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 AFHQ Unit holds Quarterly Parade

By Col J.D. van der Westhuizen (DCSS) Photos by WO2 Christo Crous (DCSS)

The Quarterly Air Force Headquarters Unit’s parade was held at Swartkop Air field `on 29 May 2008. Approximately 540 members were on parade, whereas CAF officiated as the main functionary. Numerous members of the Air Force Command Council and the Air Command Council also attended the ceremony.

Under the watchful eyes of the parade commander, Brig Gen Les Lombard, CAF addressed the parade as an exhibit of discipline and military etiquette for future parades.

He also emphasised a zero tolerance attitude towards the misuse of State property as it pertains to the use of telephones for private gain. “This is a big problem and a definite no to all SAAF members”, he added. Roll Call books and general errors made by members when completing these documents are also a concern to the Chief, as these are auditable documents. If completed incorrectly, corrective measures afterwards lead to embarrassment to the organisation.
Lt Gen Gagiano re-emphasised the importance of adhering to the correct procedures when performing roll calls during such parades.

During the event, CAF also handed out certificates to sports achievers following the Air Force Headquarters Unit Family Day held at the AF Gym on Friday,
23 May 2008. The sport events included a 5 and 10 km walk respectively, as well as soccer, netball, a rugby match, badminton, and chess “championship”.

The other highlight of this day was a potjiekos competition with judges and all, to whom the laurels went to DSS (Directorate Supply Support), with DTSS and DHRS ending up short on their heels.

In his address, CAF elaborated on the importance of correct drill procedures coupled to firm and proud military postures, especially where it concerned female members on parade.

Lt Gen Gagiano also utilised the opportunity to congratulate the outgoing Chief Director Force Preparation, Maj Gen Des Barker on the achievement of 40 years of uninterrupted service to the SAAF (also see individual article on the intranet in this regard), whilst he also bade him a good and well deserved retirement on his last day of service in the SAAF. Maj Gen Barker is due to retire from service at the end of May 2008.

From all the members of the Air Force too, we wish Maj Gen Barker the very best, also expressing our sincerest of thanks and appreciation for all his effort and dedicated support to our organisation over all these years. Our best wishes accompany him and his wife Bennie.

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