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CPL Melanie Schinkel
AGE is no barrier for 33SQN's LACW
Katherine Langmaid, who turned 51 re-
cently during the aircrew environmental
and combat survival courses at RAAF
Base Townsville's Combat Survival
The mother of four adult sons joined
the Air Force as a clerk supply at 45
but remustered to crew attendant after
a five-month deployment to the MEAO.
Despite being dirty, sweaty and
smelly, LACW Langmaid was thrilled
to complete the solo jungle phase of the
environmental survival course.
"I'm so pleased with myself. I got
through it and I feel fine," LACW
"I know I'm not the usual candidate
for these courses but I'm grateful I was
allowed to prove that I could do them.
They're definitely the best courses I
have done in the Air Force so far and
the instructors were exceptional."
She said both courses were manda-
tory for ADF aircrew and they taught
her how to survive if something hap-
pened to the aircraft.
"I now have the knowledge to sur-
vive in different situations.
"The skills I learnt on these courses
can be easily applied to normal every-
day life now.
"The courses also made me aware
of my limitations and forced me to dis-
cover what I was really capable of when
push came to shove. I also discovered
that I'm not very good at catching yab-
bies or fish."
Although many of LACW
Langmaid's course-mates were half her
age, she said she did not feel "out of
place" because they included her in eve-
rything they did.
"I had to put in at least three times
more effort than they did to match
their fitness levels. But it was worth
it because I feel great. I love PT and I
try to keep myself in the best condition
possible," she said.
A former hairdresser
and chef, LACW
Langmaid has one
son in the Navy and
another in the Army
She said she
decided to join the ADF
after hearing about the
they were doing as
part of their everyday
"We were all sitting
at the dinner table one
night and I announced
'I'm joining the
"They all went
silent but my two
serving sons looked
at each other and said
'Well, you're going to
have to join the Air
Force because you're
not coming with us'.
Apparently, it's not a
good look having your
mother on the same
watch as you."
LACW Langmaid has returned to
33SQN at RAAF Base Amberley and
is building up airtime to earn the crew
For information on the Combat Survival
Training School, including future
courses, visit http://intranet.defence.
Mum proves a point
FIRE FOR SURVIVAL: LACW
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