Flight Lieutenant Jayden Hasemann, an engineer from 35 Squadron, recently found himself deployed on operation almost 4000 kilometres from home.
CAPTION: Flight Lieutenant Jayden Hasemann, from 35 Squadron, at Pohnpei International Airport, Micronesia. Story by Flight Lieutenant Dee Irwin. Photo by Leading Aircraftman Sam Price.
Visiting the Federated States of Micronesia for his first ever overseas deployment, Flight Lieutenant Hasemann was responsible for the aircraft maintenance and support to the C-27J Spartan flying operations as part of Operation Solania (Kuru Kuru).
Flight Lieutenant Hasemann said he found it a special trip, visiting a country few people know exist.
“Being based out of Pohnpei, in the Federated States of Micronesia, has been an absolutely wonderful experience,” he said.
“I’ve particularly enjoyed the community engagement aspect of the operation and the locals have welcomed us into their country with open arms – they are just the nicest people I have ever met.”
Growing up in Brisbane, his great grandfather served in World War 2 and Flight Lieutenant Hasemann proudly wore his medals every Anzac Day.
Inspired by his great grandfather’s service and with a keen interest in power supply and electrical distribution, he found his calling as an electronics engineer in the Air Force during a visit to a career expo.
Flight Lieutenant Hasemann joined the Air Force in 2014 looking for a job where he could see the world and get paid at the same time.
“I have a desire to solve problems and being an electrical engineer allows me to be a part of a team and sometimes leading the team to work together to find innovative solutions to problems,” he said.
Being deployed on Operation Solania has been a career highlight for Flight Lieutenant Hasemann.
“I’m proud to be here in the Federated States of Micronesia with the team and representing Australia.”