Home' Air Force News : June 23rd 2011 Contents Andrew Stackpool
A FORMER administration officer
turned legal officer who made history
by taking out the prestigious University
of New England Medal -- the first law
student to do so -- is looking forward
to a challenging career in his new spe-
FLTLT Anthony Marinac gradu-
ated with a Bachelor of Laws with
first class honours. Air Force spon-
sored him through the civil schooling
scheme for the final year of his degree.
He said he was "overwhelmed" to
receive the award.
"To be awarded the University
Medal was something I'd never hoped
for nor really considered as a possibil-
ity," FLTLT Marinac said.
"To receive the first medal awarded
to a law student was one of the most
signal moments of my life."
He commenced the degree [his
fourth, he already has a Bachelor of
Arts, Master of Management and
Doctorate in political science] in 2004,
three years before he joined the Air
He joined as a reservist operations
officer and attended Officers' Training
School (OTS) that year.
"I enjoyed the Air Force so much
that I switched to the PAF and from
operations officer to administration
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June 23, 2011
HIGH ACHIEVER: FLTLT Anthony Marinac is congratulated by the
University of New England's Chancellor, Dr Richard Torbay MP, left, and
the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Jim Barber.
Photo courtesy FLTLT Marinac
up to the
and public serv-
from APS 4 to EL1 are invited to
learn more about the application
of air power through the Advanced
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The next course will be held
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The Air Power Development
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It is designed to supplement
Australian Defence Organisation
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Members who wish to partici-
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an 18-week period.
Academic supervision for
the course will be provided by
Professor John McCarthy, a
noted academic in the field of
defence and air power, and Deputy
Director General Air Force Cadets
GPCAPT Phil Edwards.
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officer while I was at OTS," FLTLT
He then decided to change to legal
officer as he saw that commanders
and other personnel are operating in
an increasingly legally complex envi-
He is posted to Headquarters
Combat Support Group as a legal
officer and hopes to deploy on opera-
tions in the near future.
"There are heaps of opportunities
and challenges ahead but that is an
experience I could never have in civil-
ian practice," he said.
Air Force Legal Specialisation
Sponsor GPCAPT Christopher Ward
said FLTLT Marinac's previous ser-
vice and life experience would assist
him in a specialisation which requires
an officer to meet the demands of two
exacting disciplines in the professions
of arms and law.
"It is not particularly common
for officers of other specialisations
to become legal officers," GPCAPT
"It is not unprecedented, but most
of those did law in their own time
and at their own expense (not on civil
schooling), before applying to transfer
"The main reason for the modest
rate of specialisation transfers to legal
is that Air Force uses the undergradu-
ate scheme to recruit the majority of
its legal officers."
FLTLT Marinac said he was "most
grateful" to Air Force for the opportu-
nity to study via civil schooling.
"There is simply no way I could
have won the medal if I had been stud-
ying part-time, in the evenings, on my
own resources. One of the most out-
standing things about the Air Force is
its willingness to invest in training and
skilling its people -- I do not know of
many organisations that would be will-
ing to go to those lengths," he said.
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