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New mustering of airfield defence guard introduced into RAAF



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MINISTERIAL PRESS RELEASE

COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY

26th SEPTEMBER, 1965. -SUNDAY

RAAF PR S3925/65

STATEMENT BY THE HONOURABLE PETER HOWSON. MP. MINISTER FOR AIR

NEW MUSTERING OF AIRFIELD DEFENCE GUARD INTRODUCED INTO RAAF

To guard against the threat of sabotage, or attack by individual

enemy regulars, partisons or guerillas, the RAAF has introduced a new mustering

of Airfield Defence Guard.

The Minister for Air, Mr Peter Howson said today that the role of

the airfield defence guard would be the defence of aircraft, operational equip­

ment facilities and personnel in South East Asia against these forms of attack.

A detachment of the new mustering when trained would be assigned to

the RAAF Contingent, Ubon and to the RAAF Caribou transport flight in South

Vietnam.

Mr Howson said that the RAAF needed a force of trained guard personnel

in existence in time of peace.

The airfield defence guard would be used at overseas units and in

Australia to augment existing RAAF ground defence arrangements, thereby reliev­

ing some skilled manpower from this task. -

' ■ Airfield defence guards on enlistment would

complete a normal recruit course of 10 weeks at the Recruit Training Unit at

Edinburgh, SA followed by a special course of 12 weeks training in military

skills at the Ground Defence Training Squadron, No 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF Base,

Amberley, Queensland. .

After receiving his basic training the airman

would, in addition to carrying out pradtical defence duties, undergo annual

continuation training designed to fit him for immediate deployment to an oper­

ational theatre in an emergency. This would include weapon training, exercises

in minor tactics, participation in RAAF-Army exercises at all levels and in RAAF

mobility exercises. In addition, centralised training to maintain his military

proficiency would be given annually.

Within the broad service organisation, the new

mustering would be organised in airfield defence flights, consisting of a number

of sections suitable to the location. The duties of the airfield defence guard

would require a greater degree of self-support than with some other Air Force

musterings. Consequently, the section and flight organisation would parallel

that adopted for military purposes. This organisation would apply whether the

flights were overseas or in Australia.

Planning for the training of the new mustering

would be undertaken immediately.

It was expected that each 12-week course of training would

consist of a minimum of 25 trainees. A number of courses would be held through­

out the year. (Enquiries; Working Hours 652321-22-23 After Hours 91684)