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AIR FORCE September 17, 2009
SGT Paula Ivanovic is one of few
women in a male-dominated job, es-
pecially now she's working as a C-17
loadmaster in Afghanistan.
She has dealt with some big loads.
"I have taken part in the load train-
ing of three Black Hawks and an
Abrams tank, and we've transported
heaps of helicopters -- Black Hawks,
Seahawks and Chinooks," she said.
She was also one of the loadmas-
ters who brought the Navy's new
submarine rescue system to Australia
from Scotland. More recently, SGT
Ivanovic has found herself flying
into Afghanistan airspace, supporting
Australian diggers on the ground.
"You could say that flying into the
Australian bases at Tarin Kowt and
Kandahar was a career highlight," she
The airstrip at Tarin Kowt, where
the majority of diggers are based in
Afghanistan, is still a dirt airstrip
-- presenting a range of extra chal-
lenges for SGT Ivanovic and her
"Our pilots do an extraordinary
job. We are briefed extensively on the
threat from the Taliban, but being in
the military is about making the com-
mitment to train for such situations.
"You are definitely aware that the
threat exists, but our pilots are more
than capable and the aircraft are pre-
pared," she said.
SGT Ivanovic is one of only two
female loadmasters in the Air Force.
"It's a physically demanding job.
It can be hot, you do get sweaty, it is
taxing on the body, and flying around
at altitude can take it out of you," she
"You have to have integrity; if
you've done something wrong you
have to be able to put your hand up
and admit it.
"I do my best to stay fit and live
a relatively healthy lifestyle, and I'm
sure some of my male counterparts
find it just as demanding.
"I am lucky, though. When I started
my loadmaster career on the C-130H
aircraft, I had some great male load-
masters to teach me and pass on their
"That grounding has been very val-
in the cargo
eye over the
unloading of a
Air Force members deliver the goods
C-17 CO-PILOT FLGOFF
Steven Hall had no doubt when he
was training which aircraft he want-
ed to fly.
"As soon as I found out the Air
Force was going to purchase the C-
17 I decided that was it," he said.
In his role working in the
MEAO, FLGOFF Hall has delivered
essential equipment and supplies
from Australia to Operation Slipper
"I like being here to help the
guys on the ground in Afghanistan,
delivering vehicles and equipment.
It's a good feeling. We know we're
helping out, we love doing it and
the C-17 is a great capability."
ANOTHER C-17 pilot, SQNLDR
Travis Walters, said the most
rewarding part of his job was flying
into places like Afghanistan.
"There is some good flying,
like the approach into the dirt Tarin
Kowt runway, where there is plenty
to think about," he said.
"The C-17 is a great and pleasur-
able aircraft to fly.
"It's good to do our bit. It's what
we train for and we can
make a difference to our
guys with the support we
can provide them."
Walters was at school, he
wanted to be fighter pilot.
He achieved that aim
by flying F/A-18s for six
years, later converting to
WOFF Michael Wilson,
on a return deployment
from the MEAO, said
working in Afghanistan
was worlds apart from
"At this time of the
year it's stinking hot and
in the next few months
it'll be freezing cold."
"I've been coming
here for years with the C-
130 aircraft and the Royal
Air Force," he said.
"It's not mind bog-
glingly new for me, but I
treat it [Afghanistan] with
a great deal of respect."
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