The Royal Australian Air Force introduced the Air Force Bereavement Pin in 2006 as a personal symbol for families who have lost a loved one while serving in the Royal Australian Air Force.
The Bereaved Family Lapel Pin is a distinctive 20mm gold plated pin with raised crossed wattle sprigs atop the RAAF Eagle and the inscription Air Force underneath. The pin is a recognition by Air Force of the contribution and value of Air Force members who have died and passing that appreciation to families. The pin is presented in a black velvet box with a card that reads:
“This lapel pin is presented by the Chief of Air Force in recognition that your loved one, who was a valued member of the Royal Australian Air Force, has died in Service. May you look upon this pin in remembrance and wear it with pride.”
The pin is available to the family of an Air Force member who has died in service or post their service. There is no specific limit on the number of family members or their relationship to the deceased Air Force member, nor is there a limit on the number of pins available to each family.
Requests for issue of the pin can be made by emailing the Bereaved Families Liaison Officer – Air Force with the following details:
Air Force Member:
Date of Death
Period of Service
Relationship of recipient/s to Air Force member
Recipient return mailing address details
Bereaved Families Liaison Officer – Air Force
Department of Defence
PO Box 7802
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
Email: bereavedfamilieslo.airforce [at] defence.gov.au