Air Force job opens doors
Five years ago today Leading Aircraftsman ( LAC) Ahjah Paul joined the Air Force as a Logistics Specialist.
Little did the former Matamata College student suspect that five years later she would be sharing her culture in Washington DC in support of the US- NZ Pacific Partnership Forum, as a member of the Air Force Maori Culture Group (MCG).
‘‘I am very proud to have been chosen to represent the Air Force and New Zealand to share some of our culture at the Forum, alongside the Air Force Band,’’ LAC Paul said.
She joined the Air Force when she was 18.
‘‘ My day job involves organising the spare parts that are needed to keep our aircraft flying.
‘‘ I enjoy my career because the Air Force gives me opportunities for travel, sports and kapa haka.’’
Her iwi is Ngati Raukawa – Tainui.
Another aspect of LAC Paul’s job that she loves is having the opportunity to meet new people.
‘‘Service life as a whole has a great family feeling to it. We work hard and are disciplined and strive to achieve anything asked us.
‘‘I got to travel to Gallipoli for the 95th Anzac Day Commemorations and that has been a career highlight for me, and it has been great to travel to Washington too,’’ she said.
‘‘ I hope to deploy on future overseas operations and I would really like the chance to serve in Antarctica.
‘‘I would definitely recommend joining the Air Force and the MCG – they are like my second family.
‘‘I love the diversity of my role as a Logistics Specialist.’’