Air Task Group personnel enjoy Christmas Day


Air Task Group personnel enjoy Christmas Day (1.4 mins)

Members of the Air Task Group pause from their busy workload to celebrate Christmas Day 2016 with a Bar B Que breakfast served to fellow members and coalition partners at the base Dining Facility and participate in distribution of care packages by Santa Claus who stopped off at Australia's main operating air base en route to visit children in Australia. The ATG, Task Group 630 of Operation Okra, is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER). The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit. The ATG is directly supported by elements of Operation ACCORDION including the Theatre Communications Group, Air Mobility Task Group, and the Combat Support Unit, whose mission is to provide airbase and aviation operational support to sustain air operations in the MER. There are up to 350 personnel deployed, at any one time, as part of, or in direct support of the ATG.

Publish Date 25 Dec 2016
Tags V20160678
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