Chance visit to a recruiting stand drives Rob to a new career
WHEN Townsville dad Rob Dyer went to the Ekka eight years ago, he never expected to end up in the Middle East.
New Zealand-born Leading Aircraftman Dyer is now the driver for Australia’s Joint Task Force Commander, Major General Angus Campbell.
LAC Dyer, 45, moved to Australia 24 years ago to secure a better future for his young family and worked in the Brisbane transport industry for many years.
Then a visit to a defence recruiting stand at the Ekka in 2002 changed his life.
He joined the Air Force Reserve as a motor transport driver.
‘‘ I really enjoyed being in the Air Force Reserve and I wanted a secure job so I transferred to the full time Air Force in 2009,’’ he said.
Posted to RAAF Base Garbutt as an aircraft refueller, Rob was nominated for the deployment by his Commanding Officer but only found out what he would be doing in the Middle East a few weeks before leaving.
‘‘ It is an amazing experience being here. I am part of a small team in support of the Commander.’’
LAC Dyer’s duties include driving the general, planning the travel and ensuring the command team’s equipment is where it needs to be at the right time.
‘‘ Having just been on a trip into Afghanistan, I have so much respect for the guys out on patrol.’’
LAC Dyer said he also had the utmost respect for wife Sancha, who is back at home in Townsville looking after their eightmonth-old twin boys, Tobee and Ellyjah.