Monthly Archives: March 2022

Air Force Centenary Memorial dedication

Air Force Principal Air Chaplain, Chaplain Mark Willis, addresses the audience during the Air Force Centenary Memorial dedication. Photo: Corporal Kieren Whiteley

The Royal Australian Air Force Centenary program has concluded with a commemorative dedication of a new memorial at RAAF Base Point Cook, Victoria, accompanied by a spectacular aerial display from the Roulettes.

Soldier proud to help home town during floods

Corporal Charlie Morris and his sister Georgie Morris at the Rivers Secondary College in Lismore during Operation Flood Assist. Photo: Corporal Jonathan Goedhart

Corporal Charlie Morris, an infantry soldier from 7th Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment in Adelaide, has returned to his home town of Lismore as part of Operation Flood Assist. 
 
Born and schooled in Lismore, Corporal Morris grew up in the neighbouring town of Caniaba with his four sisters.  
 
Enlisting in the Army in 2014, Corporal Morris didn’t envisage returning almost eight years later to help the community recover from devastating floods. 
 
“It is very personal and rewarding for me and I felt like it was my duty to come back to Lismore and contribute to the enormous recovery effort,” Corporal Morris said.
 
“We have felt nothing but warm welcomes and the town has been so supportive of us being here.
 
“I am very proud to be able to come back home to Lismore to help the community that I grew up in, and I hope Lismore gets back on its feet as fast as it can and gets back to the town that I know and love.” 
 
His sister, Georgie Morris, a math’s teacher at Lismore High School, spoke of how proud she was of her big brother returning to their home town to help with the clean-up. 
 
“My sisters and I are super proud of Charlie joining the Army,” Ms Morris said. 
 
“We are so appreciative of the ADF coming to our town to provide support. Every time I’ve seen an ADF person in town they are always smiling, always offering help and asking how we are going.” 
 
More than 3000 ADF personnel are still deployed in northern NSW on Operation Flood Assist.

Air-to-air refuelling success

A Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon from No. 11 Squadron prepares to be refuelled by a United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker during a training mission near the Philippine Sea. Photo: Airman 1st Class Kaitlyn Preston

Maintaining the capability edge, Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft and crews from No. 11 Squadron forward-deployed to RAAF Base Darwin to complete a series of air-to-air refuelling training missions in partnership with United States Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker mission crew late last year.