No. 22 Squadron Freedom of Entry March - Sydney

The City of Sydney will bestow the honour of Freedom of Entry to the City to No. 22 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) on 29 November, recognising the squadron’s historic ties to the civilian community.

Freedom of Entry to a City is an honour that dates back to ancient times when military units were not permitted to march within a city’s limits as a formed body. On rare occasions, Freedom of Entry was granted by the city to recognise the service and contribution made by a military body to that community.

No. 22 Squadron will be granted Freedom of Entry in Sydney Square, near the corner of George St and Bathurst Street at 10am. On being granted Freedom of Entry, up to 70 members of No. 22 Squadron will march along Bathurst Street with the NSW Police Band to Hyde Park.

The connections between Sydney and No. 22 Squadron go back to the unit’s establishment at RAAF Base Richmond in April 1936 as a ‘Citizens Air Force’ squadron, supporting part-time Air Force members in Sydney.

For much of its history, No. 22 Squadron has been responsible for Air Force Reservists in the wider Sydney area.

That role continues today, along with responsibility for delivering essential day-to-day airbase operations support at RAAF Base Richmond. These functions range from airfield firefighting to air movements and aircraft refuelling, physical fitness, and other operational support.