Celebrating excellence in training

For her outstanding contribution as the RAAF Security and Fire School’s Chief Instructor, Squadron Leader Rebecca Trembath has been recognised in this year’s King’s Birthday Honours with a Conspicuous Service Medal for Meritorious Achievement.

CAPTIONSquadron Leader Rebecca Trembath has been recognised for her outstanding contribution as the RAAF Security and Fire School’s Chief Instructor. Story by John Noble. Photo by Sergeant Peter Borys.

Humbled by the recognition, Squadron Leader Trembath said it merely reflected the important work of the RAAF Base Amberley school, which is helping prepare those performing vital protection, security and firefighting duties across Air Force.

“It is very special to be recognised and I was blown away when I found out,” Squadron Leader Trembath said.

“In saying that, I am delighted and humbled to be acknowledged for my commitment and dedication to service.

“I always try to give my best service to others and the organisation, meaning that I dedicate my full intellect and heart and use my skills wisely to whatever role I have in front of me.

“But, I am no different to many serving personnel today or in the past. I believe heart and character are essential for success, including building strong interpersonal relationships with others.”

Squadron Leader Trembath is no stranger to ground-breaking achievements in learning and development in Air Force.

Her various impressive milestones include supporting the establishment of Air Force’s Operational Safety Training framework, as well her contribution to creating the Australian Defence Force Joint Professional Military Education Continuum and Joint Warfighting learning analysis.

While the individual recognition fills her with pride, Squadron Leader Trembath said it was always the team that ultimately makes the difference.

“The team is and was everything,” she said.

“I learnt so much from their talent, intelligence, expertise and integrity as human beings. There is never a single source of success – it is always about the team and I am incredibly proud of their achievements and am still their biggest promoter.”

Squadron Leader Trembath hopes her recognition in the King’s Birthday Honours serves to inspire others.

“The RAAF and ADF are full of highly trained, talented and super capable people,” she said.

“I believe it is important to recognise our unique individual differences. We should all tap into the genius inside each of us.

“As a leader, my job is not to make others like me, but to bring out their best to benefit the team and the organisation, and encourage them on their journey.

“In many ways, this award recognises my family, who tolerate my long hours and dedication to my work.

“I really don’t think of this as being singled out but simply doing my job well.”

The full list of those receiving Military Awards in the King’s Birthday 2024 Honours can be found here.


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