Awarded to an individual, a group or organisation involved in any branch of aviation in the Australian Region or to Australian nationals abroad, who or which has made a meritorious contribution to any aviation activity, either by displaying technical excellence or by the development of a procedure or operational technique of an outstanding nature.
2021 Awarded to: Flight Lieutenant Laura Ashleigh Haws RAAF
Flight Lieutenant Haws is an Engineering Staff Officer within Headquarters Air Combat Group, currently supporting F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler maintenance, logistics and engineering for Number 82 Wing at RAAF Base Amberley.
Currently, her primary role is to oversee the Fleet Management of the inventory of 35 Super Hornet and Growler aircraft. She is responsible for overseeing the scheduling of maintenance and modification for the fleet of aircraft, engines and associated components, including the planning of activities, allocation of resources, and liaison with operators (aircrew) and contractors to ensure availability of aircraft is maximised. The maintenance schedule for the aircraft is a complicated mix of both calendar- and usage-based, and is highly dynamic based on changing demands for usage, additional modifications and changes, and a substantial range of unscheduled work that leads to a constantly changing program of work.
As an engineering staff officer in 2020, Flight Lieutenant Haws was involved in a large range of engineering tasks and projects aimed at supporting the operating squadrons, through maximising their ability to generate operating aircraft. These tasks and projects required the exercising of leadership, direction, planning, problem solving and close liaison with a range of stakeholders. They are non-trivial tasks relating to system improvement, or correcting deficiencies, in order to support the more effective delivery of air combat capability in support of the RAAF and Australian Government objectives.
In 2020, Flight Lieutenant Haws was responsible for the delivery of a number of significantly different but equally impressive tasks that had substantial, tangible outcomes for the ability of the operating squadrons of Number 82 Wing, that generated capability and delivered air power effects.
The first of these tasks was the development and implementation of a Wing Deployment Planning tool, which filled a void in exercise and deployment planning that had existed for many years. This tool, developed on her own initiative and in much of her own time has dramatically streamlined the preparation process for the supporting of flying exercises and deployments.
The second was the establishment of a centralised tool store entity within the Wing, allowing for the more efficient and effective central management of the finite support and test equipment and tooling assets held by the wing, making better use of the resources held and provision of support for maintenance and engineering
The third was the coordination of a detailed and thorough risk assessment into aircrew use of an integral boarding ladder on the Wing’s aircraft, which had been unused to the point of itself posing a hazard through unfamiliarity on the part of the crews. Her approach showed great understanding of risk and risk management, of legislative requirements, and of novel approaches to problem solving.
Flight Lieutenant Haws is a promising, capable young officer. Throughout 2020, numerous members of the Super Hornet and Growler community - aircrew, maintenance and contractor – praised her exceptional engineering and leadership skills. Consistently, praise of Flight Lieutenant Haws has focussed on her exceptional competence in role and her ability to interact with others. Colleagues cite her emotional intelligence and her ability to engage with others in a manner that achieves results through collaboration, cooperation and mutual respect. Flight Lieutenant Haws consistently engages the right people from the right organisations, reaching out beyond engineering into logistics and operational workforces to ensure all stakeholder needs are considered.
Flight Lieutenant Haws engenders the respect of subordinates through her personal demonstration of genuine concern for their well-being. She communicates confidently, openly and warmly and in doing so generates great rapport with her colleagues, leading to better outcomes developed in a harmonious and cohesive work environment. Her deep and considered thinking about problems and her outstanding support to aviation outcomes is commendable and is awarded the Grand Master’s Australian Medal.
1981/82 H C Minnett Esq Dr D N Cooper Dr J P Wild CSIRO Interscan Team
1983 Not Awarded
1983/84 Brian Hamilton Heeps Esq
1985 Not Awarded
1985/86 Dr Henry Millicer
1986/87 Ingo Renner Esq
1987/88 Wing Commander Bernard I Fernandes
1989 - 1990 Not Awarded
1990/91 Don M Kendell Esq
1991/92 Laurence C Gruzman Esq
1993 Not Awarded
1993/94 Squadron Leader Kevin W Rushworth
1994/95 Captain Ernest A Girault
1995/96 Gary Lawson-Smith Esq
1996/97 Australian Mission Aviation Fellowship
1997/98 The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Inc.
1999 Not Awarded
1999/2000 John G Roncz & Graham Swannell
2000/01 Captain Trevor Jensen
2001/02 Bob Peake
2002/03 Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
2004 - 2006 Not Awarded
2006/07 C-17 Transition Team & 36 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force
2007/08 Number 92 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force
2008/09 The School of Air Warfare, Royal Australian Air Force
2009/10 816 Squadron Royal Australian Navy
2010/11 Air Mobility Control Centre RAAF
2012 Not Awarded
2012/13 Emergency Management Queensland - Helicopter Rescue
2013/14 Royal Australian Air Force Ageing Aircraft Systems Audit Team
2014/15 Flight Training Adelaide
2016 Temora Aviation Museum
2017 Royal Australian Air Force Aerobatic Team - The Roulettes
2018 James Eric Thurstan
2019 RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit
2020 Captain Susan Mchaffie
2021 Flight Lieutenant Laura Ashleigh Haws RAAF