Flight Lieutenant Kathleen Pearce, an Airfield Engineer, looks over design plans

Combat Support Group

The Royal Australian Air Force's Combat Support Group (CSG) is the most diverse Force Element Group, comprising approximately 3000 personnel located around Australia and overseas.

The Group provides airbase operational support to fixed and expeditionary air bases, including bare bases in Australia's north and in remote areas of strategic interest.

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; and
  • catering.

CSG's key capability is to take any combination of services from a fixed airbase and tailor an expeditionary package designed to meet the needs of a specific mission.

Combat Support Coordination Centre

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 airbase support;
  • fixed airbase support;
  • evacuation handling centres;
  • health support;
  • security;
  • airfield engineering; and
  • communications.

These capabilities 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; and
  • intelligence.

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