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“In addition, Defence’s Strategic
Reform Program (SRP) means that
everyone is driven to find more
efficient ways of doing business.”
During the review process,
members of the CSG restructure
team visited RAAF Bases Australia-
wide and talked to personnel
ranging from Commanding
Officers to members working at the
“Air Force needs the number of
people that they have got, it’s just
that they haven’t got them all in
the right positions at the moment,”
WGCDR Wardle said.
“ There will be a long term process
of retraining, moving and changing
the people that are currently in the
system where there’s not a match.”
As part of the changes, No 23
(City of Brisbane) Squadron will
amalgamate with elements from
the 382 Expeditionary Combat
Support Squadron, and will assume
the responsibility for managing
the airfield and supporting airbase
Further transfers of personnel to 23
Squadron will occur early 2011, and
382 Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron will focus solely on the
Responsible for the delivery of all
fixed Base military combat support
as well as supplying Air Base support
away, CSG is the largest Force
Element Group (FEG) in the Air Force.
Air Force is implementing changes
in air base operations from July
following an extensive review by
RAAF Base Amberley headquartered
Combat Support Group (CSG).
Changes recommended in the
review include the amalgamation of
the CSG units that deliver Air Base
support functions with the 20, or
City, series Squadrons.
CSG Restructure Team Coordinator,
WGCDR Scott Wardle said the
restructure was set up to find
a more efficient way for CSG to
support both current and emerging
capability requirements of the RAAF
over the next decade.
“ There are a lot of platform
changes coming that will need some
sort of variation to the Combat
Support services that are required
from CSG,” WGCDR Wardle said.
Review signals changes at
Combat Support Group
New commander for
re-roled No 23 Squadron
WGCDR Wells said the changes
effectively move the responsibility
for all fixed Base support to the
re-rolled 23SQN leaving 382
Expeditionary Combat Support
Squadron (ECSS) to focus on its
The changes, which came into effect
on July 1, stem from a restructure of
CSG, and the Force 2030 and Air Force
Training Group reviews.
“ The Force 2030 review, sponsored
by the Chief of Air Force (CAF),
integrates the full time and the
part-time (Reserve) components of
the ADF under a total force concept,”
WGCDR Wells said.
“Air Force has already a ‘one team’
approach with the Permanent Air
Force (PAF), the Reservists and the
Public Service working together in
an integrated structure.”
“By transferring Base management
operations into the City Series
Squadrons (eg 23SQN), this further
builds on these relationships as
well as preserving the identity and
history of the Squadrons,” WGCDR
RAAF Base Amberley’s Wing Commander Clive Wells is the new Commanding Officer of 23 Squadron, as
well as Air Base Executive Officer Amberley (ABXO-AMB) following a restructure of Combat Support Group
(CSG) and changes initiated by reviews of Air Force operations.
“ The restructured CSG will have a
consistent method for the delivery
of Combat Support. Irrespective
of location and the type of base, it
will remain same model around the
Refinements to the restructure,
affecting some crossover elements
such as Policing, MEOMS, and the
Fire-fighters, will be worked-out over
the next few weeks.
The responsibility for all Reservist
pay and administration will remain
Next January, the training element
of 23SQN will migrate to Air Force
Training Group and housed in new
facilities at Amberley where it will
provide training for the PAF and the
The Air Base Command Post and
the HQ 23SQN will relocate to the
former CSG HQ building, which is
currently under refurbishment.
Above: CSG Restructure Team Coordinator,
WGCDR Scott Wardle congratulates the
new Commanding Officer of 23SQN, and
Air Base Executive Officer Amberley (ABXO-
AMB), Wing Commander Clive Wells.
Rich history of service for No. 23 Squadron
Now back in full swing, No. 23
Squadron has a colourful history dating
back to 1937 where it was formed at
Relocated to Archerfield in 1940, the
squadron was moved again to RAAF
Amberley in 1942 and the following
year became a dive-bomber unit
when it was equipped with 18 Vultee
In 1944, during the Second World
War, all the aircraft were deployed to
Newton Strip in New Guinea, and just
15 days later lost two of these with crew
while attacking Japanese A/A position
at Hansa Bay before it was ordered back
to Australia in March that year.
In May 1945, during the final months
of the war, operational strikes were
carried out over Indonesia.
Making a total of 21 strikes against the
Japanese there were 255 operational and
131 non-operational hours, dropping 478
bombs and 74,00 rounds of ammunition
during their 27 days of action.
After the war, the squadron was
disbanded, but reformed a month
later at Archerfield as No. 23 Squadron
(Citizen Air Force) Fighter Squadron.
In 1955 it was equipped with Vampire
jet fighters, only to be replace with
Meteor aircraft in October 1956.
Flying duties were suspended in
February 1960 and the Squadron was
re-designated No.23 (City of Brisbane)
The new role was to proved support
to Amberley based flying units.
The dedicated effort by members
of No. 23 Squadron in carrying out
maintenance on operational aircraft,
during working weekend deployments
and exercises resulted in the Squadron
becoming an important component of
RAAF Amberley Aircraft Operations.
Until recently, the Squadron’s mission
was to provide trained and ready
RAAF reservists to contribute to ADF
Below: A Vultee Vengeance of 23SQN at
Lowood in 1942. The aircraft was assembled at
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