Robert Black AM RFD MD
MS FRACS FAMA
Robert enlisted in the University Squadron, was commissioned in 1959, confirmed on graduating in Medicine in 1963. After post-graduate surgical training and research in Cardiff he spent a decade in University posts in Sheffield, WA, SA and Edinburgh, and was appointed to the RAAF Specialist Reserve in 1980. He saw overseas service in Malaysia, Rwanda, Bougainville and Timor, and retired in 1998 after serving as Principal Reserve Medical Officer SA and NT, with the rank of Group Captain, and as Specialist Emeritus to the Surgeon General ADF. He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) in 1996.
He retired in 2004 as a visiting General Surgeon at RGH Daw Park where he was Chairman of the Medical staff and a Director of the Hospital Board. He held offices in the AMA and the Australian Association of Surgeons, was an examiner for the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and a member, later Chairman, of the Federal Specialist Recognition Appeals Committee.
After commencing his appointment to Daw Park and following RAAF service overseas he attended meetings of the RAAFA Association at Mitcham and became a member in 1991. At the time Mitcham was the largest branch in Australia. Members then were almost all veterans of WW2, as were the majority of his patients. His later enthusiastic involvement in the Association may thus be seen as a logical extension of his professional career into retirement.
He joined the RSL after returning from Rwanda. He has been a Committee member, Pensions Officer and President of the RAAFA Mitcham, joining the State Division Council in 2018. He was elected State President in October 2018. In retirement he has been a ship’s Doctor on voyages to the Arctic, Antarctic and places between. He served on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Committee on ex-service matters, the Veterans’ Review Board, The VAC and VHAC. He became a Legatee in 2004 and was President of Adelaide Legacy in 2011. After 20 years of service to the St John Ambulance, he retired as State Medical Officer for SA (1996-2005), is a Member of the Venerable Order of St John, and of the Knights Hospitaller.
He is married to Tania PSM, also a retired medical practitioner. They have three adult sons, a Barrister, a Singer and an Anaesthetist, and two grandsons.
State Vice President
GRPCAPT Greg Weller
Greg Weller joined the RAAF in 1989 as an Intelligence Officer. Career highlights include operational service in both East Timor and the Middle East and an Exchange Officer posting with US Pacific Command, Hawaii. Greg completed a range of command and staff officer positions including Commanding Officer No 87 Squadron, the Air Force’s Intelligence Squadron, Deputy Director Air Power Doctrine, Air Power Development Centre, where he wrote several RAAF doctrine publications, and Chief of Staff, Air Warfare Centre, RAAF Edinburgh, where he regularly performed the duties of Senior ADF Officer, Edinburgh Defence Precinct.
In 2017 he transferred to the Active Reserve to allow his family to remain in Adelaide. As a Reservist, he is now the Director, Community Engagement, RAAF Edinburgh, a part-time position where he is promoting Air Force in South Australia through building relationships and partnerships across the broader community.
Greg is strongly committed to the veteran community and other not for profit organisations working in a variety of volunteer and Board positions. He wants to enhance the veteran’s community relationship with younger veterans and serving members as well as promote RAAF heritage amongst young serving members as well as the wider public.
His passions include his family, military history and air power, sports (particularly cricket and footy) and gardening.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Defence Studies, and Graduate Diploma in Management, and is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College. Greg was awarded a Chief of Air Force Commendation in 2011 for his contribution to Air Force joint doctrine.
Warwick Raymont MSc (Adel) PhD
DSc DipTSec MACS MNYAS
Warwick enlisted in the RAAF as an undergraduate in the Adelaide University Squadron and received his wings and commission as Pilot Officer (Provisional) in 1959. Attached briefly to 24SQN Mallala, with the grounding of the CAF in 1960 he transferred to Adelaide University Regiment from which he was attached to 1RAR in Malaya for the balance of its deployment and was promoted to First Lieutenant. Later, In 1987, he joined the Air Force Cadets (then the AIRTC) as Chief Instructor with the Flying Training Flight at Edinburgh until he retired in 2001 with the rank of Flight Lieutenant.
He has spent most of his life in Research and Teaching, gaining, in 1969, his first Doctorate which qualified him for admission to Membership of the American Chemical Society, where he is now a Gold Member with over 50 years of Service. His involvement as a pioneer in the field of Pesticide Residue Chemistry and, especially, the effects upon Human and Environmental Health, saw him travel widely presenting lectures and attending Symposia, Congresses and Conferences in Europe, USA, SE Asia, PNG, NZ and, of course, Australia. In 1989 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science and in 1992 was elected to Membership of the New York Academy of Sciences. Over the years, he has received a number of awards and recognitions in his specialist field and, in 2016, was appointed Dean of the Graduate School of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences at CULA. Holding a Commercial Pilot Licence, he also operated his own air charter company, Stolair, from 1987 to 1995. Since 1997, speaking seven languages, he has been a volunteer Community Visitor with the Multicultural Community Council of SA.
