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Wing Commander Joe Bennett joined the RAAF in July 1989 via the Undergraduate Scheme following several years in the agricultural industry.  WGCDR Bennett graduated from the University of Adelaide with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 1991.  His first posting was as an engineering officer at 292 SQN providing mission system software support to the P-3C maritime patrol aircraft.

WGCDR Bennett has filled a number of positions in a range of Defence Materiel Organisation Major Aerospace acquisition projects.  Earlier postings include the AP-3C Refurbishment program based in Greenville Texas (1995 – 1999) and at Maritime Patrol System Program Organisation (MPSPO) Engineering Manager for the AP-3C ESM Obsolescence Update Project (2006 – 2007).  WGCDR Bennett also held several positions within the Wedgetail Resident Program Team in Baltimore and Seattle USA (2007 – mid 2012), including Radar Engineer, Mission System Lead and finally the RPT Engineering Manager.

From 2000 – 2002 WGCDR Bennett was posted to the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness, RAAF Williams, as the ADF Aerospace System Safety Engineering desk officer.  This position included the role of Airworthiness Certification liaison officer for several Major programs, including the AP-3C, the ARH, and Seahawk.

From 2003 – 2005 WGCDR Bennett held several positions at the Joint Electronic Warfare Operational Support Unit (JEWOSU), including Senior Design Engineer, Executive Officer and OIC of Electronic Warfare Systems Flight.  A highlight of his career followed when WGCDR Bennett later returned as Commanding Officer JEWOSU (mid 2012 – 2014).

WGCDR Bennett currently is the Director of MPSPO’s P-8A Sustainment Management Unit which is charged with establishing the sustainment capability for the soon to be acquired P-8A weapon system.

WGCDR Bennett lives in Athelstone, SA, with his wife Paula, a Registered Nurse Manager working in the aged care sector.  They have three adult sons Hayden, Daniel and Alex who are now leading independent lives.  His external interests include Film, Living Space Design, Gardening and Bushwalking.