CIVVIE SOL­DIERS PROUD TO SERVE Part- timers hold noth­ing in re­serve

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY IN SHOALWATER BAY rachel. ri­ley@ news. com. au

THEY are high school teach­ers, lo­cal coun­cil­lors, po­lice and pa­role of­fi­cers but they all have one thing in com­mon – they are sol­diers and they are proud to serve.

The Bul­letin em­bed­ded with the Aus­tralian Army last week as part of Ex­er­cise Tal­is­man Sabre 2017 in the Shoalwater Bay train­ing area, north of Rock­hamp­ton.

In the rough ter­rain was Bat­tle Group Can­nan, pre­dom­i­nantly made up of 11th Bri­gade Army Re­serves from Townsville, Bris­bane and Perth, who were work­ing in sup­port of 3rd Bri­gade.

When they aren’t wear­ing cam­ou­flage paint and dig­ging trenches to hide from the enemy, they’re at home, in dis­guise as civil­ians work­ing hard in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Townsville Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad po­lice of­fi­cer and 11 Com­bat Sup­port Ser­vices Bat­tal­ion Sec­tion Com­man­der Cor­po­ral Kym Lynch, 39, has been in the Army Re­serves for 16 years – six months longer than she has worn her po­lice uni­form.

“I was 18 when I wanted to join the po­lice but they told me I needed more life ex­pe­ri­ence so I saw an ad for the Army Re­serves and thought it would be awe­some to be a sol­dier and take af­ter my two grandads,” she said.

“We ac­tu­ally have a lot of ex- in­fantry men that are in Townsville’s Tac­ti­cal Crime Squad be­cause the skills and the qualifications you can get

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