Upcoming events

    • 01 Jun 2022
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT
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    GPCAPT Matthew McCormack, will speak on the evolutionary change that F-35 brings to the air combat environment.

    GPCAPT Matthew McCormack
    Commanding Officer 81 Wing 

    Group Captain Matt McCormack is a native of Sumter, South Carolina, USA. He joined the Australian Air Force in 1990, graduating from the Australian Defence Force Academy in December 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography). He completed pilot’s course in 1994, graduating from No. 165 Pilots course (PC-9A).

    Group Captain McCormack initially transitioned to Air Lift Group flying DHC-4 Caribou with 35 Squadron in Townsville. Subsequent to this tour, he transferred to Air Combat Group graduating from F/A-18A Operational Conversion in December 1999. After a tour with 3 Squadron and deployment as part of the Australian contribution to the International Coalition Against Terrorism in 2002 he completed a foreign exchange tour with 410(F) Squadron in Canada.

    Upon return to Australia, he was posted to the Air Command Plans Directorate, as the lead exercise planning Officer for Fighters. He completed a further operational tour with 75 Squadron in Tindal, fulfilling both Flight Commander and Executive Officer positions. He completed Australian Command and Staff Course in 2010, followed by promotion to WGCDR and a posting to Air Force Headquarters as Deputy Director Air Combat Capability.

    In 2012 he was the Commanding Officer of 2 Operational Conversion Unit until October 2014 when he deployed with the first rotation on Operation OKRA as the Chief of Staff of the Task Unit Headquarters. Upon return to Australia he was posted to the United States as the Australian Assistant National Deputy in the Joint Strike Fighter Joint Program Office.

    Upon return to Australia and promotion to Group Captain in 2018 he was the Director of Tactics and Training at the Air Warfare Centre until Jan 2020 when he undertook the Defence Strategic Studies Course at the Australian War College.

    He is married with twins and spends way too much time trail running.

    Inquiries: info@williamsfoundation.org.au

    The Williams Foundation thanks our lunch sponsor

    • 31 Aug 2022
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Speaker details will be advised shortly.

    Inquiries info@williamsfoundation.org.au

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    • National Gallery of Australia, ACT


     Examine the current limits to strategic access in our regional of interest

     Describe the associated preparedness challenges

     Describe the ongoing need for digital transformation

    Session One sets the scene, introducing current understanding of the problem (DEPSEC SPI, DFAT, Legal Rep)

    Session Two examines presents the logistic and sustainment challenges and potential solutions (CJLOG, CJOPS)

    Session Three examines the need for ongoing investment in digital transformation (Service Chiefs)

    • 26 Oct 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    • To Be Advised

    Financial members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Sir Richard Williams Foundation.

    The following AGM documents will be be available in due course: 

    • Formal Notice of the 2022 AGM

    • Board nomination form 2022

    • Agenda
    • Draft 2021 AGM Minutes
    • Proxy Voting Form
    • Audited Financial Report 2021/22
    • Special Resolutions - Proposed Changes to the Constitution
    • Strategic Outlook 2021-2023
    • Membership and Activities Overview 2021/22
    • Proxy Forms 
    • 30 Nov 2022
    • 12:15 PM - 2:30 PM
    • Boathouse by the Lake, ACT

    Speaker details will be advised shortly.

