For Corporal (CPL) Nathan Wilmann, joining the Australian Defence Force (ADF) was a great decision inspired by his father’s 22 year career as a Navy Electronics Technician Specialist.
“I spent my childhood in Emu Heights, Penrith, NSW and I went to Emu Heights Primary School and Nepean High School,” the humble airman said.
“Some of my fondest memories of my childhood including riding bikes, playing sports in my street and riding the Billy cart that my dad made down a steep hill at my primary school.
“Dad did a lot of travelling with his Navy job and I was genuinely fascinated by all the interesting stories he told me.”
CPL Wilmann joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as an Avionics Technician in January 2006, motivated by job security, great professional development options and opportunities to travel.
“I started my RAAF career as an Avionics Technician – a specialist who is responsible for the maintenance, sustainment and certification of aircraft avionics systems; and later remustered to Armament Technician, specialising in maintaining aircraft weapon systems and associated support equipment,” CPL Wilmann said.
“The Armament Technician career has been very rewarding as it has taken me to different parts of the world to participate in training, military exercises and a deployment.
“The highlights of my 13 year career include completing a Explosive Ordnance Disposal course in the United States, and contributing to ADF missions in the Middle East through my 6.5 month deployment.
“This career has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I am lucky to have had many good mentors and supervisors who provided guidance and helped me to get to where I am today. Thanks to their support, I have grown professionally and personally over the years.”
In addition to the great mateship, lifestyle and travel opportunities, CPL Wilmann’s career has also brought him many transferrable skillsets.
“Currently I am an instructor at the Defence Explosive Ordnance Training School teaching the ADF Explosive Ordnance Operational Courses,” CPL Wilmann said.
“This role has allowed me to further develop my confidence, leadership, public speaking and communication skills. It is a rewarding and challenging posting and I would recommend it to anyone seeking such a challenge!”
When CPL Wilmann is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, as well as building furniture, running and playing soccer.