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DSS COMMENDATION

Wellington Welfare facilitator Ms Sue Scott was surprised and thrilled to receive a Director Of Support Services (DSS) commenda- tion in December last year for her work setting up and supporting Wellington Air Staff’s school holidays programme. ‘I didn’t realise the work was being noticed so the commendation was a bit out of the blue,’ she says.

Ms Scott has been a Welfare facilitator since the establishment of the Facilitators position six years ago and still ‘loves’ the job. She is still hard at work on the holidays programme ensuring continues. A focus is securing a venue, which is likely to be in Trentham, opposite the camp. The programme she says is highly appreciated by parents and children alike. Her commendation, in part, says:

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Ms Scott has almost single- handedly ensured the success of the OPKIDZCARE school holiday programme. Excellent groundwork and planning from the start have ensured that support from government agencies has been forthcoming, making the programme financially viable. The employment and dedication of Ms Scott and her programme staff have ensured an enthusiastic response from parents and children alike, providing a quality childcare facility for not only RNZAF personnel, but also extended NZDF personnel.

WELFARE PROJECT THANKS

The RNZAF received help for two Christmas Welfare projects last year. Annually the Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association (RNZRSA) sends to Serviceperson’s deployed overseas on Christmas Day, a welfare parcel containing some common everyday New Zealand type items (minties, vegemite, marmite, gingernuts) and some Christmas theme items (a small Christmas cake).

The packages are made up by the RNZRSA and forwarded to the NZDF for delivery. The funding for this project is provided on a 50/50 basis between the Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association and the RNZAF Central Fund.

The second Christmas project, funded by the Royal New Zealand Air Force Association and the RNZAF Central Fund, is an acknowledge- ment to the primary next of kin of deployed RNZAF personnel that their wife, husband, spouse, partner, son or daughter will not be with them, at a time of the year that they normally would be because they are deployed overseas on New Zealand Defence Force duties.

This year this acknowledgement was in the form of a brief letter from the Chief of Air Force and enclosed with the letter some Whitcoulls book gift vouchers.

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HONEY I’VE SHAVED: Skinhead SQNLDR Adam Death sporting his ‘new look’.

CLOSE SHAVE

Wellington Air Staff’s SQNLDR Adam Death was out for a healthy pre-Christmas lunchtime walk when he wandered past the Child Cancer charity hair shaving in nearby Midland Park and thought to himself ‘I need a haircut so why not’. He raced back to the office, organised sponsorship and went back out and got his hair shaved off, bald eagle style.

But it was all in a good cause - he raised over $400.00 for child cancer. Ironically, he didn’t tell his wife, who was ‘surprised’ when he got home!

CHIEF’S CONTRACTS

The Chief of Defence Force and Chiefs of the Army and Air Force have had their contracts briefly extended until 30 April.

Planning commenced in November 2005 to find replacements for the Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson, the Chief of Army, Major General Jerry Mateparae, and the Chief of Air Force, Air Vice Marshal John Hamilton. All three contracts were due to expire in February.

‘The short extension will assist with managing the transition process as well as providing more time to complete a thorough selection and appointment process,’ Defence Minister Phil Goff said.

MARITIME HISTORY EXHIBITION OPENS

With this month’s focus on the Air Force’s maritime activities – No.5 Squadron’s ice flight and No.6 Squadron’s parade next month – some reader’s appetites may have been whetted for more information on our maritime history. It is appropriate then that the Ohakea branch of the Air Force Museum has a special exhibition on the Air Force’s maritime tradition featuring photos, essays and artefacts from Seaplanes to our current Orion fleet. It’s well worth a look if you’re passing Base Ohakea on State Highway 1.

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