Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence – Next generation celebrates International Women’s Day

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The Hon Darren Chester MP

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11 March 2015

The Royal Australian Air Force today celebrated International Women’s Day with a Flight Camp for young women at RAAF Base East Sale.

Meeting the young women, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester said the future of aviation looked encouraging.

“It was great to see the interest from these young women as we toured the latest RAAF aircraft types, including a C-17A Globemaster and F/A-18A/B Hornets.

“These young women are highly motivated and interested in aviation. I’m sure they will have a bright career ahead of them.

“The Flight Camps are a great initiative by Air Force – providing young women aged between 16 and 18 years with the opportunity to explore aviation roles through a targeted experiential program,” Mr Chester said.

Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Geoff Brown AO said he was impressed by their motivation.

“Air Force Flight Camps provide young women with an opportunity to experience Air Force life—with a focus on non-traditional work opportunities in air crew, technical trades and engineering,” AIRMSHL Brown said.

“Meeting these young women, and seeing how motivated they are to succeed, makes me confident in the next generation of youth.

“I am hopeful that the opportunities they receive at the Flight Camp, including flying in Air Force aircraft and simulators, leadership activities and physical training, inspires them to consider a career in Air Force,” AIRMSHL Brown said.

Participants for the camp are from Western Australia, Victoria, NSW and the ACT.

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