Air Force Test Ranges Squadron regional compliance officer (RCO) reservist and proud Maralinga Tjarutja man, Aircraftman Juran Lebois, is the first RCO to transfer to the permanent Air Force. 

He recently graduated from No. 1 Recruit Training Unit (1RTU) at RAAF Base Wagga. 

Aircraftman Lebois joined the Air Warfare Centre’s Air Force Test Ranges Squadron in 2017. 

“My role was to assist Defence in compliance patrols and security of the Woomera Prohibited Area,” Aircraftman Lebois said.

“The involvement with the community lured me to join the RCO program.

“Definitely a proud moment to travel back to Maralinga in uniform – it’s the highlight of my career.”

Teamwork, self-discipline, “esprit de corps” and the development of respect for the values of Air Force play a vital role in the training at 1RTU.

“1RTU was challenging. For the first few weeks I was homesick, but eventually made a lot of friends and by the end we were a big family,” Aircraftman Lebois said.

I strongly encourage anyone thinking about joining the Air Force to take the leap and challenge yourself.

Aircraftman Lebois said he was hopeful for the future.

“My dream is to be the Indigenous liaison officer at RAAF Base Woomera, working closely with the RCOs and various communities within the area and my people,” Aircraftman Lebois said.

“I strongly encourage anyone thinking about joining the Air Force to take the leap and challenge yourself.”

1RTU’s mission is to graduate airmen and airwomen, and military skills instructors with the essential knowledge, skills and values to enable them to become effective members of the team. 

Flight Lieutenant Daniel Fisher, 1RTU Recruit Flight Commander, said recruits from Aircraftman Lebois’ course underwent a compressed nine-week training program due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Aircraftman Lebois performed very well on course, completing various phases of training including drill and ceremonial, uniform and quarters, learning the F88 weapon system and participated in a recruit field training exercise,” Flight Lieutenant Fisher said.

“The course equipped him with the skills necessary to undertake the duties of an Airman in the Royal Australian Air Force, and go on to undertake initial employment training to become a Ground Support Equipment Fitter.”