COMBAT SUPPORT UNIT 14 SUCCESS
2 February 2016
Less than halfway through their deployment, a number of personnel from Combat Support Unit 14 (CSU-14) have been recognised and rewarded with a Challenge coin for their hard work and professionalism by their United States Air Force (USAF) counterparts.
Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Gregory Chance, an Airfield Defence Guard, was the first CSU-14 member to receive a "Warrior of the Week" award.
LAC Chance was directly involved in multiple emergency scenarios where his quick thinking and decisiveness ensured the situations did not escalate.
Working at the Vehicle Search Area (VSA), tasked with inspecting over 150 vehicles daily, LAC Chance discovered 16 items of contraband, ranging from weapons to drugs.
"Searching vehicles entering the base is an extremely important role," LAC Chance said.
"We prevent the exposure of any unauthorised items onto the base, which is important in keeping in line with host nation's laws and directly contributes to the safety of all our personnel."
Showing extreme professionalism and calmness under pressure, LAC Chance responded to a medical emergency when a USAF member pressed the distress button on her personal radio.
LAC Chance arrived quickly on the scene and took charge in helping to administer first aid to the member.
In typical Aussie fashion, LAC Chance is hesitant to take credit for his efforts, instead giving credit to others involved.
"I assisted with first aid until further help arrived," he said.
"Senior Airman Jones and Senior Airman Quintana deserve most of the credit as they arrived before me and did most of the work."
LAC Golden Gepp was recognised by his USAF supervisors, after meticulously screening over 3,400 other-country nationals and 1,700 vehicles entering the US and Australian operational areas, contributing to the protection of thousands of multinational personnel.
LAC Jeremy Anderson was awarded 'Warrior of the Week' for his overall performance and high standards for refuelling coalition aircraft with over 1.29 million gallons of fuel in a single month.
LAC Christopher Smith was the most recent CSU-14 member to receive an award for his work in the USAF training cell in support of the USAF and Australian security forces integration.
During his time, LAC Smith demonstrated an exceptional level of dedication towards his training responsibilities and was instrumental in the development of an Australian security integration training package which further enhanced the USAF and Australian armed capability.
Squadron Leader Darren Prior, Detachment Commander for CSU-14 spoke of his pride of his people and the achievements they have made in contributing to enhanced relationships with Coalition nations.
"I'm extremely fortunate to have been given the opportunity to lead such a highly skilled and motivated team working in support of the Air Task Group in the Middle East," he said.
"Although these members where personally recognised, there are many more individuals and teams in the Combat Support Unit that are doing exceptional work and continually rise above and beyond their expected duties.
"They all bring credit upon the Royal Australian Air Force and continue to bolster our strong relationship with one of our Coalition partners."
Combat Support Unit 14 is part of Operation ACCORDION, the Joint Task Force that provides the command and sustainment functions for the Australian Defence Force’s operations in the Middle East Region.
Combat Support Unit provides sustained, integrated airbase and operational support to ongoing and contingency Australian Defence Force and Coalition Forces at specified locations within the Middle East Region.
This includes supporting the Operation OKRA Air Task Group in the Middle East Region.