Board member and women's network lead Ellen Zyla is musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band - Sydney and is our member in focus this month.
Q: When and why did you join the Defence.
I joined the Navy in June 2003. I was studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Southern Queensland when I auditioned for both the Australian Army Band Corps and the Royal Australian Navy Band. I had wanted to join the Royal Australian Navy Band since I was 15.
Q: Please explain what you do.
I am an Able Seaman Musician and have been posted to Royal Australian Navy Band Sydney for the majority of my career. I am currently the National Public Relations Manager for the Royal Australian Navy Band. This role covers a vast array of duties including all marketing and public relations within Defence and the greater music world, candidate liaison for prospective members and looking after the Band’s social media site, just to name a few.
Read more: Member in focus - Ellen Zyla
DEFGLIS Member Squadron Leader Cate Humphries is a Ground Defence Officer in the Air Force and our member in focus this month.
Q: When and why did you join the Australian Defence Force?
I joined the RAAF in 1997 when I commenced RMC Duntroon as an Officer Cadet. The reason I joined encompassed a variety of factors – I had been interested in the Air Force in general from a young age which gave me the starting point, but the actual trigger was going into recruiting to get some stuff for my younger brother and thinking – why not try joining myself!
I was also not enjoying my university study (Engineering) and was looking for a change.
Q: What is it that you do?
I am a Ground Defence Officer – which is an Air Force officer who is trained along similar lines to an Army Infantry officer, responsible for the force protection of RAAF assets and people both inAustralia and overseas, however primarily whilst they are deployed in a high threat environment.
Read more: Member in focus - Catherine Humphries