RAAFA Publications

Wings Editorial Team

Air Vice Marshal (retd) Bob Treloar, AO, MiD: RAAF News Digest

Bob Treloar enlisted as Cadet Aircrew in the RAAF in September 1966 and after being awarded his Wings in February 1968, he served in South Vietnam with No 9 Squadron flying helicopters in support of the Australian Task Force where he earned a Mention in Despatches.

On return from Vietnam he was transferred to fighter operations flying Mirages, qualified as a Fighter Combat Instructor, and later commanded the
RAAFs first operational F/A-18 (Hornet) Squadron. His subsequent senior command appointments included No 41 (Air Defence Radar) Wing at Williamtown and the Integrated Air Defence System, at Butterworth Malaysia.

Ultimately, he was Commander Australian Theatre, responsible for planning and supporting numerous ADF operations including those in East Timor.

Following retirement from the Permanent Air Force in November 2001, Bob transferred to the RAAF Reserve and served on the ADF Airworthiness Board for 15 years. During this time, he also led the Review of Interoperability of the ADF and U.S. Armed Forces, led a Defence team supporting the Senate Inquiry into the Military Justice System, and served on the Ministerial-directed ADF Clothing Review in 2007.

Bob served as a councillor with the Royal United Services Institute of New South Wales from 2002 until 2013 and was President for three years. He
joined the NSW Centenary of ANZAC Advisory Council on its formation in 2012 and, within the Council, he chaired the History Committee responsible for the publishing ofNSW and the Great War, a social and military the history of New South Wales during the WW I period.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1988 and promoted to Officer of the Order in 2000. Married to Marilyn, they have two sons. He enjoys reading, golf and walking.

Air Vice Marshal (retd) John Kindler, AO, AFC: Aviation Industry

John joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1968 as a cadet pilot. After graduating he flew Sabres at Williamtown before converting to the Mirage III and completing a tour of duty with No 3 Squadron in Malaysia.

In 1974 he graduated from Empire Test Pilots course at Boscombe Down, UK. He was posted to the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit as a test pilot, and was subsequently awarded the Air Force Cross for his flying and management of aircraft certification and developmental weapons tasks.

On return to operational flying, John flew the Mirage as a flight commander before converting to the F/A-18 Hornet and commanding No 77 Squadron from 1987 to 1990. He later returned to command No 81 Wing and then the Tactical Fighter Group.

John is a graduate of the RAF Staff College at Bracknell and the Australian Joint Services Staff College in Canberra. He has held senior staff positions in the Australian Defence Force (HQADF) including Director General Capability Policy and Planning in HQADF. During his final four years in the RAAF, as Air Commander Australia, he oversaw the planning of numerous operations, including the first combat employment of fighter aircraft in over 30 years.

John transferred to the RAAF Reserve on 30 March 2004, where he was the high-level Aerospace Industry Advocate in the Defence Export Unit in
DMO for three years, and a member of the ADF Airworthiness Board until December 2018. As a civilian, he was Chairman of the Board of Newcastle Airport Limited for 11 years during a period of major expansion and significant corporate transition, and an independent consultant to Pratt and Whitney Military Engines since 2006.

John and his wife enjoy their time together with family, friends and travel.

Mr Mike Nelmes, Aviation History

Mike is an aviation history specialist who has been Senior Historical Officer for the Office of Air Force History, a curator in military technology and
exhibitions at the Australian War Memorial, and is currently the curator of the Narromine Aviation Museum. He was also gliding co-editor of Soaring Australia magazine for six years and has authored several books on aviation history. A glider pilot and avid aircraft modeler, Mike regularly attends air shows and conferences on aviation and military history. When time allows, he travels the world in search of historic aviation sites and museums.

Mr Aaron Froud: Personal Finance

Aaron Froud is a Partner in KPMGs Canberra office with more than 18 years experience. He has developed a strong business and personal finance understanding having worked as a consultant in both audit and tax. He also spent two years within industry as a Chief Financial Officer. Aaron is a registered tax agent and member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.