Chance visit to a re­cruit­ing stand drives Rob to a new ca­reer

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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.

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