SINCE she was a teenager, Tamworth’s Annie Anderson wanted to be an intelligence officer in the RAAF, and she recently returned to her hometown as part of her dream job.
Flying Officer Anderson has been appearing in the pages of The Leader since she was a high achieving Air Force cadet attending Calrossy Girls’ School, but she returned as part of the Festival of Flight on the E-7 Wedgetail, the largest aircraft that can land at Tamworth Regional Airport.
Flying Officer Anderson put her hand up when 2 Squadron in Williamtown asked for volunteers to travel to Tamworth.
It was a chance for her to show her mum and brother, who is in the process of joining the RAAF, what her role entails.
“I support aircrew on the aircraft,” she said.
“It’s fantastic to be doing what I thought I’d do when I was 17 and doing it everyday.”
She’s been in the role for 10 months after four years at the Australian Defence Force Academy where she completed an honours year and a year of training.
“Everyone in the RAAF has been so nice and friendly – it’s like another family,” Flying Officer Anderson said.
“It’s been a sharp learning curve because there are only a few of us. I love the everyday challenges when someone asks me something I’ve never been asked before and I’ve got to go and look it up.”