Get to the chopper!

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH State High School students had their eyes firmly in the sky last week when a former student dropped in for a visit.

Lieutenant Colonel Commanding Officer, 5th Aviation Regiment, Andrew Lean, touched down in his CH-47F Chinook helicopter (Tuesday, May 30) after flying in from his Townsville base.

It was Andrew’s first visit to Beerwah after his highschooling years and he used the opportunity to speak to students interested in a military career.

“Its good to be here after 25 years, I remember my time here at Beerwah High School… it was two of the good years of high school,” Andrew said.

“When I had this opportunity to bring a Chinook back in here and show the kids here what is possible or what a job in Defence can do for you, it was an opportunity that was a no brainer.

“Kids have asked questions about different jobs in Defence… having the team behind me they’ve all served in different corps previously, so having the ability for them to draw on their experience has been great.”

Beerwah State High School principal, Lyn McDonald, said the school was thrilled to host Andrew and his flight crew, especially as a great example of their successful alumni.

Current Beerwah High year 11 student, Shaila Casey, was among a number of students keen to pursue a Defence career and said Andrew’s visit was inspirational.

“It’s so cool I’m so excited he is here, I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said.

“I’ve had family in the defence force so it’s just something I’ve always wanted to do.”

Check out Andrew’s pinpoint landing on our Facebook page.

Main image: Beerwah State High students get a close look at the Chinook helicopter (Inset: LTCOL Commanding Officer 5th Aviation Regiment Andrew Lean)