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The plaque is dedicated to former and serving personnel of the Equipment Branch since its formation in November 1920. 

Air Force logisticians, past and present, were honoured with a plaque at the Air Force Memorial in the Chief of Air Force Memorial Gardens, RAAF Base Point Cook, late last year.

Then Director General Logistics – Air Force Air Commodore Grant Pinder unveiled the plaque to recognise the role of the Air Force Equipment Branch, since its formation in November 1920.

Members of Logistics Branch – Air Force, No. 21 Squadron, and No. 100 Squadron were joined by retired members of the Air Force Equipment Branch to observe the unveiling and consecration of the plaque.

Speaking at the unveiling, Air Commodore Pinder said it represented more than just the Air Force Equipment Branch.

“This plaque is dedicated to all who have served, and are serving, in the various trades, musterings, branches, categories and specialisations that have rendered distinguished service as members of the Royal Australian Air Force,” Air Commodore Pinder said. “It also serves to acknowledge those who have family and friends that have served, as well as those members who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of our nation.”

The plaque will serve as a lasting memento to recognise all former serving equipment, catering, messing, motor transport, movements, stores accounting, supply and current logistics employment group personnel since the formation of the equipment branch more than 100 years ago. 

The current Air Force Logistics Employment Group (formerly Equipment Branch) comprises about 1528 aviators enabling air and space power across the logistics specialisation, and catering, movements and supply musterings.

Air Commodore Pinder concluded the service by addressing the past members of the Equipment Branch. “It is upon the foundations you built, that the Logistics Employment Group stands as we continue your legacy on the journey through this next 100 years of logistics operations in the Royal Australian Air Force,” he said. “Our future is shaped by our past. For 101 years ‘equipos’ – now Logistics Employment Group personnel – have played, and will continue to play, an important role in enabling air and space power: Then, Now, Always.”
Australian Government of Defence
By Squadron Leader Thomas Paff
16 February 2022.

 

 

 

Location

Address:Point Cook Road , Memorial Gardens, RAAF Base Williams, Point Cook, 3030
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.930325
Long: 144.745218
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Federal
Actual Event Start Date:09-November-1920

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 9th November, 2021
Front Inscription
ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE
EQUIPMENT BRANCH
This Plaque Is Dedicated To Current And Former Serving Equipment, Catering, Messing, Motor Transport, Movements, Stores Accounting, Supply And Logistics Employment Group Personnel Since The Formation Of The Branch On The 9th November 1920.

On The 7th April 1920, Lieutenant Colonel Richard Williams, DSO, MBE (Later Father Of The RAAF) Put Forward Three Names As Proposed Equipment Officers, These Officers, Captain Percival McBain, MBE, Lieutenant Charles Harmon, MSM And Lieutenant Hector Johnston, Went On To Form The Original Members Of The Air Force Equipment Branch. 

On The 9th November 1920, The Regulation For The Air Council And Air Board Were Promulgated Officially Inscribing Squadron Leader McBain As Director Of Equipment.

On The 31st March 1921, On The Formation Of The Air Force, There Were 21 Officers And 130 Other Ranks Including Quartermasters Squadron Leader McBain And Flying Officers Charles Harmon, Hector Johnston And John Rogers, MSM. 

This Plaque Was Unveiled By Director General Logistics - Air Force, Air Commodore Grant Pinder On The 9th November 2021 As Part Of The Air Force`s Centenary Commemorations. 



 
Source: MA
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