Strengthening Our Alliances > U.S. Pacific Command > 2015

AMBERLEY, Australia — There are only a handful of Airmen among more than five-thousand Australians at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberley calling Australia home.

Master Sgt. Jonathan Haas, an in-flight air refuel boom operator with the United States Air Force, is currently in the Military Personnel Exchange Program (MPEP) and has been stationed at RAAF Amberley for over a year. Haas is assigned to the No. 33 Squadron, home of the KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport, as an instructor to the Australian equivalent of U.S. boom operators, officially known in the RAAF as Air Refueling Operators (AR).

Haas says not many Airmen know about the exchange program that is open to both active duty enlisted and officer career fields. Haas submitted an application for the MPEP job when his assignment to Scott Air Force Base was cancelled. Haas looked at job availabilities online and saw an opening for an assignment to Australia, under the MPEP. At the time, Haas was assigned to the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas where he was a flight superintendent and boom operator on KC-135 Stratotankers.

“It was an awesome opportunity for me to help on the…

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