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1985

Me dressed in Greens with pack, rifle and slouch hat for a punishment parade.

1986

I was a member of the Pipes and drums Band. Guess what's under my kilt?

1987

Exercises with rifles were used to build strength and confidence.

1992

Unit Photo of 133 Sig Sqn - I am in the rear, 6th from the right.

1993

This picture was taken the day before I flew to Cambodia for Peacekeeping duties with the United Nations

1993

Saying goodbye at Sydney Airport.

1993

This photo is of me (with shirt on) and John Sullivan in the communications room at Phum Ku.
The picture was taken by George Gittoes (renowned artist) and was on show at the Australian War Memorial.

1993

This picture was taken in a bunker at Sissophon and was used for an editorial in the Melbourne Sun newspaper.

1993

Visiting Ankor Wat in Cambodia was awe inspiring.

1993

Me with one of the local soldiers. They were mostly friendly (Except the Khmer Rouge who opposed us being there). This was taken in my living quarters.

1993

Here is me with a Dutch Marine. They were located with us as local protection.

1993

Here I am being issued with the United Nations Medal. This was awarded after 90 days service on the operation.

1995

Guarding the Fuel Storage at RAAF Base Tindal during Exercise Kangaroo 95.

1996

Course Photograph of the Basic Parachute course at Nowra, NSW. I am fourth from the left in the front row (standing)

1996

Parachute Training as part of the Basic Parachute Course.

1996

Grabbing a bite to eat on the way home from exercise. Most exercises seemed to be held at least three days drive from Sydney in the slow Army Trucks.

1997

This is me with some of the local malitia in Bougainville.

1997

Spraying for mosquitos was serious business in the malaria infested tropics.

1997

But it sure had an effect on the workspace.

1998

No matter how good a trip is; it is always good to get on the plane home. Even if it is a slow trip in a RAAF Hercules.

1999

A trip to Dili (East timor) was another interesting journey. (When will mankind just be nice to one another)

2000

Playing cards at night was a favourite past-time (Me in grey singlet). There wasn't much else to do. This was our accomodation room in Dili.

2000

This is the DNSDC personnel who assisted with marshalling at the opening and closing ceremonies for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic games. I am at the back with the top of my head cut off.

2001

Escort to the ANF on the end of year parade at DNSDC (Me on the right).

2002

2002 was spent studying at RMIT in the heart of Melbourne; and eating at the cafes in Lygon St, Carlton.

2003

This is a picture taken through Night Vision Equipment. The picture is a Camouflage Net over a tent and vehicle.

2003

A Leopard Tank cruising through the scrub in North Queensland (on exercise Crocodile '03).

2003

The Australian Camp at Honiara International Airport (Solomon Islands) from the air. Yes, all the green squares are tents for us to work and live in.

2003

The work accomodation was hardly ideal at Honiara Airport. each time the plane started the camouflage net tried to fly away.

2003

The tropical rain was a bit of a problem. Nothing we couldn't get over with an issue of gumboots and a scuba tank.

2003

The showers had a great view of the beach and the ocean. No hot water here though, bring your own water with you to the shower.

2003

Christmas overseas is always hard but we make the most of it and try to have a little fun.

2004

Being promoted from Sergeant to Warrant Officer Class 2 while on operations was special. Having the Chief of the Army, General Leahy, come over to do it was even more special.

2004

The Prime Minister of Australia used to make regular trips over to the Solomon Islands to ask for my advice.

2004

We did have some fun overseas as well. This started out as an innocent group photo of the Signals soldiers at the Airport.

2004

Once back in Australia it was all work and photos and no more play. This is a photo of the SNCOs of 145 Sig Sqn.

2005

Being in the Army reserves was just like being in the Army, except a little less stressed and a little more fun. Here I am talking with CO 8 Sig Regt (Me on far left)

2005

Being in the Army Reserve didn't excuse me from parades. Here I am as an escort to the (RASigs) Princess Anne Banner on the 2nd Division 90th Birthday Anniversary Parade in Victoria Barracks, Sydney.

2005

A Picture of the Banner Party for the Princess Anne Banner. I am the senior escort on the left of the picture.

2005

A Picture of the SNCOs and Officers of 142nd Signals Squadron at the 2005 Unit Dining In Night. I am standing at the back on the right.

2005

At the Dining In Night I was charged at the Kangaroo Court with being out of uniform. How could I argue. I had just been accepted into the NSW Fire Brigades. Some bright spark had borrowed a coat and hat and, well, who am I to argue.

2005

Of Course no Army photo page would be complete without a Helicopter shot so here it is. What do you think?

2005

I am not sure where this picture come from. It is an Aussie Digger at sunset.

2008

In 2008 I was invited to speak at my son's school for their ANZAC Day Assembly. For more info on that and a copy of the speech have a look here: ANZAC Day Speech - 2008

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Paul

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