Ministry in the heavens

Russell Powell
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To mark the 75th anniversary of chaplaincy in the Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF chaplains from around the country descended on Canberra for several days of celebration in September.

“Air Force chaplains are ministers and pastors who are immersed in a dynamic community, living the same sort of lifestyle as other Air Force personnel and their families,” said the RAAF’s Director-General Chaplaincy – Chaplain (Air Commodore) Kevin Russell.

An RAAF A PC-9 Roulette aerobatic display aircraft performs a low-level  y-past during the 75th Anniversary Commemorative Service.

“They share in the ups and downs of people’s lives and Air Force ministry means sharing our faith,” Mr Russell said. “Most clearly, a chaplain is a visible ‘God person’.”

Activities included a church service at the Royal Military College Duntroon, a reading at the Last Post ceremony and dinner at the Australian War Memorial (pictured above - Air Force Chaplains in front of the AWM), and a reception with the Governor-General. 

Photo Credit: Sgt William Guthrie