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May 9, 2013
TEAMWORK: Above, School of Postgraduate
Studies facilitator SGT Heather Marsh briefs students
on a leadership exercise where they are required to
pass each student through a tyre.
ALL DRESSED UP: Left, FLTLT Stuart Whitaker, of
the Munitions Branch, demonstrates a blast suit to
HAVE A GO: Above, 37SQN loadmaster SGT Alysa Owen shows students the seating on a
C-130J Hercules at RAAF Base Richmond.
Photos: CPL Amanda Campbell
HANDS ON: Above, aircraft
life support fitter LACW Crissy
Hepworth, of 37SQN, shows
students the components of a
KEEPING FIT AND HAVING
FUN: Left, Tanika Davis-
Lonesborough is all smiles as
she carries out the flexed arm
hang while PTI CPL Cassie
Fien times her, and below,
students do sit-ups as part of
the Air Force Physical Fitness
Test in the Richmond gym.
The latest RAAFIYP program was the first to
be run with only female participants, reinforcing
Defence and aviation careers in non-traditional
roles for young women.
During the camp, the students were visited by
NSW Governor Professor Marie Bashir, Defence
Science and Personnel Minister Warren Snowdon
and Air Commander Australia AVM Mel Hupfeld.
They were also joined by Air Force's inaugural
Indigenous Elder, Uncle Harry Allie, who was
keen to share the insights of his 23 years of Air
Since retiring in 1989 as a warrant officer,
Uncle Harry has maintained strong links with the
Defence and indigenous communities.
"I still count bringing the F-111 to Australia
and serving in Malaysia as some of my career
highlights," Uncle Harry said.
"Probably my proudest moment was being a
warrant officer -- being able to lead within your
workplace and providing an example to the young
Uncle Harry said his desire to join Air Force
was motivated by the wartime service of two of
his uncles and an auntie -- all of whom are indig-
WGCDR Lisa Jackson-Pulver, Indigenous
Adviser to Air Force, said that many indigenous
Australians consider a career in Defence because
of that family link.
"A lot of young Aboriginal people have never
had the narrative at the dinner table of 'you can do
this or do that,' " WGCDR Jackson Pulver said.
The RAAFIYP is an important part of estab-
lishing that link, and draws on the invaluable
experience of WGCDR Jackson Pulver.
An Air Force reservist, she is also Inaugural
Chair of Indigenous Health and a Professor of
Public Health at the University of NSW (UNSW).
The RAAFIYP is based on a similar UNSW
program that exposes indigenous youths to uni-
versity lifestyle through a one-week residential
"They get a taste of what university life is like,
they go home, they talk to their families about
university life and of the courses they are inter-
ested in. They study hard, and they work towards
entering university," WGCDR Jackson Pulver
Air Force hopes to enjoy similar success to
the UNSW program through RAAFIYP, exposing
indigenous youth to the lifestyle benefits inherent
"Some of these young people may well
become Air Force members in time -- all of them
will be seriously thinking about aviation careers
and the hundreds of jobs that they can have,"
WGCDR Jackson Pulver said.
"You can bet that cousins, nieces and nephews,
brothers and sisters will be hearing these stories,
and that will be out in their community.
"The sky is the limit."
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