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Special Operations in Australia

The Allied Intelligence Bureau (AIB) was a joint United States, Australian, Dutch and British intelligence and special operations agency during World War II. It was responsible for operating parties of spies and commandos behind Japanese lines in order to collect intelligence and conduct guerrilla warfare against Japanese forces in the South West Pacific. The AIB […]

Gap year leads to towering achievements

Hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Flight Lieutenant Paige Starwick is an accomplished air traffic controller working for the Australian Defence Force at Darwin International Airport. Presently studying a Bachelor of Economics degree, Flight Lieutenant Starwick is an approach (radar) controller and a keen devotee of the F45 fitness training regime. She’s also played AFL and touch […]

Seizing the opportunity for simulated success

Unaffected by the current COVID-19 restrictions, Exercise Virtual Pitch Black has successfully delivered complex training scenarios in the synthetic environment to maximise interoperability, efficiency and effectiveness for Air Force. Generated from the Air Warfare Centre’s – Distributed Training Centre (AWC-DTC) at RAAF Base Williamtown, training audiences from Amberley and Williamtown were virtually connected in the […]

Sharing skills and knowledge

Top end health nurse practitioner and Royal Australian Air Force reservist Flight Lieutenant Danny Metin is a long way from his Northern Territory home. He is supporting the Victorian Government as part of Operation COVID-19 Assist. As a rural nurse practitioner in Adelaide River, Northern Territory, Flight Lieutenant Metin, from No. 1 Expeditionary Health Squadron, […]

Age is no barrier

After a 19-year hiatus, Chief Petty Officer Tony Yarnold has re-joined the Royal Australian Navy as a reservist to provide support for Operation Covid-19 Assist. CPO Yarnold moved to the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, from Terrigal, NSW, after serving in the Navy for 25 years. He said the opportunity to re-join the Navy and support the […]

Trading uniforms for deployment

On an average day, Air Force Sergeant Carly Formosa patrols the northern suburbs of Adelaide as a constable with the South Australia Police. However, as a reservist, she has been deployed on Operation Accordion as an operations sergeant for the past six months. “I am employed in the Joint Operations Rooms in the Middle East as […]

A work of art for squadron break room

A life-size mural of a Belgian Shepherd Malinois and a German Shepherd bursting through a wall jumps at you when walking into No. 1 Security Forces Squadron Williamtown’s military working dog section. Military police Corporal Zarah Goldski designed the 2m-wide mural, which was painted on the break room wall in June. A graphic designer before enlisting, Corporal […]

ADF poised to increase support

Defence commitments to support state governments through Operation COVID-19 Assist have more than doubled in the past two weeks, rising to about 1700 personnel. Speaking at Russell Offices in Canberra today, Acting Commander Defence COVID-19 Taskforce Major General Paul Kenny said an additional 1000 personnel were ready to deploy to Victoria at the request of […]

1CSSB helps their territory

Soldiers from 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1CSSB) were scattered far and wide in support of the Northern Territory Government during Operation COVID-19 Assist. The Darwin-based battalion provided support to NT police at control points along Queensland, South Australian and Western Australian boarders. Lance Corporal Jayden Osborne was a section commander deployed to the NT/SA […]

Keeping the units connected

Soldiers deployed with Joint Task Unit Tiger are assisting NT Police and emergency services with a range of personnel and logistics support throughout the NT. Darwin-based 1st Combat Signal Regiment communications specialists Signaller Joshua Kindred and Signaller Adelaide Brown were called up to deploy as part of the team. Signaller Kindred said they provided communications […]

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