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Officer Commanding - WGCDR(AAFC) Paul Hughes

Wing Commander (AAFC) Paul Martin Hughes JP, was born in the UK and grew up next door to Manchester United Football Club! A former air cadet from the age of 15, he reached the rank of CSGT before joining the Royal Air Force at the age of 17.Wing Commander(AAFC) Hughes completed a number of flying Instructor, staff tours of duty and operational deployments in the UK and overseas before retiring. During his military career he also completed the British Military Parachute course earning his Parachute wings and received 3 separate commendations. Wing Commander (AAFC) Hughes was also heavily involved with the Air Training Corps (ATC) in the UK particularly in the sports and flying areas.Emigrating to Australia in 2008 with his Wife Anne and Son, Paul initially became involved with the AAFC as a civilian both as a QFI with what is now 301 Aviation Training Flight and as the Aviation Safety Officer for 3 Wing. In 2012 Paul was went back into uniform as a Flight Lieutenant (AAFC) , where he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of 307 (City of Bankstown) Squadron. In addition to this Paul also held the role of 3WG XO for 5 months during 2014 as well as standing in on other executive roles. WEF 1st January 2015, Paul took up his new appointment as the Officer Commanding 3 Wing responsible for over 2400 cadets and nearly 500 staff across NSW and the ACT.Outside of the AAFC, Paul holds a management position in the recruitment industry and in his spare time, he is a senior soccer referee having officiated at all levels of soccer in the UK and New South Wales. Additionally, he enjoys reading the occasional autobiography and became an Australian citizen in April 2014.

Executive Officer - SQNLDR(AAFC) David Moufarrege

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Executive Officer (Metro) - WGCDR(AAFC) Frank Galea

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Executive Officer (North) - FLTLT(AAFC) Paul Moro

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Executive Officer (South) - SQNLDR(AAFC) Dennis Green

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Executive Officer (West) - SQNLDR(AAFC) Billy Gleeson-Barker

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Staff Officer Management Services - SQNLDR(AAFC) Yan De Horta

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Staff Officer Training - SQNLDR(AAFC) Merridy Thompson

A graduate of the University of Western Sydney (B.H.S), Merridy commenced her AAFC service with No. 7 Flight “City of Bankstown” (now 307SQN AAFC) and reached the rank of Cadet Under Officer. She was appointed as an Aircraftwoman (AIRTC) at the end of her cadet service and as an instructor with 22 Flight West Ryde in a variety of roles. In 1990, Merridy was promoted to Pilot Officer (AIRTC) and assumed command of 22 Flight in 1995. Merridy has extensive Staff Officer experience at both Wing and National Headquarters level.  She was awarded the Australia Day Medallion in 2012.
Although graduating as a Registered Nursing Sister in 1989, Merridy has gone on to specialise in the area of Emergency Nursing and has a strong interest in teaching and learning, which led her to completed the Graduate Certificate in Education. She is currently a Nurse Consultant in the South Western Sydney Health District and a Nursing Officer in the RAAF Specialist Reserve.
In February of 2015, Merridy reached the milestone of 20 years as the Commanding Officer of 22 Flight (AIRTC) / 322 (City of Ryde) Squadron (AAFC).
WEF 1 May 2015, Merridy was appointed to the role of Staff Officer Management Services and promoted to SQNLDR(AAFC).

Staff Officer Operations - SQNLDR(AAFC) Rod Hobson

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Staff Officer Wing Safety - SQNLDR(AAFC) Dean Hawthorn

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Commanding Officer (Aviation Squadron) - 

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Wing Logistics Officer - WOFF(AAFC) Mark Garner

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Wing Warrant Officer - WOFF(AAFC) Christopher Gibson

Born and Educated in Tamworth NSW Chris enrolled in the AIRTC as a Cadet in 1999 in 10FLT. In his time with 10FLT and 310SQN Chris achieved the rank of CUO and also was the state champion shooter and represented 3 Wing AAFC at the National Rifle Competition in Victoria.  At the end of Chris’s cadet career in 2004, Chris then went on to appointed as an LAC(AAFC) with 337SQN Armidale and secondary posted to 310SQN Tamworth. During this time Chris held various roles across both units but was primarily SQNXI at both Squadrons. Chris was heavily involved with 327FLT Gliding attending several camps and is also a solo Glider Pilot.In May 2009 Chris was appointed to the position of Regional Executive Instructor West  and promoted to SGT(AAFC) where he looked after the Warrant Officer type role for the 7 western region squadrons and assisted XO(W) with the running of the region.Due to a change in civilian career Chris left the role after 3 years and took up the role of the SQNXI for 335SQN Williamtown where he is currently still secondary posted too. On the 1st of December 2015 Chris was appointed to the position of Wing Warrant Officer 3 Wing and promoted to the rank of WOFF(AAFC).Outside of the AAFC Chris is a National Account Director for a business to business supplier. He enjoys watching and playing sport with Cricket being a big passion of his.