Hammer, Julie Margaret, (Air Vice Marshal, AM, CSC, FIEAust, CPEng, FRAeS, GAICD) (1955-)

Also known as
Hammer, Julie Margaret (1955-)
Field of activity
Servicewoman; Engineer
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-769076

Biographies

Julie Hammer was the first woman to command an operational unit in the RAAF, the Electronic Warfare Squadron, and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for that command. She was the recipient of the 1996 Association of Old Crows (Australian Chapter) Award for Distinguished Service to Electronic Warfare. She was awarded the 2001 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society to recognise her contribution to Australian aerospace and delivered the 2001 Kingsford Smith Memorial Lecture. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She was the first woman in the RAAF to become a member of the General List on promotion to Group Captain 1996, and the first serving woman in the history of the Australian Defence Force to be promoted to One Star level, on promotion to Air Commodore in 1999. She served for three years from 1996 to 1998 as one of the Prime Minister's representatives on the Governor General's Australian Bravery Awards Council.

Julie Hammer completed her schooling in Brisbane and in 1971 was placed 8th in the State of Queensland in the Senior Public (Matriculation) Examination. She joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1977 after completing a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physics at the University of Queensland. Initially an Education Officer, she transferred to the Engineer Branch in 1981 shortly after that employment was opened to women. In her early career as a junior officer, she was a staff member at the Engineer Cadet Squadron, instructed in electronics at the School of Radio, managed deep level maintenance on F-111, Iroquois, Chinook and Canberra aircraft at Amberley, and worked at Headquarters Support Command in the engineering management of avionics equipment for the RAAF fleet. She was promoted to Squadron Leader in June 1985.

In 1987, after 16 months study at RAF Cranwell, UK and completion of an M.Sc. in Aerosystems Engineering, Julie Hammer returned to Canberra and served as a technical intelligence analyst in the Joint Intelligence Organisation. She subsequently worked on a major Electronic Warfare project, the P-3C ESM Project, first as project engineer and then, after promotion to Wing Commander, as project manager. In 1992, she assumed command of the Electronic Warfare Squadron in Adelaide and served in that post for three years.

Returning to Canberra in 1996 and completing a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies at the Joint Services Staff College, Julie Hammer was promoted to Group Captain and again posted into major projects, this time as the Project Director of a number of command and control projects. During this period, she was seconded for four months to serve on the Science and Technology Team of the Defence Efficiency Review. Throughout 1999, she was the sole Australian student at the prestigious Royal College of Defence Studies in London, completing that 12 month course in strategic and international studies with 83 fellow course members from 38 nations. Returning to Australia in December 1999 on promotion to Air Commodore, she assumed duties as Director General Information Services, responsible for the operations and support of Defence's fixed communications networks and computer systems throughout Australia. In December 2001 she became the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy, where midshipmen and officer cadets from all three Services are provided with a balanced and liberal university education in a military environment.

Julie Hammer was the first woman to command an operational unit in the RAAF, the Electronic Warfare Squadron, and was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross for that command. She was awarded the 2001 Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Medal by the Royal Aeronautical Society to recognise her contribution to Australian aerospace and delivered the 2001 Kingsford Smith Memorial Lecture. She is the only woman in the history of the Australian Defence Force to have achieved 'starred' rank. In 2002, she was appointed by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women to be one of Australia's Honouring Women Ambassadors. She was awarded the 2003 Alumnus of the Year of the University of Queensland to recognise her contribution to her profession.

On 26 January 2004 Air Vice Marshal Julie Hammer was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service in the fields of electronics engineering in Defence, and military education as the Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

View the full record at Australian Women's Register

Julie Hammer joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1977, after completing a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Sydney. She was originally an education officer but transferred to the Engineer Branch in 1981. Hammer was the first woman to command an operational unit in the RAAF, the Electronic Warfare Squadron.

  • Career position - Joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Education Officer
  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics completed at the University of Sydney
  • Career position - Education Officer in the engineer cadet squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Frognall, Melbourne
  • Career position - Instructor at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) School of Radio in Laverton, Melbourne
  • Career position - Transferred to the Electronics Category of the Engineer Branch
  • Career position - Officer-in-charge of Avionics for the Aircraft Maintenance Flight at the No 3 Aircraft Depot of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Amberley
  • Career position - Quality Project Officer at the No 3 Aircraft Depot of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Amberley
  • Career position - Sub-Section Head in the Aircraft Equipment Engineering Division (AEENG3) in Head Quarters Support Command at Victoria Barracks, Melbourne
  • Career position - No 5 Advances Systems Engineering Course at the Royal Air Force (RAF) College in Cranwell, UK
  • Career position - Liaison in the Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, London
  • Education - Completed a Masters thesis in control engineering
  • Career position - Technical Intelligence Analyst at the Directorate of Scientific and Technical Intelligence of the Joint Intelligence Organisation in Canberra
  • Career position - Systems Engineer in the Maritime Systems Section (SYSENGA3) in the Materiel Branch of the Air Force Office in Canberra
  • Career position - Project Manageer of project Air 5140 at the Project Management and Acquisition Division of the Materiel Branch of the Air Force Office in Canberra
  • Career position - Commanding Officer of the Electronic Warfare Squadron of the Aircraft Research and Development Unit of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in Edinburgh
  • Career position - Seconded to the Defence Efficiency Review and appointed Co-Chairman of the Science and Technology Sub-Review Team
  • Career position - Project Director of Joint Project 2030 Australian Defence Force Joint Command Support Environment of the Command and Support Systems Branch in the Defence Acquisition Organisation, Canberra
  • Award - Conspicuous Service Cross
  • Career position - Acting Director General of the Command and Support Systems Branch of the Defence Acquisition Organisation in Canberra
  • Career position - Director of Command and Intelligence Support Systems at the Command and Support Systems Branch of the Defence Acquisition Organisation, Canberra
  • Career position - Director General of Infrastructure Services at Defence Information Systems Group

View the full record at Encyclopedia of Australian Science

Resources for Julie Margaret Hammer

Selected resources (13)

Australian Women's Register

  1. Hammer, Julie Margaret
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Julie Hammer, Air Vice-Marshal
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf UQ AlunmiThe University of Queensland
  3. Air Vice-Marshal Julie Hammer is UQ's 2003 alumni ace
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf UQ News OnlineThe University of Queensland
  4. Julie Hammer - the most senior woman in the Australian Defence Forces
    Doogue, Geraldine and Pearcy, Kate [Producer and Researcher]
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf Life MattersRadio National ABC
  5. Julie Hammer, Commandant, Wife, Daughter, Engineer, Role model
    [2003]
    Series: IspartOf Canberra Times
  6. Engineers in our Community
    [2002]
    Series: IspartOf Engineers Canberra
  7. From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher: A Century of Women's Contributions to Canberra
    Australian Women's Archives Project
    [2013]
    Published: Australian Women's Archives Project
  8. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  9. [Biographical cuttings on Julie Hammer, airforce officer]
    Series: National Library of Australia Newspaper Microcopy Reading Room

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Hammer, Julie Margaret
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  3. Hammer, Julie, Biographical Entry
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women, 2003
    Series: Australian Women's Archives Project
  4. Who's Who in Australia 2002
    Herd, Margaret
    Published: Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001

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