LTCOL Lara Bullpitt-Troy on International Women’s Day in Defence
8 March 2018
It’s not every day that an Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) event inspires an Army career, but this is exactly how it all began for Lieutenant Colonel Lara Bullpitt-Troy back in 1985.
Attending her uncle’s RAAF graduation ceremony more than 30 years ago, the seed to pursue a career in Defence was sown, and in 1994 a journey in the armed forces was officially underway.
“I actually have an uncle who was in the Air Force, and when I was quite young, I went to his Graduation Ceremony where I was absolutely fascinated by his work, the ceremony and the things that I saw,” she said.
“I saw myself as wanting to be part of the organisation and have the lifestyle and the opportunities that he had.”
Press fast forward and LTCOL Bullpitt-Troy is thriving in her role as the Commanding Officer of Joint Logistics Unit-North. A proud mother of two young boys, Lara has witnessed a positive change in the way that diversity and International Women’s Day (IWD) is embraced across the nation.
“It (IWD) started off, I think, with some level of scepticism by people, but I believe that over the years, people have embraced diversity in the workplace,” she said.
“More and more people are starting to realise the value that diversity can offer and that’s not just gender diversity, but diversity in different views, different social experiences and backgrounds.”
“IWD provides an opportunity to highlight some of the contributions that different people through their diversity can bring to the workforce and to the community.”
Sitting on a panel in an IWD-themed event in Darwin on 8 March, Ms. Bullpitt-Troy will share her Defence experiences. From enlisting through the Army Ready Reserve scheme, to her role as the Officer Commanding for the Joint Movement Co-ordination Centre (JMCC) in the Middle East, she can provide an incredible insight into a magnificent career.