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Experience Program

Students Take To The Skies
At Army's 5th Aviation Regiment.

Capt Stephen Clements, Cpl Ross Mead, Cpl Joshua Byrnes and Lt Ryan Lugg, 5 Avn Regt, with work experience students, left, Jean-Pierre Stander, of Springfield Anglican College, Bowin Fielden, of Heatley Secondary College, Benjamin Wadhams, of Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Catrina Bird, of Heatley Secondary College, before the flight in an MRH-90.
Capt Stephen Clements, Cpl Ross Mead, Cpl Joshua Byrnes and Lt Ryan Lugg, 5 Avn Regt, with work experience students, left, Jean-Pierre Stander, of Springfield Anglican College, Bowin Fielden, of Heatley Secondary College, Benjamin Wadhams, of Matthew Flinders Anglican College and Catrina Bird, of Heatley Secondary College, before the flight in an MRH-90.

Four Queensland high school students had a rare first-hand look at careers in Army Aviation when they took to the skies in MRH-90 and CH-47 Chinook helicopters in Townsville recently.

The students were based at 5 Avn Regt while participating in the Defence Work Experience Program (DWEP). The program offers placements to high school students motivated towards a Defence career, giving them a strong insight into life in the ADF.

CO 5 Avn Regt, Lt Col Tony Dennis said the placement gave the students an opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of an Army aviation regiment and to whet their appetite before entering the Defence recruiting process.

"Over the course of the week, students were provided with a wide variety of experiences designed to enable them to gain confidence and make informed decisions as they transition into the workforce," Lt Col Dennis said.

"Of course their favourite part was to participate in both a Multi-Role Helicopter and CH-47 Chinook flight.

"These are some very promising young people who are now more motivated for a career in Defence."

DWEP Work Experience Liaison Officer Jo Heenan said it was believed to be the first time work experience students had flown in Army aircraft.

"It was a fantastic opportunity for the students, and we’re very grateful that the 5th Aviation Regiment could make it happen for us," Ms Heenan said.