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June 7, 2012
Who's leaving after 20+ years' service
SGT Peter Gooch
FSGT Peter Finch
WGCDR Gregory Rawlinson
WOFF Gino Micallef
SQNLDR Michael Cox
WGCDR Sharyn Bolitho
GPCAPT Krista Thompson
FLTLT Bradley Billing
FSGT Craig Maxwell
FLTLT Rowan McKay
SGT Vito Urbano
WGCDR Pierre Blais
SQNLDR Shane Bryant
FSGT Tamara Hall
SGT Kevin Inglis
CPL Ian Watson
From left, the
president of the
FLTLT Sarah-Jane Leech
ASPIRING female pilots are benefit-
ing from a new Air Force scholarship
established in partnership with the
Australian Women Pilots' Association
Director General Logistics Air
Force AIRCDRE Peter Brennan pre-
sented the inaugural awards to Ms
Mia Butler and Ms Nicole Forrester
at the AWPA Annual Conference in
Bunbury, Western Australia, from
April 18 to 21.
The new scholarships aim to assist
women in developing their flying
skills and possibly pursuing a career
with Air Force.
They provide funding to assist an
AWPA member in achieving a forma-
tion or aerobatic endorsement through
a civilian flight training school, or in
meeting flight training costs associ-
ated with the navigation components
of their private pilot's licence.
The awards, open to members of
AWPA under 25, are based on aca-
demic achievements, leadership skills
and passion and ambition in pursuing
an aviation career.
In his presentation speech,
AIRCDRE Brennan spoke of the sig-
nificant cultural changes that he had
observed during his career and out-
lined the raft of Air Force initiatives
designed to increase women's partici-
pation in flying roles.
He found the event to be extremely
"These are amazing, adventurous
women from a wide range of aviation
contexts across Australia ... they are
passionate supporters of Defence avia-
tion and greatly appreciate Air Force's
close involvement in their organisa-
tion," he said.
Founded in 1950 by pioneering avia-
trix Nancy Bird-Walton with 35 mem-
bers, AWPA is a national organisation
which now has 498 in branches in all
states and territories.
Air Force continues to forge close
ties with the AWPA.
Air Force funds AWPA annual
membership for all Air Force pilots
and ADFA officer cadets hoping to
Air Force pilots and cadets seek-
ing funded AWPA membership
should send an email to WGCDR Dee
Gibbon, Deputy Director of Air Force
Workforce Diversity, at dee.gibbon@
Further information about AWPA, includ-
ing scholarships and awards, is available
THE Defence Community Organisation is planning to
hold a forum later this year to build on projects and
ideas established during the Defence Family Forum
at Darling Harbour in Sydney.
The three-day Sydney forum explored the future
of military family support.
Families from all over Australia attended from
Opening the forum, CDF GEN David Hurley
acknowledged the commitment, support and sacri-
fices made by Defence families.
"I encourage families to be proactive -- it takes
courage, but it leads to a sense of belonging, not
only in the Defence family, but in our community."
For more information on the 28 projects planned at the
coming forum, go to www.defence.gov.au/dco and click
on Defence Family Forum.
Building on family ideas
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