Gawler’s town spirit, street parties and school fetes, are the fond memories that Pamela Wittmann often recalls while serving in Afghanistan with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The Air Force Flight Lieutenant is currently posted to Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan, as part of Australia’s commitment to the International Campaign Against Terrorism.
As an Aviation Nursing Officer and Aeromedical Evacuation Specialist her contribution to the ADF mission is significant.
“I am involved in the tactical aeromedical evacuation of patients from Afghanistan to hospitals in either Germany or the United Arab Emirates,” she said.
“I also support the Australian Health Facility at Camp Baker and volunteer at the Kandahar Role 3 Hospital, where I spend time with the trauma team inside the Emergency Department,” she said.
That is a considerable responsibility for someone who’s working life started as a part-time employee at KFC in Gawler and ten-years in the Girl Guides.
The nature of Pamela’s role in Afghanistan sees the former Gawler High School student utilise every aspect of her extensive medical training to treat trauma injuries.
Pam, 28, said will not forget her experiences in Afghanistan any time soon.
“The main memories for me are conducting multiple aeromedical evacuations on different aircraft for patients in their time of need,” she said.
“I also won’t forget the camaraderie of working with military medical specialists from across the coalition forces.”
This isn’t the Air Force Officer’s first time on operations, in 2012 she deployed to Nepal as part of Exercise PACIFIC ANGEL and she was previously part of Operation SLIPPER back in 2010, based at Al Minhad Air Base.
“Following this deployment, I’m looking forward to spending time with family and friends and meeting my brother and sister in law’s new twin babies,” she said.