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State President

Robert Black AM RFD MD
MS FRACS FAMA

Robert enlisted in the RAAF as an undergraduate in the University Squadron, was commissioned Pilot Officer in 1959, and Flight Lieutenant on graduating in Medicine in 1963. After post-graduate 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, Squadron Leader 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 member 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.

He is a member of the RSL and has been a Committee member, Pensions Officer and President (2014-2018) of the RAAFA Mitcham. He joined the State Division Council in 2018 to fill a casual vacancy. In retirement he has enjoyed several months as a ship’s Doctor on voyages to the Arctic, Antarctic and places between. He has also 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. He had over 20 years of service to the St John Ambulance, and from 1996 to 2005 he was the State Medical Officer for SA. He is a Member of the Venerable Order of St John and of the Knights Hospitaller.


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State Secretary

Dave Helman OAM JP (Rtd)

David was born in Forbes, NSW.

David joined the RAAF on 26th February 1963 as a Trainee Cook but re-mustered to Drill Instructor while on recruit training; he then re-mustered to RAAF Police and attained rank of Sergeant before again remustering to Warrant Officer Disciplinary (WOD) in 1971.

He was commissioned as an Administrative Officer in 1978 and transferred to the Police category the same year. He served on bases in NSW, Victoria SA and Thailand prior to retiring with the rank of Squadron Leader on 3rd July 1989.

Then he spent six years in New Guinea as a security officer with a large Gold Mine, before purchasing a small farm in the Barossa Valley and developing an Olive Grove prior to retiring.

David now lives in Adelaide and has been involved with the RAAF Association as President of the RAAF Ubon Association since 1998.
State Secretary - 2005/6
State President - 2006 - 2018
State Secretary - 2018/current.


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State Vice President

Bill Chapell

Bill was born at Kadina on the 23rd May 1942. He was educated at Adelaide Technical High School on North Terrace, and started his working life as a public servant at State Land Tax Department in the Old Legislative Building, North Terrace.

Bill joined the RAAF in 1962, retiring after 20 years of service as an Instrument Fitter. Postings included Wagga Wagga, Richmond, Laverton, Butterworth, Avalon, Edinburgh with attachments to Ubon, Thailand, and Williamstown.

He then joined British Aerospace, where he held various project management & logistician positions on F/A-18, F-111, Airbus, P3C Orion, Collins Class Submarine and ASLAV army vehicle projects spending 12 months in London Canada seconded to General Motors Diesel Division.

Since retiring in 2001 Bill has worked as a voluntary DVA pension/welfare officer.

He currently holds a position on RAAFA State council, Secretary/Treasurer of RAAFA Ubon Branch, Chairman of AVADSC SA, member of Elizabeth RAAFA and Salisbury RSL, member of Elizabeth Probus and President of Penfield Tennis Club. In his spare time Bill is the compiler/editor of RAAFA H/Q News.


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State Vice President

Arthur Jeeves OAM

Arthur joined The RAAF in 1956 as an Instrument Fitter. He was discharged at his own request in 1968. Arthur served at Uranquinty, Richmond, Malaysia, Thailand, Edinburgh and Wagga Wagga.

He joined Ansett Airlines as a Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, and stayed with that Company for twenty one years. He also served as Employee Trustee on the Ansett Superannuation Fund, retiring from that role in 1989.

He then joined the Civil Aviation Authority as Senior Airworthiness Inspector for nine and a half years. He is a Registered Auditor for Standards Australia. Member of the National Institute of Airworthiness Surveyors of Australia (NIASA) and participated in a number of Government inquiries into Civil Aviation Accidents including “Plane Safe Inquiry” and “Aquatic Airline” accident at Berowra Waters NSW.

Arthur is the President of the Charles Sturt Memorial Museum.

He is Aircraft Industry Rep on the SA Industrial & Commercial Training Commission. He was also involved in Formation of New State Aviation Apprenticeship Scheme with TAFE, establishment of Training College at Parafield.

Member and former Secretary of RAAFA Ubon Branch.


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State Treasurer

John Stapleton

John was born in Sydney 1942.

Joined the RAAF 28th September 1965 and retired in 1985 after 20 years service. Originally joined the RAAF as an Engine Fitter and re-mustered to a Radio Technician Air in 1971. John was offered and accepted a direct entry into the new mustering of Air Technician in the early 80’s. Postings included Wagga Wagga, Williamtown, Butterworth, Laverton (for training as Radio Technician Air), Moffet Field USA, AWA Factory Sydney and Edinburgh.

On retirement John has worked for Computer Sciences of Australia (CSA), C3 and BAESYSTEMS (formerly British Aerospace) where he has held positions of Systems Programmer, Project Manager and Liaison Officer. John was seconded to BAESYSTEMS UK in 2001 to be the Liaison Officer for BAESYTEMS Australia on the Euro Fighter Typhoon ASTA (Aircrew Synthetic Training Aids) project. On return from this secondment in 2006 John retired from the workforce a year later.

He is a member of the Ubon Branch RAAFA.


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State Councillor

Con Maros JP

Con Maros SqnLdr. (Rtd)
B.Ed, Dip.T., Assoc. Diploma Bus. Administration, JP

1970-1972 Army Reserve (10 Counter-Intell. Group)

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


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State Councillor

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.