QinetiQ Australia Integrated Logistics Support specialist Tony Blunden has received a Chief of Air Force commendation for his involvement in the design, development and introduction into service of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) General Purpose Uniform (GPU)
The commendation reads: “Your approachability, creativity and professionalism were demonstrated throughout the project... Your achievements are of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Defence Force.”
Mr Blunden said: "It is an honour to receive a commendation for my work on the GPU. Being the lead RAAF representative and Clothing Systems Project Office project manager was a real career highlight for me that has resulted in a unique and distinctive uniform that meets RAAF’s service requirements.”
Greg Barsby, Managing Director of QinetiQ Australia, said: “We congratulate Tony on his commendation. His professionalism, performance and commitment are evident in all aspects of his work at QinetiQ Australia. This commendation is apt recognition for the excellent work he did in the RAAF on the GPU.”
Mr Blunden served in the RAAF between 1999 and 2014 before joining QinetiQ Australia this year as a project manager for Strategic Munitions Support, which produces propellant and high explosives for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and Land 17 Future Artillery Ammunition Project, which will replace the ADF’s current 155mm artillery ammunition with new and more capable systems.
The GPU, announced by the Chief of Air Force in March 2014, is designed to clearly identify Air Force and promote esprit de corps in non-combat environments. The first major rollout of the GPU occurred during Exercise Pitch Black 2014, a biennial warfare exercise hosted by the RAAF in Northern Australia, and it is being progressively issued throughout RAAF with all members expected to have a set by the end of 2015.
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