No. 3 Security Forces Squadron shared a proud milestone with the Commander of Combat Support Group, Air Commodore David Paddison, when it celebrated its 20th year of service to Air Force at RAAF Base Edinburgh, South Australia.
CAPTION: Combat Support Group’s Commander, Air Commodore David Paddison, CSC and No. 3 Security Forces Squadron’s most junior member, Aircraftman Aidan Tocci, cut the cake to celebrate the squadron’s 20th birthday. Story by Leading Aircraftwoman Jasna McFeeters. Photo by Corporal Brenton Kwaterski.
The unit was established as No.3 Airfield Defence Squadron, together with its distinctive scorpion emblem and motto ‘Resolute in Defence’. In 2013, as a result of an organisational review and restructure, the unit was renamed to No.3 Security Forces Squadron.
The unit now has more than 340 permanent and reserve members, predominantly from the Airfield Defence Guard and Air Force Security musterings.
The Commanding Officer of No. 3 Security Forces Squadron, Wing Commander Ben Davies, said he was honoured to have such a vibrant and skilled workforce under his command.
“It is a real privilege to be part of this special birthday, celebrating the achievements of these remarkable men and women, whose extraordinary efforts have helped shape the excellent unit culture we all enjoy and a 3SECFOR reputation that is second to none,” Wing Commander Davies said.
Among the squadron’s members is Aircraftwoman Amelia Terare, who recently demonstrated the precision, speed and tactical mastery to pass the tough Advanced Pistol Course.
“When I finished my initial employment training, I asked to be posted to 3SECFOR,” Aircraftwoman Terare said.
“The squadron has a great reputation and offers a lot of opportunities for training and overseas travel in support of operations and exercises.”
Wing Commander Davies said he was confident the squadron would “continue to excel at what it does, securing Air and Space Power, while developing and looking after our people”.
“Our members have acquitted themselves admirably across everything they have been asked to do, demonstrating the capability and value that Security Forces bring to Air Force and the joint force,” he said.