Parlsec Congratulates Royal Australian Air Force For 89 Years Of

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Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Wednesday, 31 March 2010


Parliamentary Secretary congratulates Royal Australian Air

Force for 89 years of service

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly AM MP

today congratulated the  Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) for 89 years of

service during a commemorative event at the RAAF Memorial Grove in


The RAAF has had a close link with the Canberra community since the RAAF

Station Canberra was established on 1 April 1941. It was later renamed RAAF

Base Fairbairn and is currently home to No. 34 Squadron. Canberra is also

home to Air Force headquarters.

“The anniversary is a time to reflect on the sacrifices and commitment of

RAAF personnel throughout its history and to recognise the vital contributions

Air Force is making to current ADF operations in Australia and around the

world,” Dr Kelly said.

The Air Force has a strong operational history, taking part in major conflicts of

the 20th

century including the Second World War, the Korean War and the

Vietnam War.

“Today, over 400 Air Force members are playing an important role on

operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Darfur, East Timor, Solomon Islands

and more recently Haiti and Fiji, as well as at home conducting border

protection duties in Australia’s maritime domain.”

“The RAAF is a proud member of the Canberra community.  These

anniversary celebrations are an important opportunity for the Air Force to

acknowledge the support received and partnerships formed during its time in

Canberra,” Dr Kelly said

Media contacts:

Elyse Gatt (Dr Mike Kelly):

02 6277 4840 or 0437 502 246

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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