Air Command Celebrate RAAF’s 98th Birthday

The Headquarters Air Command 98th Birthday cake made by RAAF chef CPL Sue-Ellen Harris

The air women and men of Headquarters Air Command celebrated the 98th Birthday of the RAAF in style with a Reception at the historic RAAF Base Glenbrook Officers Mess.

Representatives and leaders from the Nepean and Blue Mountains community celebrated with RAAF Base Glenbrook personnel at the Reception hosted by Air Commander Australia, Air Vice-Marshal (AVM) ‘Zed’ Roberton. The Reception provided an opportunity to thank the community for its support to Air Force.

“The Officers Mess here at Glenbrook makes the ideal location for a celebration of shared history with origins in the community dating back to the 1930s when it was originally built to serve as the old Lapstone Hotel,” said AVM Roberton.

“Celebrating this occasion each year with the local community and the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today, the Dharug & Gundungurra peoples, is so special to us.  It's one of the few opportunities we get to invite the community in and share with them our history and our proud traditions as an Air Force.

“I am incredibly proud of the air women and men that I serve alongside. The RAAF Birthday Reception is a special time to celebrate the teamwork which has led us to where we are today,” said AVM Roberton.

The event was marked by a C-130J Hercules flypast that came from nearby RAAF Base Richmond. Flying at a height of 75 metres above ground level, it proved a spectacular sight for onlookers.

In true Air Force Birthday tradition the cake made by RAAF Base Glenbrook chef CPL Sue-Ellen Harris was cut by the youngest Headquarters Air Command member, LACW Ashley Horsburgh and the most senior, AVM Roberton.

Established on 31 Mar 1921, the Royal Australian Air Force is the second oldest independent Air Force in the world. The organisation looks forward to celebrating its centenary in 2021.