Over the September holidays this year (2017) I was lucky enough to go on my second General Service Training (GST) Camp, thanks to the Australian Air Force Cadets. For the duration of the 5-night camp I got to stay at RAAF Base Amberley – an active air force base near Ipswich – where I spent 3 nights in hard accommodation and 2 nights in a tent. Throughout the camp I was given the opportunity to see and do some once in a life time experiences that you simply cannot do anywhere else, and that was all thanks to the amazing staff who gave up their holidays to run the camp and coordinate with Air Force Personnel to ensure that the cadets had a truly amazing experience every single day!
Whilst on GST, each of the cadets got the chance to visit 33 SQN (KC-30’s) where we toured the inside of the aircraft, sat in the cockpit and looked at the ‘BOOM’ system and how it operated, 36 SQN (C-17’s) where we toured the inside of the aircraft and sat in the pilot’s seat, air traffic control tower and radar centre, RAAF Base Amberley’s Heritage centre and the military working dogs and their handler’s. We also got the opportunity to put ourselves to the test on the obstacle course over the pool, try our hand on a .22 calibre rifle, learn about the history of the Australian military as well as the customs and traditions, enhance our drill and ceremonial skills, develop leadership skills, eat some of the best food in Australia in the ‘sergeant’s and airmen’s mess’ and of course, meet cadets of different ranks from other squadrons located all over 2-wing (South-East Queensland).
This particular GST, the cadets were fortunate enough to be allowed to visit and tour 1 SQN (F/A-18F Super Hornets) – where we were close enough to be able to touch the nose of the aircraft – for the first time on a GST at Amberley.