For Sergeant Sarah Joost, little things like sleeping in and spending time with her two children are what makes her happiest on Mother’s Day.
Sergeant Joost, originally from Somerset, Tasmania, is the Personal Assistant to the Chief of Air Force, a mother or two boys and wife of a Navy Petty Officer.
Needless to say her life is a busy one, filled with long days and time away from family.
Three years ago she transferred from the Navy to the Air Force Military Police after completing 15 years’ service. In that time she deployed on Operations Catalyst, Resolute and Relex.
“I also have completed some really long courses and exercises,” Sergeant Joost said.
“It’s hard being away from the boys, however, I have an amazing husband who is very supportive. The RAAF have been great too. While my husband Daniel was away I was approved to have flexible work arrangements to spend time with the boys while still being able to complete all my work.”
Sergeant Joost said working within the office of the Chief of Air Force was amazing.
“Daniel is working at ADFA as a Divisional Senior. His hours at times clash with mine, however, ADFA have been very accommodating and supportive allowing him to work around me,” she said.
Sergeant Joost said juggling family and career was sometimes hard.
“You miss out on things like school assemblies and athletic carnivals, which breaks my heart,” she said.
“But I love my kids’ faces when they come into my office – they think I work in the coolest of places.”
Sergeant Joost said women can both have a career and be a mother.
“You just have to remember you don’t need to feel guilty when putting your family first,” she said.