Life in the RAAF: Jasper Coulembier

Leading Aircraftman Jasper Coulembier’s role as an Aircraft Life Support Fitter with Number 35 Squadron is helping him satisfy his passion for travelling the world.

Leading Aircraftman Jasper Coulembier's role as an Aircraft Life Support Fitter with Number 35 Squadron is helping him satisfy his passion for travelling the world.

Leading Aircraftman Coulembier was born in Belgium and moved to Australia when he was 12 years old. He completed his high school years in Hervey Bay, Queensland before joining the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2014.

Working on the C-27J Spartan aircraft, his role as an Aircraft Life Support Fitter involves maintaining the equipment that might be needed in case of emergency. This includes aeronautical life support such as breathing apparatus' and life jackets.

"Straight out of recruits I was happy to be posted to Number 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, said Leading Aircraftman Coulembier.

"In my time at 35 Squadron I have been lucky to witness the growth in the Squadron from no aircraft to ten aircraft. This was an exciting time and big learning curve for everyone.

"I was then able to be involved in the move of the Squadron from RAAF Base Richmond to RAAF Base Amberley. I was happy to try a new location and opted to extend my posting to stay with the Spartans at their new Amberley home."

Leading Aircraftman Coulembier said that he is enjoying the Air Force lifestyle as it allows him to fulfil his interests in the outdoors and camping and in particular takes him to lots of new places.

Number 35 Squadron deployed for Exercise Cope North in March 2019 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Leading Aircraftman Coulembier was part of the deployed team working alongside the Japanese and United States Militaries supporting the Spartan to conduct air lift support during humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenarios.

"In my career I've been able to experience multiple domestic exercises and events, a deployment to the Middle East, an airshow in New Zealand and now have been on Exercise to Guam.

"During Exercise Cope North I was working in the same building as the United States Air Force. One of my highlights was touring a B-52 Bomber aircraft and of course having some time off to explore Guam."

Leading Aircraftman Coulembier is enjoying the variety in his Air Force career and is looking forward to travelling to more new and different places.