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By SBLT Carolyn Docking
TWO Tasmanian schools and Australian
Medical Students Association confer-
ence delegates were treated to a visit by
the A109E in early July.
Navy Community Engagement
Program Coordinator, LEUT Lisa
Haynes, was quick to secure the helicop-
ter for school visits.
The A109E visited private boys'
school Hutchins and landed on their
school oval, much to the delight of
watching junior school boys.
Crew pilot, LEUT Joshua Slaytor,
and observers, LEUT Trine Themsen and
LEUT Will Calvert, were kept busy for
over an hour answering a range of ques-
tions from pint-sized boys and showing
them inside the helicopter.
The kids were delighted to be given
rulers and highlighters from NCEP rep-
resentatives AB Timothy Howard and LS
Brendan Elliss as they disembarked the
A small group of year five students
were also shown the helicopter as old
Hutchins scholar LEUT Will Calvert's
young cousin attends the school.
The afternoon visit was to Kingston
High School, 15 minutes south of
Year 10 student Baden Oakley was
very interested in the visit as he has been
in the Air Force Cadets for over a year
and plans to join the Air Force after fin-
"It's pretty good [the A109E] and
much better than being in maths extend-
ed," he said.
The next day the A109E landed at
Hobart Showgrounds for a morn-
ing of disaster scenarios set up for stu-
dents attending the Australian Medical
Students Association conference.
The helicopter provided the final dis-
aster scene for the students and some
were delighted to act as patients lying on
the ground or under the helicopter.
The A109E crew also got involved,
with LEUT Slaytor lying on the ground
as a casualty and LEUT Ben Martin, who
had only arrived that morning, being a
casualty inside the helicopter.
University of Tasmania students
Emma Mortyn and Ellyn Palfreman said
there had been nine different stations and
teams were given 10 minutes to fix the
"There are three clinical and three
university students in each team," Ms
Three members of the Defence Force
Recruiting Specialist Recruiting Team
were also on hand to answer questions
from interested students.
The DFR team comprising LCDR
Matt Keogh, SQNLDR Michele Cole
and MAJ Gina Tilbrook also ran a
recruiting stand for the duration of the
week-long conference held at Wrest
LCDR Keogh has been in the team
since its inception in 2008.
"The Specialist Recruiting Team
have high priority targets such as medi-
cal, engineering and trades, because it
was determined they needed their own
recruiting focus," LCDR Keogh said.
LCDR Keogh said the aim of being at
the conference was to promote the ADF
Undergraduate Program to the medical
"We have had a trade display, spon-
sored a careers workshop and been
involved in running this emergency med-
ical challenge at the showgrounds," he
"We take interested students details
and contact them at a later date, then
get a medical person from one of the
Services to chat with them and organise a
visit to a base.
"There has been pretty good interest
at this conference and it is a good oppor-
tunity for us to demystify a lot of the
information that is out there."
A109E visits Apple Isle
FAMILY TIES: Hutchins year five student Hamish
McCulloch with his cousin, 723 Squadron observ-
er, LEUT Will Calvert.
INSET LEFT: Students bombard pilot, LEUT
Joshua Slaytor, with questions during the visit.
INSET ABOVE: 723 Squadron observer LEUT
Will Calvert, pilot LEUT Joshua Slaytor and
observer LEUT Trine Themsen.
Photos: SBLT Carolyn Docking
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