In an historical Air Force first, Command of Combat Support Group (CSG) and Senior ADF Officer (SADFO) RAAF Amberley was transferred from AIRCDRE Ken Robinson to AIRCDRE Veronica Tyler, the first female Commander of Combat Support Group (CDR CSG).
The change of Command ceremony took place on 13 Dec 18 at Number 23 Squadron, and was attended by members from across RAAF Amberley; including Headquarters CSG, CSG units based at RAAF Amberley, and Heads of Resident Units.
AIRCDRE Tyler was appointed as one of Air Force’s first female Force Element Group CDRs along with AIRCDRE Barbara Courtney who takes up her appointment as CDR Surveillance Reconnaissance Group (SRG) from May 2019.
AIRCDRE Tyler said she is extremely honoured to be given the opportunity to lead Combat Support Group through this phase of AF history as we continue to introduce our 5th Generation capabilities.
She is highly motivated to tackle the challenges confronting the Group as it continues to evolve to meet the extant and emerging requirements of the ADF.
“CDR CSG is a position I have aspired to throughout my career,” AIRCDRE Tyler said
“I have spent the majority of my career in Combat Support or Combat Support related roles which has provided me a detailed knowledge of how CSG enables Air Operations and the complexity of roles performed by CSG personnel.
“All my experience has led me to this position, and it’s wonderful to have that recognised.”
AIRCDRE Tyler has posted to CSG on promotion after attending the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies.
She has completed key postings to CSG Expeditionary units including a deployment as XO of the Combat Support Unit in the Middle East and has held key Command appointments as T/CO 381 ECSS, CO 22 Squadron at Richmond, and as OC 96 Wing.
Outgoing CDR CSG, AIRCDRE Ken Robinson is now the Director General Workforce Planning Branch in Defence People Group.
“The most rewarding part of being CDR CSG was to see an incredibly diverse workforce and set of capabilities come together to deliver highly reliable combat support to our aviators,” he said.
“We also re-acquainted ourselves with expeditionary combat support concepts and Air Force can be assured that CSG can capably support operations in our region.
“The SADFO Amberley role was also incredibly rewarding as well as interesting, with the base now being a ‘super-base’ in every sense of the word following $1.3b in capital investment during my time as SADFO.
“I wish AIRCDRE Tyler all the very best in her new position, I know she will enjoy the highlights and challenges.”
AIRCDRE Tyler is SADFO of the ADF’s largest airbase. Amberley has multiple flying SQN’s which encompass aircraft from AMG and ACG, and a resident workforce of more than 8,000 personnel including Air Force, Army, APS and contractors.
CSG is Air Force’s largest and most diverse FEG, with some 4500 personnel, boasting over 50 different specialisations and musterings and spanning fixed base and expeditionary combat support roles.
The Group is looking at a demanding 2019 with continued support to ongoing operations, and a demanding exercise schedule, which includes Avalon International Airshow and Exercise Talisman Sabre that both require a substantial involvement from CSG capabilities.
“We’ve got a busy and challenging year ahead of us, and I look forward to leading the fantastic men and women of CSG during this time” AIRCDRE Tyler said.