Townsville RAAF member Flight Sergeant Jason Bond has been presented with the annual Mayor of Townsville Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to RAAF Base Townsville and the North Queensland community.

At a special ceremony held on August 21, Flight Sergeant Bond was praised for stepping into a senior role, which ensured Townsville could continue its contribution to Defence missions in Australia and overseas.

Flight Sergeant Bond said he was humbled to be recognised for the award.

"When movements are faced with challenges, we lean on each other to get the job done,” Flight Sergeant Bond said. 

“I'm appreciative that my chain of command has recognised my dedication and the flexibility my family has provided. My family’s understanding allowed me to provide capability to achieve mission status.”

Managing a section of 40 people, Flight Sergeant Bond was responsible for providing sustained airbase support for air and ground movements for RAAF Base Townsville and in support of domestic and international operations through the mobile air load team. 

He led the movements team through the introduction and integration of new vehicles and facilities within the aviation fuels workspace, while ensuring a continuous movements capability for Defence requirements.

But I truly believe if you choose a mustering you enjoy and are passionate about, your career will be fulfilling and successful.

Commanding Officer No. 27 Squadron Wing Commander Mathew Green said Flight Sergeant Bond was a worthy recipient. 

“Flight Sergeant Bond demonstrated superb professional mastery in the carriage of these duties, delivering air-terminal support, expeditionary capabilities and workforce management beyond requirements,” Wing Commander Green said.

“His tireless efforts, often putting the team and Defence’s needs above his own, enhanced the Air Force and RAAF Base Townsville’s reputation throughout our region.”

Joining Air Force in 2007 and after spending 11 years in the Army as a signaller, Flight Sergeant Bond has deployed multiple times and received a number of commendations for his exemplary dedication to duty.  

“I have deployed over the wire multiple times to execute my role, providing an immediate effect to sustain operations on the front line,” he said. 

“But I truly believe if you choose a mustering you enjoy and are passionate about, your career will be fulfilling and successful.

“Air Force embraces its values, provides careers and training that gives us every opportunity to succeed, and rewards dedication.”