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April 11, 2013
THE Air Force WINGs program is set-
ting the gold standard when it comes
to women's networking.
WINGs (Women's Integrated
Networking Group), which has been
running for more than a year, was
recently announced by Defence People
Group as the template to be rolled
out across the Navy, Army and Public
Director General Personnel -- Air
Force (DGPERS-AF) AIRCDRE
Bob Rodgers said it was an amazing
achievement for Air Force.
"When we first started this pro-
gram back in August 2011, we weren't
sure what it would look like, but we
knew that women wanted a greater
chance for networking with each
other," AIRCDRE Rodgers said.
"Some women had never had a
chance to meet the senior women on
base, or even knew there were other
women employed in their mustering.
Now they are connected -- this is a fan-
Developed as a direct result of
feedback during focus groups held by
DGPERS-AF with Air Force women,
WINGs is a 10-month program with
a two-hour facilitated session once a
month, held over lunch periods to min-
imise impact on units.
The program offers the chance to
hear from invited guest speakers from
within Defence and external organisa-
tions about issues affecting women and
their careers, with a dedicated theme
for each session.
The program also provides the
opportunity to discuss issues affect-
ing women in the workplace, while
also creating networks with Air Force
women from their geographical loca-
tion.The WINGs program is open to all
women and is not rank or employment
Program Coordinator SQNLDR
Jade Deveney said the cornerstone of
success of the program was the inter-
action of women during the sessions.
"The sessions are not designed
where notes can be taken and given
to others who do not attend -- women
need to participate and be involved to
get the benefit from the networking,
which is what most women said they
are looking for in WINGs," she said.
GPCAPT Sue McGready, of the
WINGs group at Richmond, said men-
toring was an investment in yourself
and others and which would one day
deliver great returns.
"The greatest legacy we can leave
in the Air Force is the people we have
led and mentored; their quality is part-
ly a reflection of our contribution to
their development," she said.
SQNLDR Deveney encouraged all
Air Force women to consider getting
involved in the program.
"Even if you feel as though there
is nothing to be gained personally for
you, think about what you can bring
to the WINGs program by mentoring
and helping junior women," SQNLDR
"This is particularly applicable
to women who are employed in non-
traditional roles, or are isolated from
other women in their particular role."
WINGs is now also open to APS
women who work within Air Force
Who to call
Program coordinator SQNLDR Jade
Deveney, 0459 802 862.
Amberley SQNLDR September
Clare, (07) 5361 3275.
Canberra WGCDR Barbara Courtney,
(02) 6265 5479.
Darwin WGCDR Desiree Watson,
(08) 8923 5934.
East Sale SGT Amanda Jackson,
(03) 5146 6294.
Edinburgh SQNLDR Anneka Deaton,
0412 230 499.
Pearce FLTLT Linda Figgins, (08)
9571 5101 and WOFF Jen Riches, (08)
Richmond and Glenbrook SQNLDR
Del Gaudry, 0447 995 487 and
SQNLDR Tania Hunter, (02) 4726
Tamworth FLTLT Janine McMullan,
0448 083 972.
Tindal SQNLDR Mel Page, (08)
Townsville SQNLDR Tanya Kennedy,
(07) 4752 1701.
Williams/Melbourne WGCDR Judith
McCann, (03) 9256 3089.
Williamtown WGCDR Sue Yates,
BY EXAMPLE: 36SQN
C-17A pilots, from left,
FLTLT Natalie Pietrobon,
FLTLT Ali Torr and
Freebairn, who support
the WINGs program at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Photo: LACW Kylie Gibson
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