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Coen Henry - Willmot

Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Coen Henry from Willmot in Western Sydney, participated in a NAIDOC Week Touch Football Championship to celebrate the very important week.

The 27-year-old Royal Australian Air Force member is a descendant of the Wiradjuri and Barkandji people. LAC Henry believes NAIDOC Week is about a nation celebrating and commemorating Indigenous culture and our country's heritage.

"NAIDOC Week is a time for reconciliation, where we can move forward and bridge the gap as a nation.

"I participated in a NAIDOC Week Touch Football Championship between the local Indigenous community, local Policemen and members of the RAAF base Williamtown Touch Football association," says Coen.

The former Blacktown Boys High School student specialises in logistics, which sees his skill set used for warehousing, procurement, inventory management and forklift operations. He is also required to participate in exercises and deployments.

LAC Henry has been acknowledged for his continuous ambition and commitment to serve his country both off shore and within Australia.

"For my service I have received the Australian Active Service Medal, the Afghanistan Medal and the Operational Service Medal.

"I strongly encourage all Indigenous people out there to pursue their dreams and never lose sight of their goals, no matter how big or small," says LAC Henry.