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Northland Man Finds Gateway to the World

Aircraft technician Corporal Chris Lynch is heading to the United States with the RNZAF to take part in a multinational air mobility exercise.
Aircraft technician Corporal Chris Lynch is heading to the United States with the RNZAF to take part in a multinational air mobility exercise.

28 July 2017


Joining the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) has provided the exciting career gateway Northland man Chris Lynch was looking for.

Corporal Lynch, 24, is an aircraft technician who is heading soon to the United States with the RNZAF to take part in Exercise Mobility Guardian 17, a biennial air mobility exercise.

The RNZAF will be taking a C-130 Hercules, two crews and supporting personnel, and operating alongside the United States Air Force and up to 18 other nations in the multinational exercise.

It is a long way from Ahipara, north of Kaitaia, to Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, Washington, but Corporal Lynch is looking forward to the challenge of working at the fourth-largest military establishment in the world.

While a boarder at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland he attended a careers event and immediately saw the possibilities of combining his love of mechanics and sport with an exciting career.

“I was done with the classroom thing, and getting paid to learn seemed like a great idea,” he said.

As an aircraft technician on No. 40 Squadron he never knows what the day is going to throw at him. 

“One day it is routine maintenance, despatching and receiving the aircraft.  The next day I am working on changing a propeller.

“If I hadn’t joined up I would probably be working on a car engine somewhere but working on a complex system like this aircraft is a far greater challenge.”

When he is not working on aircraft Corporal Lynch is involved in sport throughout the year – he represents the RNZAF at rugby and manages the RNZAF cricket team.

Exercise Mobility Guardian 17 is a large exercise practising Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Recovery (HADR) in a potentially hostile environment.  It runs from 30 July to 12 August.

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