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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
As reserves . . . Country Music Queen The Royal Australian Air Force employs about 2,800 Air Force Reservists in a wide range of roles. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is a supportive employer of the RAAF Reserve Program and is proud to be involved through Safety Manager Robert Jenkins. Rob has been a Reser vist for 5 years, his rank is Flying Officer and his primary role is an Operations Officer (OPSO). In this role he is trained to support air operations. He assists in the mission planning, tasking, co-ordination and monitoring of air operations with his squadron at Williamtown. The RAAF Reser ves have provided Rob with valuable training and skills such as teamwork, leadership, planning, organisation and the ability to cope under pressure. All these skills are directly transferable to his role with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Defence Reservists make a commitment to train and serve in the defence and protection of Australia. The support of employers, such as the WRHS, as well as the community, is vital. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) is increasingly drawing on the skills and expertise of these part-time military personnel to maintain the ADF’s capability. Over the last couple of years Rob has been on several deployments including in July 2011 ‘Exercise Talisman The Service’s Melanie Hussey (right) was one of 35 entrants in this year’s Tamworth Country Music Festival. Mel works as a trainee receptionist at the New England North West office of the Service at Tamworth Airport. She is studying for her Certificate III in Business Administration with NENW Group Training. Sabre’, a US led Australian supported exercise to improve combat training, readiness and interoperability, across the spectrum of military operations from conventional conflict to peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance efforts. He was deployed as a Watchkeeper in the Shoal Water Bay area in Nor th Queensland and worked alongside other RAAF, Army, Navy & US Marines personnel. For more information about Defence Force Reserves and becoming a supportive employer go to www.defence.gov.au/reserves On behalf of the Service, Chief Pilot Mike de Winton (centre left) and Crew Chief Peter Cummings (centre right) accept a plaque of appreciation from Air Vice Marshall Mel Hupfeld (left) for the Service’s support of the RAAF Reserves and the active involvement of the Service’s Safety Manager Robert Jenkins (right). Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012 Page 13
Winter 2012 redo