SQNLDR Mark Keritz from the Roulettes of Central Flying School RAAF Base East Sale, team of 2022.
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 No. 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 UN 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 Flying Training School in Perth where he instructed the Air Force’s advanced pilot’s course on the PC9/A. He was posted to Central Flying School in 2018 and joined the Roulettes as part of the first PC21 team in 2019. This will be Mark’s seventh season with the team after having previously held the positions of Roulette 2, 6, and 5.
Mark has over 3700 hours of military flying time. While not at work Mark likes camping, fishing, footy and spending time with his wife, three kids and dog.