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NOT only is ACW Melissa Roberts one
of the few female members to choose
the firefighter mustering as a career, she
is following in her family's footsteps.
Her father, WOFF Brian Roberts,
who was a firefighter for more than 35
years, watched her graduate from the
RAAF's School of Fire and Security at
RAAF Base Amberley on June 23.
Also in Air Force blue is her
younger brother LAC Jason Roberts,
who is an aircraft technician at RAAF
ACW Roberts said following the
lead of her father was something she
had considered in high school before
going on to complete a university
degree. When her brother joined up,
she was inspired again.
"After going to his graduation at
RAAF Base Wagga and then watching
him and Dad march on Anzac Day, my
interest grew again," ACW Roberts
"Then, Dad got me an invitation to
attend an Exercise Executive Stretch
weekend in Melbourne. I was hooked
and applied the following Monday.
"I researched all the musterings and
firefighting interested me the most. So
that was my number-one choice and
I was determined to become a fire-
"Graduating from the course was
an amazing feeling and I was proud
to march in front of Dad and to have
completed the course which he had
done years before."
WOFF Roberts, now a reservist with
the Air Force Training Wing, was happy
she had joined his mustering.
"I am very proud of her achieve-
ments: after she enlisted, on the day
and now as she goes on in the muster-
ing," WOFF Roberts said.
ACW Roberts does not see an issue
in being one of only a few female fire-
fighters in the Air Force.
"I realised that in any mustering
there was going to be a higher ratio of
males to females and it didn't bother
me, considering that it could be like
that in any workplace.
"There were two other females on
my course and I'd spoken to a reservist
female firefighter before I joined."
ACW Roberts has posted to RAAF
Base Tindal and is working as part of a
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: WOFF Brian Roberts shares a moment with his
daughter ACW Melissa Roberts after her graduation.
Photo: LAC Benjamin Evans
I realised that
in any muster-
ing there was
going to be a
of males to
females and it
ing that it
could be like
that in any
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