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90TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
March 31, 2011
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ACs BRENDON and Peter Batch-
eldor are taking up their place
within a family heritage that has
almost as much collective history
as the Air Force's 90 years.
The two brothers were in
sister courses during recruit train-
ing at Wagga and graduated on
December 1 -- with all members of
the family in attendance.
They are the latest of the
Batcheldor family to don the Air
Force blue uniform and are currently
in training at their respective trade
They join their dad, FLTLT
Ronald Batcheldor, 27 years in the
Air Force family; mum FLGOFF
and AC Peter
with their mother
Photo courtesy the
Vicci Haffenden, almost 15 years;
uncle WOFF Stephen Batcheldor, 32
years; and auntie SGT Jessica Carr,
almost 13 years.
With such a long military pedigree
you could say it was almost a given
that Brendon and Peter would follow
the family tradition.
"Family was a big influence,"
Brendon said. "I got a big insight into
what the Air Force was like and from
that made my own decision when I
was about seven years old."
Brendon enlisted on September
21 last year and is completing his
32-week CISCON (Communication
Information System Control) course
at Simpson Barracks in Melbourne.
He said there had already been
many highlights, even in his short
career, but graduating with brother
Peter and meeting CAF AIRMSHL
Mark Binskin "was a biggie".
"Stuff from rookies that bring you
together like teamwork, the obstacle
course and bush phase -- they will stay
with me for a long time. And it's really
good that most of my friends from rook-
ies are on the course with me."
The lifestyle was an attraction for
Peter. "Definitely," he said. "If you
looked at the standard civilian job
there was just nothing to compare to
what Defence could offer."
Peter is in the 12th week of his
18-month avionics course at the
RAAF School of Technical Training
Peter, too, counts graduating with
Brendon and sharing it with the fam-
ily as "a proud moment" and also
rates the camaraderie of service life as
a high point.
"With recruits it was like we became
one big family, because it was about
team building and finding out more
"It gave me more confidence and I
felt like I belonged."
It is a sense of purpose that Peter
can trace back to his youth and the
"When I had a pupil-free day I
would watch dad and there always
seemed to be something important
to everything -- there is a purpose
for what you do."
In any case, the latest additions
to the Air Force family seem des-
tined to continue the Batcheldor
commitment to the Air Force for
Both Brendon and Peter are
very happy with their lives in the
Air Force and cannot imagine a
time just yet when they will be
leaving the service.
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