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Coomara Munro - Tamworth

Sergeant (SGT) Coomara Munro from Tamworth, now posted to RAAF base Wagga, hopes to participate in NAIDOC Week activities with the local Wiradjuri people.

The 31-year-old Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) member is a descendant of the Gumbaynggirr people. SGT Munro believes NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage.

"NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity to network and spread positive messages about key Indigenous issues and overall survival.

"It a chance for our communities to come together and participate in local events to commemorate our nation's traditional history," says SGT Munro.

SGT Munro's career in the RAAF has been a significant one. He has deployed on several occasions to locations such as the Middle East, Timor Leste, Pakistan, Malaysia and Guam.

"My most memorable experience occurred during Operation Pakistan Assist II in 2010, I witnessed an unwell child successfully receive medical attention from ADF members.

"Later that day the child's parents returned to thank me for being there to help.

"Even though I had not directly helped their child, the tearful and humble look on their faces made me feel as though I had made a positive difference in their lives," says SGT Munro.

SGT Munro specialises as an Airfield Defence Guard and he has received much recognition for his efforts offshore and within Australia. He has received numerous medals including the Australian Defence Medal and the Iraq Medal.

The former Carunya Christian School student joined the RAAF in 2003, is now based at the Recruit Training Unit at RAAF Base Wagga. He is responsible for supervising and conducting ground training for new RAAF recruits.

"The opportunity to serve in the Royal Australian Air Force is something I am extremely proud of.

"I know that by doing my job well I can influence others within the ADF and provide a positive image of my service and the Gumbaynggirr people," says SGT Munro.