Air Force Association Victoria

Supporting Those Who Served And Who Are Serving

Branch - Geelong

After a number of years, the Air Force Association's Geelong Branch has been re-formed. If anyone in the Geelong area would like to join the Geelong Branch please contact the AFA Victoria head office on 9813 4600 or office@afavic.org.au and we will pass on your contact details.

Meetings

The newly reformed Geelong Branch meets at the Geelong RSL, Barwon Heads Road, Belmont

Contacts

President: Mr John Delia

Secretary: Mr Darrell Robinson 

 

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Geelong Branch Newsletter - June 2020

Greetings Geelong Branch Members,

I hope this finds you well, keeping safe and staying at home for your safety. COVID-19 certainly changed the world in a big way. No travel, no physical contact with anyone, shopping only for essentials and maintaining social distance with regular sanitization, hand washing with limited shopping for basic grocery items has been quite the challenge. Not to mention the temporary suspension of our fellowship monthly meetings and plans to go on day excursions.........

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Geelong Branch Newsletter - August 2019

On 31 July 2019, we held an information meeting at the Geelong RSL to gauge the possibility of reviving the Geelong Branch of the Air Force Association-Victoria...

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For more information about Geelong Branch

Want to find out more about Geelong Branch, please contact Darrell Robinson, Branch Secretary, on drobinson3@bigpond.com.

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Fighter Aircraft Contract Great For Local Industry

The Federal Government’s approval of the acquisition of a further 58 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is great news for the G21 region.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Minister for Defence, Senator David Johnston, today (23 April 2014)  announced the $12.4 billion acquisition.

The Australian defence industry has been awarded over $355 million in work and stands to win well in excess of $1.5 billion in JSF-related production and support work over the life of the programme.

This will create long-term jobs in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

Marand, which has a strong presence in Geelong, is playing an important role in this project, manufacturing high-tech trailers and parts of the vertical tails for the aircraft.

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At the commencement of World War II in September 1939, much of the local Geelong industry was placed on war footing

Two thirds of the newly opened International Harvester was commandeered by the RAAF. and an ad hoc airfield was established. The US Air Force arrived shortly thereafter.

The presence of American servicemen has left an enduring impression on the North Shore community. Their arrival was the cause of much local excitement, particularly among the children who made a pretty penny running errands for them. They were also a hit with the ladies, who enjoyed a social dance at the local community hall. The story of the American presence in North Shore remains largely untold, and the reflections of local residents provide a fantastically rare insight into a unique period in Victorian history.

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