If $a$ is a positive integer, then $3a^2+19a+30$ and $a^2+6a+9$ are also positive integers. We define the function $f$ such that $f(a)$ is the greatest common divisor of $3a^2+19a+30$ and $a^2+6a+9$. Find the maximum possible value of $f(a)- a$.

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