Flying Officer Jessica Moore, Air Warfare Officer in the RNZAF’s 40 Squadron, and C-130 pilot Flight Lieutenant Liesl Franklin, who’s currently on a three-year exchange from the Royal Australian Air Force.
22 July 2015
Two years after joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), Air Warfare Officer Jessica Moore is taking part in Australia’s largest warfighting exercise.
“Exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 is memorable as it is my first deployment with my Squadron and the deploying flights were my first in the navigator’s seat,” said the former House Prefect at Wellington’s Queen Margaret College.
Flying Officer Moore is the Operations Officer of 40 Squadron’s 25-member contingent to Talisman Sabre 2015, the largest warfighting exercise that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) conducts with the US military. In that role, she liaises with the Combined Air Operations Centre in Hawaii and the different units across Australia as well as host base personnel and media.
During the exercise, 40 Squadron has been operating alongside the Royal Australian Air Force’s 37 Squadron out of Townsville.
“In the past three weeks, I’ve had a chance to work closely with the team and gained an insight into the type of flying that is in store for me when I become a more qualified navigator. I also gained a better appreciation of how our Squadron and Air Force work, and how we interact with other nations,” she said.
FGOFF Moore joined the Air Force in 2013, after completing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations, Classical Studies and English and an honour’s degree in Classical Studies at Victoria University followed by a one-year stint at a government department.
Joining the RNZAF was no surprise to the family and close friends of FGOFF Moore, whose father was with the Air Force for 38 years and mother for seven years. Her paternal grandfather and a paternal great uncle served in the Army during World War II.
When she is not deployed, FGOFF Moore is one of the Air Warfare Officers of 40 Squadron, which flies the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Her role involves the tactical employment of the aircraft and her duties include navigation, flight and fuel planning, air drop calculations and the management of the aircraft’s self-defence system.
“I have always been interested in the roles that our Air Force plays in New Zealand and around the world, and was keen to become a part of this exciting and dynamic organisation. I have never been so passionate or determined about anything else,” she said.
She encourages high school students to consider a career in the Air Force. “It is a great way to challenge yourself, gain excellent skills and see the world. You will make great friends, have a great lifestyle and feel like you are doing something worthwhile.”