Wearing medals with pride
Returning to Mundubbera for the Anzac Day service
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.”
ANZAC DAY: 2Lt James Lederhose at the Mundubbera Anzac Day Service.