Air­force ad­ven­ture con­tin­ues for Rus­sell

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page - BY RACHEAL WIL­LETT

Yar­ra­wonga’s Rus­sell Crothers and his fam­ily are busy set­tling into life in Townsville this week af­ter mak­ing the next big step in his ca­reer in the Air­force.

Rus­sell, youngest son of Jo and Kay Crothers, joined the Air­force as a ma­ture-age re­cruit, seek­ing sta­bil­ity and a good ca­reer tra­jec­tory for the sup­port of his fam­ily.

“I thought about join­ing the Air­force when I was 19 but I was young and couldn’t re­ally get my­self sorted out so didn’t take up the op­por­tu­nity.

“Af­ter hav­ing a few dif­fer­ent jobs (in­clud­ing a stint in China as a jet ski stunt man) I was in­ter­ested in get­ting an ap­pren­tice­ship of some sort but there weren’t a lot of op­tions for a ma­ture-aged po­si­tion,” said Rus­sell, 38.

“I knew I wanted to try some­thing, so I joined the Air­force and took on train­ing as a diesel me­chanic (Ground Sup­port Equip­ment Tech­ni­cian).”

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing with his train­ing unit at the RAAF Base in Wagga Wagga in 2016 and be­ing pre­sented with the ‘Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers Good Show’ award for his out­stand­ing per­for­mance, Rus­sell headed to Latch­ford Bar­racks at Bonegilla for con­tin­ued trade train­ing.

He re­cently graduated, once again with spe­cial dis­tinc­tion tak­ing out the ‘Se­nior Instructor’s Award’ for av­er­ag­ing above 95% in his course as­sess­ments.

“The train­ing at Bonegilla was ba­si­cally like the equiv­a­lent of an ap­pren­tice do­ing trade school – we do that all in one stint then head off for prac­ti­cal train­ing,” Rus­sell said.

“We had a lot of op­tions as to where I could be sta­tioned and even­tu­ally we set­tled on Townsville.”

Rus­sell will con­tinue his train­ing in Townsville, work­ing on a wide-range of ma­chin­ery and equip­ment utilised at the Air­force base over the next 12 months with the pos­si­bil­ity of stay­ing on af­ter his train­ing is com­plete.

Rus­sell, wife Tina, and kids Brit­tney 15, Kae­mon 14, We­ston 4 and Macken­zie 2, will then de­cide on the next chap­ter in their ad­ven­ture.

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