Combat Support Group
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Combat Support Group

The Royal Australian Air Force's Combat Support Group (CSG) is the largest Force Element Group, comprising approximately 3000 personnel located around Australia and overseas. Its primary expeditionary focus is on establishing, operating and maintaining aircraft support services on forward operating bases, including bare bases in Australia’s north, and in remote areas within Australia’s area of strategic interest. The group is also responsible for providing the ongoing command and management of Air Force bases across Australia.

CSG’s main function is to provide the Air Force with vital services such as:

  • airfield communications and navigational aids
  • airfield engineering
  • aircraft loading and unloading
  • airfield rescue and fire services
  • airfield and aircraft security
  • health support and aero-medical evacuation crews
  • catering

CSG's key capability is its ability is to take any combination of services from a fixed base and tailor an expeditionary package designed to meet the needs of a specific mission. To simplify planning, the Combat Support Coordination Centre (CSCC) was formed as the coordination point for all CSG expeditionary missions. The CSCC’s role is to take direction from Joint Operations Command and provide CSG with mission-specific guidance. There are seven primary capabilities:

  • expeditionary base support
  • fixed base support
  • evacuation handling centres
  • health support
  • security
  • airfield engineering
  • communications

that may require any or all of the following airbase operations and enabling functions:

  • aircraft loading and unloading
  • security
  • ground defence
  • explosive ordnance disposal
  • rescue services
  • fire-fighting
  • physical training
  • military working dogs
  • medical care
  • dental care
  • catering
  • logistics
  • administration
  • airfield engineering
  • ground engineering
  • electrical engineering
  • communications and IT support
  • chaplaincy
  • intelligence

For more information on any of these careers, please visit Defence Force Recruiting.