Fernando has served in the RAAF since 1983 in the Avionics, Technical Airworthiness and Electronic Warfare fields, holding a Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering Honours degree and Master of Science in Electronic Warfare.
service includes F111 EWSP
, Ground ESM
(earning an Air Commander Australia commendation for engineering excellence for creating a satellite networked Radar detecting Air Defence vehicle
Instructor, OIC EW
Systems, Senior Design Engineer, and a key role in creating the Australian Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (CIED
) software capability.
He served in Afghanistan during most of 2011 as ISAF Joint Command's Chief of CIED Electronic Counter Measures Operations, directing and advising on employment of CIED ground and air technologies for 50 coalition nations. On his return, he led a team performing aircraft modification and data telemetry for flight test at Aerospace Systems Engineering Squadron and has now taken up the post of ADF Airworthiness Standards Representative and Senior Design Engineer for Aeronautical Life Support Equipment.
As a serving military member, his focus is on current operational input to Old Crows business, maintaining relevance with latest industry trends and the war fighter's needs. He enjoys significant involvement in AOC and other industry-related events as organiser and contributing speaker.
As well as Deputy President of the Australian AOC Chapter, he is also President of Adelaide's Spanish Radio, Deputy President of the South Australian Division of Engineers Australia, commands 613 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets and regularly engages with the public in many representational roles. He is Chair of Publicity and Public Relations for the International RADAR 2013 Conference to be held in Adelaide and is currently co-authoring a book contributing discussion on Synthetic Aperture Radar capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.
As a fluent Spanish speaker, he often provides concurrent Spanish/English translation for international visits. Fernando spends his remaining time mentoring young people in mathematics, science, leadership and the EW and Engineering professions.
Fernando recently presented at the EW Asia Conference in Singapore, the 2012 AOC Convention and Engineering Leadership Conference in Adelaide, Land Warfare Conference in Melbourne and EW Asia 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.