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Senior RAAF appointments



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THURSDAY. JANUARY 18, 1979. NO. 7/79

SENIOR RAAF APPOINTMENTS

Air Vice Marshal Frederick William Barnes,

Air Officer Commanding Support Command, is to become

Deputy Chief of the Air Staff on March 12, 1979.

Announcing this today, the Minister for Defence,

Mr D.J. Killen, said that the posting followed the promotion

and appointment of Air Vice Marshal Neville Patrick McNamara as

Chief of the Air Staff. AVM McNamara would replace

Air Marshal Sir James Rowland, who retires as Chief of the

Air Staff oh March 20.

Mr Killen also stated that Air Commodore

Raymond Edward Trebilco, at present Director-General of

Operational Requirements, Air Force Office, Canberra,

would replace Air Vice Marshal Barnes as AOC Support Command

and would be promoted to the acting rank of air vice marshal.

Biographical Details:

Air Vice Marshal Barnes, 54, was born in Melbourne

and joined the RAAF in 1943. He completed a tour as a

fighter pilot with No. 77 Squadron in the Pacific

during World War 2, then went to Japan with the squadron after

the war, returning to Australia in 1949 for duty as a

flying instructor. He rejoined No. 77 Squadron in 1950

and served in Japan and Korea.

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Since then AVM Barnes has had a distinguished

career as a fighter pilot and administrator. Flying duties have

included exchange duty with the United States Air Force,

and commanding officer of Sabre and Mirage squadrons.

Administrative duties have included Air Attache, Paris

(1966-68), RAAF Air Staff Officer, Butterworth, Malaysia,

(1968-71); Director-General of Personnel, Air Force Office,

Canberra (1973-75); and Officer Commanding RAAF Williamtown,

NSW (1976). He was appointed Air Officer Commanding Support

Command in January, 1977.

Air Commodore Trebilco joined the RAAF in 1945

and, after serving as a linguist in Japan, completed pilot

training in Australia. He then went to Korea where he

completed two tours of operations with No. 77 Squadron.

Since then Air Commodore Trebilco has had several

flying postings, including duty at Air Trials Unit, Woomera,

SA; Commanding Officer No. 77 Squadron; and Commanding

Officer No. 2 Operational Conversion Unit, Williamtown, NSW.

Administrative duties have included service with

the Australian Air Attache's Office in Washington, Australian

Services Attache in Tokyo and Officer Commanding, RAAF,

Air Base Butterworth, Malaysia.

He is a graduate of the RAAF Staff College, the

United States Armed Forces Staff College^, and the Royal

College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.

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