Military Mum From Waikato Shows Way To Keep Work-Life Balance

26 November 2013
Flight Sergeant Carol Voshaar from No.209 Squadron’s Air Movements Team.
Flight Sergeant Carol Voshaar from No.209 Squadron’s Air Movements Team.

Balancing the demands of Service duty and motherhood can be difficult at times. But with the help of modern technology, military mums deployed on operations overseas like Flight Sergeant Carol Voshaar are able to stay in touch with everyone back home, including the family cat. 

“I’ve been talking to my family on Skype today. Everyone is well including my cat Max,” said the logistics specialist from Te Awamutu in the Waikato region.

“I might not get the chance to tell him on the day itself (22 November) so I told my husband, ‘Happy 17th wedding anniversary in advance!’ I also asked our daughter Emma to give him the Christmas present I have bought for him and to organise a dinner with close family friends this weekend.”

Flight Sergeant Voshaar (nee Braddle) is currently in the central Philippines city of Cebu as part of the 24-member 40 Squadron detachment delivering aid supplies and evacuating survivors from the typhoon-devastated areas.

“It was harder back in 2003, when I was deployed for four months in East Timor. We did not have the communications that we have now,” she recalled.

One of five Air Movements personnel deployed here by the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s No. 209 Squadron, she helps prepare the aid supplies that are loaded onto the RNZAF C-130 and delivered to the remote island-communities wrecked by typhoon Haiyan.

Flight Sergeant Voshaar joined the Air Force after graduating from Te Awamutu College in 1982. A keen sportswoman, she met her husband, Warrant Officer Paul Voshaar of the Maintenance Support Squadron, at a tennis match organised by the Air Force.

“The Air Force supports people to better themselves. The opportunities to study offered to personnel have increased, and the training is some of the best in New Zealand,” according to Flight Sergeant Voshaar, who completed a two-year degree in applied management from Otago Polytechnic through the Air Force.

“I would recommend the Air Force to anybody; it is a lifestyle and not just a job.”


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This page was last reviewed on 5 December 2013.