Faith Takes Flight in the Air Force

Image of a No. 100 Squadron Lockheed Hudson aircraft on the RAAF Base Richmond flightline, New South Wales.

Defence Forces Chaplain Tom Killingbeck reveals what it’s like to support those who serve.

Royal Australian Air Force chaplain Tom Killingbeck chats with an Australian Army soldier at Parndana, Kangaroo Island, during Operation Bushfire Assist 2019-2020.

“If push came to shove, would you be willing to take someone’s life?” asks Chaplain Tom Killingbeck, who serves at RAAF Base Tindal, just outside Katherine in the Northern Territory.

“That’s part of your training, even if you’re someone who repairs the tiniest part on an aircraft that is used to deliver aid supplies, you are still trained in how to use weapons, and you’re still expected – if the Air Base came under attack – that you would defend it.”

This is one of the challenges that faces Christians in the Australian Defence Forces, according to Tom who has been working as a chaplain in Defence for nearly four years.

“I get to see the results. I get to see people’s lives changed.” – Tom Killingbeck

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