March on to recruit for armed forces

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Military recruiting officer Flight Lieutenant Brendon Knopke, indigenous recruitment Petty Officer Glen Hall, North West Mobile Force Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Brett Thomas and NORFORCE Kimberley Squadron Commanding Officer Major Chris McGlashan.
Camera IconMilitary recruiting officer Flight Lieutenant Brendon Knopke, indigenous recruitment Petty Officer Glen Hall, North West Mobile Force Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Brett Thomas and NORFORCE Kimberley Squadron Commanding Officer Major Chris McGlashan. Credit: Jakeb Waddell.

An Australian Defence Force officer with two decades of experience took to Broome recently in hopes of finding the next generation of serving men and women.

North West Mobile Force Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Brett Thomas was the guest speaker at a recruitment breakfast event in the Kimberley town earlier this month, where he was joined by representatives from the army, navy and air force.

The speakers pitched the vast range of defence jobs and careers available to young people and how it can benefit them in the long run to employment corporations, educators and police.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas, who has spent more than 20 years in defence, said the turnout at the presentation was promising and the feedback was even better.

“Broome is a very vibrant community that has always been proactive in supporting the Australian Defence Force,” he said.

“We had the opportunity to speak about our inclusive organisation that provides opportunities for individuals to grow their leadership skills, while gaining nationally recognised qualifications. If we don’t engage with communities, we can’t grow as an organisation and that is very important, particularly in a regional centre like Broome.”

With manned and unmanned bases covering 1.8 million sqkm, Norforce covers a huge chunk of northern Australia and allows residents to live and work in their communities.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas said this was particularly beneficial for indigenous Australians.

“Having the opportunity to serve from and within your own community, in a part-time capacity, is great for their own growth and development and provides a lot more opportunities for the community,” he said.

Other speakers at the recruitment event at Oaks Broome included military recruiting officer Flight Lieutenant Brendon Knopke, indigenous recruitment Petty Officer Glen Hall and Norforce Kimberley Squadron Commanding Officer Major Chris McGlashan.

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