WANGARATTA’S Timothy Smith says commemorating Anzac Day on his first deployment to Afghanistan will be pretty hard to beat.
The former Wangaratta High School student, 21, will join approximately 250 personnel at Camp Baker’s Anzac Day dawn service in Kandahar for those personnel who remain in Afghanistan for the advise, train and assist mission in support of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
Private Smith, an Army cargo specialist or “Termite”, joined the Australian Army after working for Muddy Waters Café and as a farm hand at the Moyhu Wagyu Farm.
“Like all recruits, I completed basic training at Kapooka and then went on to do my drivers course and finished with my cargo specialist course in Townsville with other courses including the eight-tonne forklift,” he said.
Pte Smith said the Royal Australian Corps of Transport (RACT) cargo specialists were responsible for the movement of cargo by air, land and sea which includes the processing, storing, manifesting and on-forwarding of equipment and stores.
“Here in theatre, it involves the sending and receiving of all cargo by air for Australia and into country and also working with the Russian air craft that carry out the heavy lift tasks with the Mi-26 Blinkey – massive heavy lift helicopter,” he said.
“The highlight of this deployment for me has been working closely with a very effective section of specialists, experiencing the vast variety of cultures and nations working together and also assisting with the task for Blinkey before the contract finished.”
Though enjoying his time overseas, the former Wangaratta Hockey Club member insists there are a few things he misses at home.
“I can’t wait to get home and have a few beers with my friends and family, especially mum and dad, Lisa and Nathan Crossley and Michelle and Ashlea Smith.”