Moving through the challenges of different jobs has become par for the course for FLGOFF Ellen Brunskill of 2SECFOR SQN.
Joining in 2009 as Gap Year, FLGOFF Brunskill said that throughout high school she had always wanted to become a police officer.
“My Mum suggested I try Gap Year, which really opened my eyes about policing within the Air Force and the Military Working Dogs,” FLGOFF Brunskill said.
“After Gap Year, I decided to become a Military Working Dog Handler, and I absolutely loved it.”
FLGOFF Brunskill enjoyed postings to RAAF Darwin and RAAF Amberley as a Military Working Dog Handler, but was seeking another challenge.
“I had reached a point where I had achieved everything I could with my Military Working Dog, Opal. I had reached the rank of CPL and deployed, so I decided to commission,” she said.
In 2017, FLGOFF Brunskill commissioned to Security Police Officer.
“We do our training at Holsworthy, including five weeks of officer training before joining the investigative course at the Defence Force School of Policing,” she said .
FLGOFF Brunskill is now posted to 2SECFOR SQN at RAAF Darwin, and most recently she’s had the opportunity to be deployed on Exercise Red Flag at Nellis Air Force Base in February 2019.
“Exercise Red Flag was my first experience working independently from a Security Forces Squadron, and working more intimately with flying squadrons,” she said.
“I have also been lucky to work closely with United States Air Force and Royal Air Force Security Officers, and it’s been very interesting to learn from them and understand the differences and similarities in how we operate.”