Air Force job opens doors

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.’’

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