In 2012 he joined the RAAFA at Elizabeth/Salisbury Branch and was elected Vice President of that Branch in 2018. In 2019 he was elected to State Councillor in the SA Division and in 2020, he was appointed State Secretary where he has a vision of Recruitment and Fundraising to update and make more meaningful and self-sustaining the Air Force Association South Australia Division.
FIPA FFA FGIA FCG CPA
Lawrence has a diverse career with many years in finance in the manufacturing and industrial sectors, as General Manager, Finance Administration Manager, Company Secretary, Quality Assurance Manager and other managerial positions in accounting, credit management, budgeting, financial planning, investments, banking, industrial relations and quality assurance.
He worked for 3 years in Port Moresby, New Guinea for Burns Philp (PNG) Ltd as Divisional Accountant in the Automotive and Industrial Divisions. Before PNG he worked for Toyota (NZ) Ltd in Wellington for nearly 10 years in finance. He moved to New Zealand to live from Malaysia in 1971 and graduated in Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) from Victoria University, Wellington NZ
Lawrence was a volunteer in the Malaysian Red Cross throughout his youth and New Zealand Red Cross for some years and currently an Officer of Cadets. Lawrence was awarded an Australian Defence Force Silver Commendation in 2011 for his dedicated service over many years to the Australian Air Force Cadets. A resident in the Adelaide hills with his family for over 35 years and have volunteered in bush care activities in the community for many years. He is a member of Murray Bridge RSL Sub Branch and Committee member of National Malaya Borneo Veterans Association Australia SA & NT Branch Inc.
His professional qualifications include CPA, Fellow Institute of Public Accountants and Fellow Governance Institute of Australia.
Con Maros JP
Con Maros SqnLdr. (Rtd)
B.Ed, Dip.T., Assoc. Diploma Bus. Administration, JP
1975-1993. 24Sqn RAAF Base EDN
Operations Officer with 92Wg as a Pilot Officer
1982 transferred to 23Sqn RAAF Base Amberly QLD
First Overseas posting for Maritime Excerise to RAAF Base Butterworth Malaysia.
1985 Posted to RAAF Base Butterworth, attached to 92WgBut, for 12 months as an Operations Officer.
1990 Promoted to SqnLdr. and was given the Senior Training Officer position (new Officer training) until retired due age expiry.
Present: Joined No.24(City of Adelaide)Sqn Association. Held the position of President for 7 years then as Secretary for following 3 years. Now only a member.
I have been a Teacher for over 40 years, during which I was a Senior Student Counsellor for 35 of those latter years at various High Schools throughout the state.
Retired from full time teaching and still registered as a Temporary Relief Teacher
David Pyatt enlisted in the Air Force in 1994 as an Airfield Defence Guard (ADG) as part of the Air Force’s Ready Reserve Scheme. After his initial 12-month full time commitment, David transferred to the Permanent Air Force and posted to No 2 Airfield Defence Squadron (2AFDS).
David remustered to Loadmaster in 2004 and commenced C130H conversion at 285SQN with a subsequent posting to 36SQN upon graduation. In 2006 he was selected to undergo USAF C17A Globemaster III Loadmaster Training in Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. He learned how to operate the C17A prior to the RAAF’s acceptance of its first C17A and was attached to the United States Air Force (USAF) 535th Airlift Squadron (535AS) located at Hickam Air force Base in Hawaii for six months.
He returned to conduct C17A operational flying with 36SQN at RAAF Base Amberley from 2007 until 2008. He then returned to the USAF 535AS on a three year Loadmaster Exchange. During the exchange posting, he completed operational tours in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
In 2017 he was posted to 35SQN for the first Australian C27J Spartan Loadmaster Conversion Course. While at 35SQN, David fulfilled the role of Loadmaster Executive and 35SQN Squadron Warrant Officer.
David has completed a Bachelor of Organisational Leadership from the University of New England in 2018. In 2019 David joined the Air Warfare Centre as the Group Warrant Officer and Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander Air Warfare Centre at RAAF Edinburgh.
David was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1976. Prior to his enlistment into the Royal Australian Air Force WOFF Pyatt lived in various locations in country South Australia as his father was a policeman. Outside of work, his interests includes stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking, attending his local parkrun and learning to fly.