General (Retd) David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, presented the Queen’s Squadron Standard to the Royal Australian Air Force’s No. 86 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley yesterday.
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Officer Commanding 86 Wing Group Captain Steven Pesce said a Squadron Standard was a ceremonial flag of honour awarded for 25 years of service by operational, combat support, intelligence or battlespace-control squadrons and units.
“86 Wing was first formed in 1945 to undertake ground-attack missions in the South West Pacific and, during this campaign, was awarded battle honours,” Group Captain Pesce said.
“Since then, I am proud to say, through conflicts, alliances, aircraft variations and capability upgrades the men and women of 86 Wing have continued to excel and uphold the traditions and values of the Air Force.”
Approximately 100 personnel from No. 33, 34 and 36 Squadrons participated in yesterday’s ceremonial parade under a flypast by C-17A Globemaster III transport aircraft.
RAAF Base Amberley Base Warrant Officer Korey McGregor said the different ceremonial flags, generically termed ‘Colours’, of the Australian Defence Force held a revered position.
“Colours are a tangible recognition of the services’ devotion to duty, the Sovereign, and to Australia and can take years to make,” Warrant Officer McGregor said.
“The edges are bordered with two bands of gold lace and floral emblems of each Australian State and Territory.
“Colours are the embodiment of service traditions, achievements and history.”
Today, No. 86 Wing is responsible for managing the Air Force’s strategic airlift, air-to-air refuelling, and special-purpose aircraft.