Victoria Point’s Leading Aircraftman Anthony Scarcella is proud to be an Indigenous airman, rounding out his deployment with the ADF in the Middle East on National Reconciliation Week.

Leading Aircraftman Scarcella's family roots stem from the Gubbi Gubbi nation in southern Queensland.

The 26-year-old grew up not knowing too much about his Indigenous heritage. 

"When I was younger, I don’t think I appreciated what my culture really meant but I’ve immersed myself in the community more now and I feel like it’s almost my duty to contribute to the visibility of the culture and encourage our young people to do the same," Leading Aircraftman Scarcella said.

"I applied to join the next day and it was the best decision I ever made."

Leading Aircraftman Scarcella knows it's important for Australia to acknowledge and understand its history for a united future.

"National Reconciliation Week is a vehicle to encourage our society to learn from each other and move forward together," he said. 

"It’s important because it is part of our nation’s story. A lot of people think our history started in the 18th century, during colonisation, but we have been in Australia for over 60,000 years which we should be proud of too.

"For me, serving in the Air Force has developed the sense of pride I have – not only in being Australian, but an indigenous Australian.

"The opportunities available in Defence to connect with the Indigenous community is something I'm looking forward to getting involved in when I'm home, now that I’m a part of RAAF Richmond’s Indigenous Liaison Team."

Leading Aircraftman Scarcella enlisted in the RAAF in 2017, looking to challenge himself and try something new. 

"I was sitting at Newcastle Airport one day, staring across at the aircraft and I thought about how awesome it would be to work with them some day," he said.

"I applied to join the next day and it was the best decision I ever made."

Leading Aircraftman Scarcella provides time-critical mission support to all Air Mobility operations across the Middle East on Operation Accordion. 

"I enable the commander and crews to analyse risk and make informed decisions," he said. 

"Whether it's flying a route a little differently or prioritising some missions over others, the support we provide enables these assessments to help our crews get the mission done and get home safely.

"I love it. I’ve been challenged every day in the volume and complexity of the information we need to analyse and make assessments on."

National Reconciliation Week is held between May 27 and June 3 and celebrates building respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and non-Indigenous Australians.

This year's theme is 'In this together'.