Lessons learned from a life in the RAAF

Lessons learned from a life in the RAAF

After more than three decades of service with Air Force, Warrant Officer Scott Biddell still recalls the vice he made at the RAAF School of Technical Training in 1988 when he was 17. 

Warrant Officer Biddell, who is from the Gold Coast, joined the ADF as an armament fitter, then became an avionics technician and is now the Senior Enlisted Adviser to Officer Commanding 86 Wing and advocate for all personnel at 33, 34 and 36 Squadrons. 

In a rich career, he has many stories to tell – from deploying for the first time to Exercise Red Flag in the United States in 1993 and trucking a Dassault Mirage III into the heart of Sydney for an Air Force Week public display, to working on C-130H Hercules aircraft. 

He also spent some time out on the Woomera Air Weapons Range in Central Australia conducting F-111 weapon trials, completed three operational deployments and remembers all the lessons he has learnt along the way. 

Through all the years, the organisational change, technological advancement and cultural transformation has presented him with many incredible opportunities, and there’s not a whole lot of it he wouldn’t do again.

“For all I’ve done, learned and experienced, I now want to give back,” Warrant Officer  Biddell said.

“I’m focused on the people in Air Force and how I can present opportunities for other airmen and women to grow and lead successful, fulfilling careers.”

His words of advice for the workforce centre were to not sit back and wait for opportunities to present themselves, but actively seek them out; always listen to what others have to say; be passionate about what you do; and, complete every task to the best of your ability. 

“If I had a time machine I’d go back and tell my 20-year-old self a few things,” Warrant Officer  Biddell said.

“Not everyone thinks the same as you; diversity of thought and seeking others’ views can help you achieve your goals and theirs.

“Don’t beat yourself up too much if something goes wrong or doesn’t work out; get up, dust off and have another go.

“Pursue your goals and dreams sooner rather than later.

“And lastly, don’t leave good ideas on the lunchroom table – bring them forward to your supervisors.”

Warrant Officer  Biddell is a facilitator for the Air Mobility Group REACH Program that aims to develop the next generation of Air Force leaders across the AMG enterprise, regardless of rank.

The program has been developed to foster a culture that encourages innovative leadership, teamwork and professional development at all levels in the organisation. It brings members together who have a broad spectrum of views and experiences to discuss topics such as leadership, professionalism, communication and workplace challenges. 


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