54 graduate from air base protection course
FAMILY and friends were among a large crowd at the graduation parade for the RAAF Gap Year Security Forces (SECFOR) Air Base Protection Course at Amberley.
Fifty-four graduating students fronted the parade reviewed by Combat Support Group Commander, Air Commodore Scott Winchester, at the RAAF Security and Fire School.
The students graduated from a 12-week course following a 13-week recruit course at RAAF Base Wagga. Students are now posted to operational units around Australia to complete their gap year training.
Parents Brett and Tina Anderson from Grenfell in NSW, said it was a proud moment for them as they watched their son Aircraftman Kyle Anderson graduate.
"Kyle found the course challenging, but after the initial period of adjustment to military life he found the course to be excellent," Mr Anderson said.
"Military service has featured in our family, but it was Kyle's own decision to pursue this opportunity."
Aircraftman Anderson said he had aspirations to be a pilot.
"I would really like to fly the C-17A Globemaster, but after this experience any RAAF career will do me, and I intend to continue with the air force when the gap year is finished," he said.
"The course has been a great experience, much better than just being at university or partying all the time."
The RAAF Gap Year SECFOR Air Base Protection Course provides training in skill sets needed for roles including Air Base Protection, Airfield Defence Guard and Air Force Security. Training includes basic operating and safety relevant to day-to-day security on an air base.