a number of commendations.
The Pearce detachment was awarded the City Swan Award for
the most proficient team at RAAF Base Pearce.
1ATS also established an air terminal support standardisation
process, providing a significant increase in proficiency
and standards for fixed base and deployed operations roles.
The outstanding achievements of all 1ATS personnel
have been recognised by this award, said Commanding
Officer Squadron Leader Peter Noake. While the spotlight
normally focuses on personnel who deploy overseas on operations,
I would like to pay special note to all the squadron personnel
who kept the air terminals running back in Australia. They
really had it tough at times to keep normal day to day operations
running at home.
Maintenance Trophy:: 33SQN
representatives are delighted at their squadrons
success in winning the RAAF Maintenance Trophy for
the most proficient unit that undertakes technical
a mission success rate of more than 98 per cent on deployment,
No. 33 Squadron, RAAF Base Richmond, is the worthy winner
of the RAAF Maintenance Trophy for 2002.
The award recognises 33SQNs achievements in maintaining
the B707s while deployed on Op Slipper in the war against
terrorism. During the six-month deployment to Kyrgyzstan,
major servicing maintenance and modifications were completed
under demanding environmental conditions.
Earning a Meritorious Unit Citation for its involvement
in Op Slipper, 33SQN also participated in Op Guardian, providing
air-to-air refuelling support to the Commonwealth Heads
of Government meeting in Queensland.
Wing Commander Richard Lennon, Commanding Officer 33SQN,
accepted the award on behalf of the airmen and airwomen
who support the B707, describing their commitment as second
to none. Their personal sacrifices are many, while
tangible rewards are few; so it is fitting that their efforts
are recognised by the award of this prestigious trophy,
he said. Teamwork is essential to their mission, not
just in the area of operations but at Richmond as well.
Every man and woman in the flight can be equally proud of
their achievements and rest assured that their contribution
of Gloucester Cup:: 92WG
AIRMSHL Angus Houston congratulates members of 92WG
after presenting the Duke of Gloucester Cup for 2002.
92 Wing continues to live up to its reputation of silent
achievers, receiving the Duke of Gloucester Cup for
the best flying squadron of 2002. During a year in which
valuable resources were reduced significantly as a result
of the ongoing transition to the AP-3C, the wing met all
its operational tasking and exercise commitments. It also
established a benchmark flight safety program and provided
significant support to the local community and national
In accepting the award on behalf of 92WG, Officer Commanding
Group Captain Steve Martin said the award reflected the
wings unique operating framework to produce Air Forces
maritime patrol capability. He described 2002 as a very
busy year, with the wing operating at near maximum capacity.
To have chosen to nominate one specific squadron,
or team, within the wing for this prestigious award would
have meant ignoring the equally significant contributions
of the remaining elements. We operate a close-knit and professional
team and this year clearly reflects that fact, GPCAPT
Martin said. This award represents public acknowledgement
of our achievements and justifies our own view that 92WG
continues to lead the way.