Wear­ing medals with pride

Re­turn­ing to Mun­dub­bera for the Anzac Day ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY LIFE -

FOR Mun­dub­bera-born Sec­ond Lieu­tenant James Leder­hose, Anzac Day was an op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on what led him to join the army.

He said it came from a de­sire to serve.

“Like so many 17-year-olds fac­ing the end of school I hon­estly had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” Lt Leder­hose said.

“I was born in Mun­dub­bera and was raised here. I at­tended Mun­dub­bera State School un­til grade 10 then went on to Gayn­dah for grades 11 and 12.”

Lt Leder­hose com­pleted two ac­tive tours of Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan was a hot topic then and the me­dia was full of images from over there, so when I heard my mate Ja­cob speak pas­sion­ately about want­ing to do some­thing about it I think I came around to the idea of serv­ing in the Royal Aus­tralian En­gi­neers as a Com­bat En­gi­neer,” he said.

After re­cruit­ment, Mr Leder­hose headed to Kapooka in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, for train­ing.

“The stan­dard to march out of Kapooka is much higher than the stan­dard to get in. Some­thing that I think is un­der­played is the mental chal­lenge,” he said.

“Nat­u­rally I was chal­lenged phys­i­cally when I joined.

“The train­ing you re­ceive re­ally breaks down any delu­sion you might have had, ex­pos­ing who you are and the things that re­ally mat­ter to you. Kapooka is only the very start though. The chal­lenges get tougher and you will con­tinue to grow.”

Be­ing in the army had its high­lights, he said.

“My ca­reer has had a lot of high­lights. I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to travel the world and par­tic­i­pate in events on the global stage,” Lt Leder­hose said.

“After I trans­ferred from RAE (Royal Aus­tralian En­gi­neers) to AAAvn (Aus­tralian Army Avi­a­tion) to be a pi­lot a high­light would cer­tainly be my first solo flight.”

For stu­dents stress­ing about ex­ams at school, Lt Leder­hose had some very good ad­vice.

“I know how much pres­sure there is for you to do well,” Lt Leder­hose said.

“Try hard and lis­ten to your teach­ers, they want to see you suc­ceed and put in more ef­fort than you will ever know to make that hap­pen.

“Even if you have no in­ten­tion of pur­su­ing ter­tiary education put in the ef­fort all the way.”

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

ANZAC DAY: 2Lt James Leder­hose at the Mun­dub­bera Anzac Day Ser­vice.

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