Flight Sergeant Darrin Tapp was born in the north-eastern Tasmanian township of St Marys and grew up in the mining town of Rossarden at the foothills of the picturesque Ben Lomond National Park before seeking a career in the wider world.

Flight Sergeant Tapp joined Air Force as a supplier, before making the career move to physical training instructor (PTI). 

"I decided to take a new career path and became a PTI as I enjoyed sport, have always been a people person and get enormous satisfaction from helping others reach their goals," Flight Sergeant Tapp said.

"During my service career I have represented Air Force through sport and ceremonial duties. 

"I was selected one year as a participant in the ceremonial duties conducted by the Australian Football League for the traditional Essendon-Collingwood game on one of the nation's most special events, Anzac Day, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

"As a physical training instructor and having qualified as a level-two sports trainer, I was also deployed to Kabul working with NATO forces and doing a lot of rehabilitation work."

Coaching, mentoring and guiding junior physical training instructors has been one of the most rewarding and gratifying parts of Flight Sergeant Tapp's job.

"I consider myself extremely fortunate to have had such a rewarding career over 36 years and through so many changes," he said.

"Not bad considering I only intended to serve my initial tenure of six years and return to my family in Tasmania and now I get to be part of the Air Force's centenary commemoration."

You can watch Flight Sergeant Tapp's story here.

Planning is underway for the 100th anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force in March 2021. For further information, visit www.airforce.gov.au/100.