Great RAAF men receive honours
TWO people who have worked at RAAF Base Amberley have been rewarded for their excellent work with Queen's Birthday honours.
Warrant Officer Wade Godbee received a medal in the military division of the Order of Australia while Air Commodore Tim Innes, who left Amberley last year, was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.
Warrant Officer Godbee was recognised for meritorious service as a maintenance manager in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Air Commodore Innes was rewarded for outstanding achievement as officer commanding Number 84 Wing and Commander of Combat Support Group.
"Warrant Officer Godbee has provided exemplary service to the Royal Australian Air Force over a 36 year career," his citation reads.
"He continues to devote much of his private life to the Reserve forces, and has been largely responsible for their innovative support through the retirement of the F-111 and successful evolution to the new F/A-18F Super Hornet.
"He is an exceptional aircraft maintenance manager, who has displayed superior foresight, tireless devotion, and outstanding professionalism that has provided enduring benefit to the air power of Australia."
Wade Godbee is now the senior maintenance manager for Raytheon Australia at Amberley, and is also a Reserve Warrant Officer Engineer (WOE) at Number 1 Squadron.
"It's a great honour to be recognised for what's been a big chunk of my life and what I've enjoyed doing right through my adult life," he said. "I joined the Air Force at age 16 as an apprentice. I ended up serving 27 years in the permanent Air Force, the majority of that at Amberley."
Nine years ago he discharged from the permanent Air Force and joined the Air Force Reserve.
"A lot of my background from a technician point of view is working on F-111s," he said. "I started on Canberras, the old bomber they used to have at Amberley.
"I did a bit of work in recruiting in Brisbane as a careers advisor for a few years. That was good.
"Down at Williamtown I worked on the fighters, the F-18s and the Macchi trainer. In the reserve side of things I continued to work on the F-111 and now the Super Hornet."
He was born in Chinchilla and grew up around Dalby. After coming to Amberley he lived in Rosewood, married a Rosewood girl and they still live in the Ipswich area.
"Being a Warrant Officer, the senior non-commissioned rank, I'm in charge of the reservist team at Amberley that looked after the F-111, now Super Hornet," he said.
"So I have 30-odd technicians working for me. In the F-111 days we were fixing them and when they were retired, we were involved with disposing them.
"Thirteen of them went to museums. We helped transport them to museums and rebuilt them when they got there and made them into displays.
"Then rolling on to the Super Hornet I organised with the RAAF to create positions for the reservists. I organised the training, administered them; basically ran the show from a reserve point of view for the Super Hornet."