Building mateship, supporting local community and keeping traditions alive was at the heart of the recent Air Intelligence Training Unit (AITU) Dining-In Night held at the Salisbury RSL in South Australia.
This event was the first Dining-In Night held for Unit members and recent graduates. It provided an opportunity to introduce the AITU trainees to a unique Dining-In experience while celebrating the graduates of Air Intelligence Analyst (AIA) and Air Intelligence Officers (AIO) fundamentals course.
Recent AIA graduate, Aircraftwoman Lauren Rohan said as a new trainee to Air Force, the Dining-In Night for AITU graduates was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the depth of traditions and history of the service.
“The night gave trainees the chance to celebrate the conclusion of their studies with a formal event and engage in some well-earned banter with instructors, staff and peers,” Aircraftwoman Rohan said.
“It also accommodated the mingling of ranks and backgrounds to gain better insight into personal RAAF experiences and the diversity of different career paths, even with postings to the same unit.
“Having the Dining-In Night at the RSL gave the trainees a chance to experience Air Force traditions and understand the importance of integration into the local community in which we work and live,” she said.
Commanding Officer, Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Darren Edmonds said having Airmen and Officers training together on the same course has created the opportunity to build solid working foundations between both streams.
“When they deploy together, they will have the ability to work as an effective team to ensure a very high standard of Intelligence product for the war fighter,” SQNLDR Edmonds said.
“This extends to comradeship with current and past ADF members, and understanding our proud history.
“I’m very proud of my team and the trainees. The combined courses have been a great success, both inside and outside the classroom.”
The awards presented on the night included the AIA and AIO Instructor awards to the trainees who best personifies the Air Force values, and Long Service medal presentation and Commanding Officer award to unit members.
South Australian RSL Club President, Don Prider, delivered a speech about the need to support local RSLs and highlighted the services they provide is not just for veterans, but for all ADF members including those at the beginning of their Air Force career.