SQUADRON LEADER MARK KERITZ
Squadron Leader Mark Keritz, 34, grew up in Vermont South, Victoria and began flying at age of 16. He began his Air Force career in 2006, studying a Bachelor of Technology in Aviation at the Australian Defence Force Academy. He graduated flying training on 217 Pilots Course in 2009, and was posted to 37 Squadron in NSW, where he flew the C-130H and J Hercules until 2016. During this time he was part of various international exercises and disaster relief missions throughout the Pacific region. Mark has been deployed on operations internationally, including a United Nations assistance mission into Africa which he sees as a career highlight.
Following his time at No. 37 Squadron, Mark graduated as a Qualified Flying Instructor and was posted to No. 2 Flight Training School in Perth where he instructed the Air Force’s advanced pilot’s course on the Pilatus PC-9/A. He was posted to Central Flying School in 2018 and joined the Roulettes as part of the first Pilatus PC‑21 team in 2019. This will be Mark’s sixth season with the team after having previously held the positions of Roulette 2, 5, and 6.
Mark has over 3,500 hours of military flying time. While not at work Mark likes camping, fishing, footy and spending time with his wife, three kids and dog.