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 Change of Command Parade 22 Squadron

Article by Lt J. van Schlakwyk

On Friday, 15 February 2008 at 10:00, 22 Squadron (AFB YPLT) held the Change of Command Parade where Lt Col M.L. Carstens ceremoniously handed over command to Lt Col W.J. van Aswegen.

Lt Col Carstens was born on 27 July 1949 in Brooklyn, Cape Town and matriculated in 1966 at Zwaanswyk High School. He joined the SAAF in 1967 as an Air Photographer and in 1970 went for pilot training at Langebaanweg where he received
his wings in July 1972. During his flying career he flew the Impala, Cessna 185, Harvard, Allouette III, Puma, BK117 and Oryx. In his career he has been awarded the Air Force Cross, Pro Patria, General Service, Unitas, 10, 20 and 30 year Good Service medals. He is married to Lorraine and has two children, Corne and Dewald.

22 Sqn operates the Oryx and Super Lynx hrlicopters in a maritime and landward role. The Sqn renders conventional military support to the Army, Navy and Special Forces and the following functions fall within its scope of their operations:

Mountain rescue
Air-Sea rescue
Ship-borne helicopter support to the SA Navy and Hydrographer
Heli Arial Fire Fighting
Crime prevention
Support to SA National Antarctic Programme
Flood relief and similar humanitarian roles

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