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May 9, 2013
Sky is the
LIKE most teenage girls, 15-year-old Marnya
Butler had little idea Air Force careers extended
Being an indigenous Australian, Marnya is
part of a community that does not commonly
pursue an Air Force career.
From April 16-19, Marnya was part of a
group of nine teenage girls who experienced Air
Force life first-hand at RAAF Base Richmond,
participating in the RAAF Indigenous Youth
The exposure provided a massive insight into
the multitude of jobs required within Air Force.
"We only thought that (Air Force) had to fly
planes or shoot guns," Marnya said.
"We didn't know that there are things like a
fire brigade or police in the Air Force."
The RAAFIYP is an example of the strong
relationship Air Force is building with the indig-
enous community, from which both the commu-
nity and Air Force expect to benefit.
Run as a four-day intensive camp, the latest
RAAFIYP follows two similar programs held in
The students were flown to Richmond by
Boorowa Aviation, an initiative which also
encourages indigenous youth to consider
careers in aviation. For some, it was their first
Air Force works closely with indigenous
communities, including the Illawarra Aboriginal
Corporation and Boorowa Aviation, to provide
opportunities for shaping future careers. Those
communities take responsibility for sourcing and
screening the RAAFIYP participants. They also
provide and fund mentors to accompany the stu-
dents on the program.
WGCDR Barb Wells, Deputy Director of
Indigenous Engagement for Air Force, said the
program was initiated 18 months ago.
"The genesis for the program was the Air
Force strategy for indigenous engagement, titled
Our Place, Our Skies," WGCDR Wells said.
In 2007, the Council of Australian
Governments agreed to 'close the gap' between
the lifestyle and opportunities for indigenous
Australians and the non-indigenous community.
As an initiative to assist closing the gap, Our
Place, Our Skies was created to strengthen the
links between the indigenous and Air Force com-
The strategy includes creating new pathways
for indigenous Australians to join the Air Force,
with RAAFIYP effectively planting the seed for
an Air Force career.
"It's about encouraging young people to
understand the range of opportunities that are
open to them in Air Force, the aviation indus-
try generally and also in the broader military,"
WGCDR Wells said.
ON SHOW: Above,
FSGT David Turnbull, of
how the explosive
ordnance disposal robot
works; left, aircraft life
support fitter AC Joshua
Henderson, of 37SQN,
tightens the leg straps for
Shakiah Tungai as she
tries on a flotation suit.
ALL TOGETHER NOW: Above, NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir (in red), Air Force Indigenous Elder Uncle
Harry Allie (front, second from right), Auntie Sandra Lee from the Booroorgal people (front, second from left), Air Force
Indigenous Adviser WGCDR Lisa Jackson-Pulver (front centre) and ACAUST AVM Mel Hupfeld and his wife Louise
(back row centre) join students, mentors and staff involved in the RAAF Indigenous Youth Program at Richmond.
DOGGIE DISPLAY: Left, students watch the military working dog handlers carry out a demonstration with their dogs
on base during the four-day program.
Photos: CPL Amanda Campbell
NOT CAMERA SHY: Above,
Jocelyn Magrath, left, and Marnya
Butler test out a heat signature
camera at RAAF Base Richmond.
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