WOMEN IN THE ADF
The Defence Force Recruiting website says, “Right now, thousands of women of all ages and from every walk of life are enjoying rewarding careers in the Navy, Army and Air Force”.
CAPTION: Major Genevieve ‘Gen’ Rueger shows 6 Wing AAFC Cadets the Defence Force Recruiting Bell Jet Ranger III at the Barossa Air Show. Photo by Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig.
Some of the Australian Air Force Cadets from South Australia’s 6 Wing were on duty at the 2017 Barossa Air Show at Rowland Flat Airfield on 2 April and met with Adelaide local Army Major Genevieve ‘Gen’ Rueger of the Specialist Recruitment Team for Women in Defence Force Recruiting.
Major Rueger is a member of the Australian Army Aviation Corps and a Sikorsky S-70 Black Hawk pilot.
She graduated as a pilot in 2006, and joined the Special Operations and Counter Terrorism Helicopter Squadron in Sydney.
She has flown Blackhawks in support of ground troops and Special Forces, and has deployed on a number of domestic and international exercises and operations from Papua New Guinea to East Timor and Afghanistan.
She has completed more than 1500 hours flying S-70 Black Hawk, B206 Kiowa, AS350 Squirrel and R44 helicopters – a long journey from her early school years in the Adelaide Hills.
Gen has often been quoted as saying, “Being persistent is key to your success”.
The Cadets had a personalised tour of the Defence Force Recruiting Bell Jet Ranger III, the civilian equivalent of the Army’s Kiowa light observation helicopter.
Pilot Officer (AAFC) Paul Rosenzweig, 6 Wing Public Affairs & Communication Officer, said, “The opportunities for Cadets to explore options for a future career are almost endless. Through their service they get to sample almost all aspects of Service life”.
“In particular, the AAFC gives female cadets the opportunity to consider career pathways they may never have thought of,” he said.
“How many other 14 or 15 year olds get to learn about aero-engines or radio-controlled aircraft or be involved with aircraft modelling and flight simulators, while also developing their leadership potential.”
The Defence Force Recruiting website says, “The roles available to women in the ADF cover a wide range of trades, professions and technical disciplines – in areas you may not even have considered”.