Security forces trainees at RAAF Base Amberley are gaining valuable exposure to an operational flying environment at an earlier stage of their initial course, thanks to a collaboration between No. 35 Squadron and the RAAF Security and Fire School.

Flight Commander of Security Forces Common Training Flight, Flight Lieutenant Jesse Toon, said the next generation of airfield defence guards, air force security and air base protection personnel were now able to consolidate their skills in a realistic home-based setting.

“Kicking off in September, the partnership had the trainees conduct night patrols of the No. 35 Squadron flight line and ensure they are better prepared for future employment within the security forces squadrons upon posting,” Flight Lieutenant Toon said.

One of the school's instructors, Corporal Joshua Holmes, said working closely with another force element group was a big leap forward.

“The ability to use No. 35 Squadron during the initial employment training enhances and contextualises the training we conduct, making it realistic by working with operational aircraft,” Corporal Holmes said.

“This demonstrates the importance of our role in security as we move towards a fifth generation Air Force.” 

New security forces training courses are scheduled to start every two months.  

Commanding Officer No. 35 Squadron Wing Commander Scott Egan said the effective working relationships and increased capability exposure would benefit both flying squadrons and security forces holistically.

“The provision of No. 35 Squadron flight line in which to train is such a small sacrifice for us,” Wing Commander Egan said. 

“Yet I see the benefits when the C-27J Spartan will be reliant upon security forces' capability for forward operating base protection down the road.”