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Army March 31, 2011
By AB Melanie Schinkel and
Flt-Lt Melody Earl
DEVELOPING super base RAAF
Base Edinburgh has hosted a family
day to officially welcome the sol-
diers of 7RAR, 1 Bde and support
element personnel to Adelaide.
Edinburgh's gates were opened to
all military and APS personnel, con-
tractors and their families for a day of
fun and activities on March 5.
Throughout the day both Army and
Air Force showcased their capabilities
and people through various demon-
strations including military working
dog and infantry battalion hardware
and vehicle displays.
Following in the footsteps of
RAAF Base Amberley, which incor-
porated about 400 9FSB soldiers in
early 2008 and 21 Const Regt early
this year, Edinburgh is the second
RAAF base to integrate Army units on
Attending the open day with his
wife Lauren, and daughter Charlotte,
Gnr Todd Scicluna from 1 Bde's
recently re-raised 102 Coral Bty said
he believed the Army would develop
a stronger relationship with the Air
Force in the future.
"Both services are new to this
close working relationship and have
a lot to learn from each other -- after
all, Army and Air Force have very dif-
ferent traits and habits," Gnr Scicluna
"It's a fantastic opportunity for
Army to integrate with Air Force and
the capability to deploy together on
short notice will be invaluable.
"We are all excited to be in
Adelaide and Edinburgh's personnel
have been very receptive of Army,
which has helped our transition from
the Northern Territory greatly."
The Commander of the Aerospace
Operational Support Group at RAAF
Base Edinburgh, Gp-Capt Christopher
Carruthers, said the event was sig-
nificant because it encouraged com-
munication and relationship building
between the Air Force, Army and
civilian personnel working at the base.
"The key is integration, not co-
habitation. Despite the disruptions
to traffic flow, power and water, the
recent development works and arrival
of 7RAR and 1 Bde are the best things
to happen to Edinburgh in 50 years,"
Gp-Capt Curruthers said.
"It was a very successful day.
Army's hardware was particularly
impressive to see and enthusiastically
demonstrated by its operators. Many
people queued to ride in the armoured
vehicle, which was a huge hit, and the
static aircraft, 92 Wing simulators,
equipment and weapon displays on
the flight line equally appealed to the
He said the first touch football
game between Edinburgh's Air Force
and Army personnel was also a high-
light on the day.
"Air Force prevailed on this occa-
sion but it was a very close match
played in high spirits."
The family day also provided
Edinburgh's community with a bet-
ter understanding of the significant
improvements being made around the
base including new mess facilities,
sports ovals and a gymnasium, medi-
cal centre and canteen.
Soldiers, familie s welcomed
Open for business: Gnr Todd Scicluna (above), 102 Coral
Bty, takes his daughter Charlotte and wife Lauren through
the displays at the Edinburgh family day. Cfn Andrew Sachs
(top right), 7RAR Workshop, shows his daughter Tahnee
through the armoured vehicle display. Pte Tim Daly (right),
7RAR, and his friend Donna join Air Force Sgt Andrea
Hateley, 11 Sqn, at the armoured vehicle display.
Photos by Cpl Glenn Power
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