    Inquiries: info@williamsfoundation.org.au

Past events

24 Mar 2022 Conference: Accelerating the Transition to a Networked, Integrated Force
02 Mar 2022 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: CDRE Andrew Quinn RAN
01 Dec 2021 Conference: The Requirements of a Sovereign Defence Space Capability
23 Nov 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The ADF’s Strategy - Where is the force going? Where are the gaps? What are the priorities? AVM Steven ‘Zed’ Roberton, DSC, AM
18 Nov 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The ADF’s Strategy - Where is the force going? Where are the gaps? What are the priorities? AVM Steven ‘Zed’ Roberton, DSC, AM
05 Oct 2021 Annual General Meeting
19 May 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: Lessons for Australia’s FADT policy from COVID with Senator the Hon. David Fawcett
08 Apr 2021 Conference: Next Generation Autonomous Systems
25 Feb 2021 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: The Australian Defence Force’s Current Operational Commitments - LTGEN Greg Bilton AO, CSC
01 Dec 2020 Errol McCormack Members' Lunch with AIRCDRE Chris Westwood (Ret'd): Characterising the 5th Gen Air Battle Space
28 Oct 2020 Annual General Meeting
20 May 2020 Errol McCormack Lunch Series
26 Feb 2020 Errol McCormack Lunch Series: Air Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC
12 Nov 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Advanced Attack Helicopters in the Amphibious Role with LtGen George J. Trautman
24 Oct 2019 Seminar: The Requirements of Fifth Generation Manoeuvre
22 Oct 2019 2019 Annual General Meeting
07 Aug 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Coalition Warfighting and Pacific AOR Interoperability with LTG Michael Oates (Ret'd)
16 Jul 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: Royal Australian Navy: Future vision and Headmark 2022 with VADM Michael Noonan AO RAN, Chief of Navy
07 May 2019 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: Modernising the ADF in a time of Accelerated Warfare - Major General Kathryn Toohey, AM, CSC
11 Apr 2019 Seminar: Hi-Intensity Operations and Sustaining Self Reliance
12 Feb 2019 Williams Foundation Lunch: 5th Generation Workforce with AIRCDRE Geoffrey Harland AM, CSC, DSM
13 Nov 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Experiences of an Australian CAOC Director during Operation Okra with Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Meredith, AM, DSM
30 Oct 2018 2018 Annual General Meeting
23 Aug 2018 Seminar: The Imperative for an Independent Deterrent: A Joint Strike Seminar
07 Aug 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Australian Defence Industry Small, Medium Enterprises; Plan Jericho Innovation and Opportunity
08 May 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch with Air Commodore Joe ‘Vinny’ Iervasi, AM: Air Warfare Centre — Jericho in Action
22 Mar 2018 Seminar: The Requirements of High Intensity Warfare
13 Feb 2018 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air C2: Lessons from OKRA - Air Commodore Robert Chipman, CSC
31 Oct 2017 2017 Annual General Meeting
23 Aug 2017 Seminar: A New Approach, and Attitude, to Electronic Warfare In Australia
02 Aug 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Joint Integration: A Practioner's Perspective - VADM David Johnston AM, RAN
19 Jul 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Lunch with Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, AC Chief of the Defence Force
20 Jun 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: A Learning Curve for the Swiss Air Force
11 Apr 2017 Williams Foundation Seminar: Air / Sea / Land: Integrated Force 2030
15 Feb 2017 Williams Foundation Lunch: Air Vice-Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO, DSC
25 Oct 2016 2016 Annual General Meeting
04 Oct 2016 Williams Foundation Lunch: Connecting the ADF: Challenge or Opportunity? Three decades of insights and lessons learned
13 Sep 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Jericho - an Update'
23 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Members Lunch: 'Where to with CASG' with Kim Gillis
10 Aug 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Sea
17 Mar 2016 Williams Foundation Seminar: New Thinking on Air-Land
23 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Dinner with Lt Gen Christopher Bogdan, United States Air Force
16 Feb 2016 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: Air Vice-Marshal Warren McDonald, AM, CSC - RAAF Air Mobility
08 Sep 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: RADM Tony Dalton Romeo Introduction into Service
06 Aug 2015 RAAF Plan Jericho Half Day Public Seminar
10 Jun 2015 Williams Foundation Dinner with Chief of Air Force
03 Jun 2015 LVC Seminar
17 Apr 2015 Symposium: Integrating Innovative Airpower
15 Apr 2015 Williams Foundation Members Luncheon: AIRCDRE Steve "Zed" Roberton AM
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