Showing the community ‘what’s behind the wire’, RAAF Base Williamtown has hosted an F‑35A Community Day for community members, leaders, organisational representatives and Defence community partners of the Hunter region.
Guests were treated to a ‘windscreen’ familiarisation tour on 5 July with Air Force personnel providing commentary and a unique insight into the base, its infrastructure and its history.
Tour members were invited to view the F-35A precinct and facility including state-of-the-art maintenance and training areas developed for the aircraft.
The F-35A Community Day also showcased the value and economic benefit of the project to the Hunter regional economy as well as maintaining that community connection - to foster greater understanding and awareness of the Base and its operations.
Senior Australian Defence Force Officer at RAAF Base Williamtown, Group Captain Peter Cluff said the F-35A Community day was an important event.
“RAAF Williamtown has a long association with the regional community and our close relationship with community members, organisations and our Defence community partners is something we truly value," GPCAPT Cluff said.
“The opportunity to provide our friends and neighbours with an insight into the F-35A aircraft and its facility as Air Force’s newest capability is a great privilege - given that it is the ongoing support of the community that has been instrumental to the successful delivery and sustainment of the project.
“The F-35A Community Day has importantly allowed guests to meet the highly-trained, highly skilled professional Air Force personnel that maintain and fly the aircraft – without whom, none of this would be possible.”