After 40 years of service, Flight Lieutenant Bruce Lowth was presented with his Federation Star, the fifth clasp to the Defence Long Service Medal, at a ceremony at the Combat Survival Training School on October 1.

At just 16 in January 1979, Flight Lieutenant Lowth enlisted in the Air Force as an apprentice engine fitter. Following his training, he began his career at No. 35 Squadron.

In 2002 he was promoted to Warrant Officer and in 2004 he was commissioned as an aeronautical engineer and served in a number of roles at RAAF Base Townsville.

He has served at the Combat Survival Training School since 2015 – initially as an executive officer and most recently as the unit’s capability development officer.

Chief of Joint Capabilities Air Marshal Warren McDonald presented Flight Lieutenant Lowth with his Federation Star. 

Air Marshal McDonald spoke of his own experiences on the Combat Survival Training School course 30 years ago.

He also praised the work they do to improve the survivability of aircrew within Australia and on operational deployments. 

Air Marshal McDonald and Flight Lieutenant Lowth met almost 42 years ago when they completed their apprenticeship together at the RAAF School of Technical Training. 

Air Marshal McDonald said he remembered his first day in Air Force and impression Flight Lieutenant Lowth gave him from day one.

“Bruce was memorable for the genuine care and attention he afforded to his fellow newly enlisted apprentices,” Air Marshal McDonald said.

“He could also ride a trail bike like no one else I had seen.”

Flight Lieutenant Lowth thanked Air Marshal McDonald for taking the time to visit and said it was a privilege to receive the Federation Star from a fellow No. 33 intake apprentice course member who had achieved such a successful ADF career.