In 2015 RAAF Base Wagga celebrated 75 years of service with a Freedom of Entry March on 1st August.
Following a ceremonial challenge by Wagga Police Local Area Commander Superintendant Peter McLay, Senior Australian Defence Officer – Group Captain Ross Jones lead more than 350 Airmen/Airwomen, Soldiers and Sailors of RAAF Base Wagga who marched down Baylis Street.
Wagga City Mayor Councillor Rod Kendall acknowledged the strong relationship between the communities of RAAF Base Wagga and the City of Wagga Wagga. The Parade which provided general salutes to the Commander of Air Force Training Group Air Commodore Brian Edwards and Councillor Kendall also featured a low-level flypast by a 36SQN C17 Globemaster
RAAF Wagga was first granted freedom of entry in 1961 and has exercised this right on a number of occasions.
Celebrations also included two sold-out Air Force Band Concerts commemorating 100 Years of ANZAC
WAAAF 75th Anniversary Parade
RAAF Base Wagga began enlisting women on 15 March 1941 as part of a program lasting until 1947 that would see 27,258 members enlisted within Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF).
On 15 March 2016, RAAF Base Wagga was proud to host the 75th Anniversary of the WAAAF with a parade to mark the importance of the occasion. Showing strength through adversity, the parade carried-on through torrential rain and was reviewed by Air Commodore Kathryn Dunn.
Air Force 95th Anniversary Reception Party
31 March 2016 marked a significant year for the RAAF with the achievement of 95 years of service to the people of Australia. RAAF Wagga celebrated the occasion with a number of events including a Cake Cutting and a Reception Party at The Riverine Club.
The Riverine Club was the former home of the Empire Air Training Scheme and Officers’ Mess during World War II. The Club has maintained its relationship with the base and is home to many functions throughout the year.
RAAF Base personnel and guests celebrated in style with entertainment provided by the RAAF Band. VIPs including Mr Michael McCormack, Assistant Minister for Defence and Councillor Rod Kendall Wagga City Mayor. Aunty Isobel Reid provided an inspiring Welcome to Country.
Airpower Begins in Wiradjuri Country
RAAF Base Wagga acknowledges the Wiradjuri People, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which RAAF Base Wagga is situated and pays respect to their Elders both past and present. RAAF Wagga would like to pay its respects to the Indigenous men and women who have contributed to the defence of Australia in times of peace and war.
In 2016, RAAF Base Wagga raised the position of Indigenous Liaison Officer and saw the implementation of a number of key community engagement activities. RAAF Base Wagga now proudly flies the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags at the entry to RAAF Base Wagga and hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony during NAIDOC Week. Personnel from RAAF Base Wagga also attended a number of Cultural Events including a Business Breakfast, Cultural Day Tour and Awards Night.
RAAF Wagga Gives Back
RAAF Wagga has a tradition of giving back to the Wagga community. In a friendly competition with RAAF Base East Sale, RAAF Wagga has maintained its lead in a blood donation challenge – the “Battle of the Bases”, which pits the staff and trainees of RAAF Base Wagga against those of RAAF Base East Sale. RAAF Base Wagga took out the competition in 2014 and 2015 and hopes to repeat this in 2016
The Wagga Wagga Winter Warmth is an annual event which aims to provide blankets, clothes and food to members of the community in need during the cold winter months. RAAF Base Wagga members donated their time to collect the goods and deliver them to a collection point in Wagga.
RAAF Base Wagga was the starting point for a large contingent of The Long Ride 2016. With senior leaders including the Chief of the Defence Force, Chief of Air Force and Air Commander Australia making their way from Wagga to commence the long ride to Western Australia to increase Prostate Cancer awareness.
- Aircraftwoman Recruit (ACR) Breanna Doorne with Ms Maureen Kerr, OAM from the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force, (WRAAF) and Mrs Edna Thompson a Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force member (WAAAF) cut the 75th Anniversary Cake.