have a spell
No. 36 Squadron Stallion on the tarmac in the Middle East.
Joint Task Force Commander BRIG Peter Hutchinson farewells
CO Air Task Group WGCDR Reece Polmear and congratulates
the C-130H Detachment for its outstanding contribution.
distinctive camouflaged colours of the two C-130H aircraft maintaining
vital logistic and transport support for all Australian forces
deployed in the Middle East is now absent from Iraq’s skies.
The No. 36 Squadron workhorses have been replaced by C-130Js,
giving the Stallions their first break from the MEAO since February
The Air Lift Group Commander, Air Commodore Greg Evans, said 36SQN
would have “a spell” then its technicians and aircrew would be
trained on a simulator being modified to reflect the new C-130H
flight deck configuration.
The Commander of the Air Task Group, Wing Commander Reece Polmear,
said the achievements of 36SQN’s C-130Hs and crews during Operations
Bastille, Falconer, Slipper and Catalyst were remarkable.
“Our two C-130s represent only about 3 per cent of the total coalition
C-130 presence in the MEAO, but in that great Australian tradition
of punching above our weight we’ve hauled about 6 per cent of
all intra-theatre C-130 cargo,” WGCDR Polmear said.
Most of the Stallions’ work was in support of the deployed Australian
forces but the crews were often involved in moving stores, equipment
and personnel for other coalition members.
During their deployment, 36SQN flew about 2100 sorties with more
than 3500 flying hours in some of the most difficult and dangerous
flying conditions in the world today.
WGCDR Polmear said although the two aircraft and their crews were
the focus of the detachment, the personnel involved in keeping
them flying safely were the unsung heroes.
“Everyone from ground crews, mechanics, planners and the many
other support staff involved in flying operations and supporting
the detachment worked tirelessly to ensure we achieved our assigned
missions. Their efforts are a tribute to the skills, values and
ethos of the Air Force and ADF.”