Lit­tle sol­dier shows figh

Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A TOWNSVILLE boy fight­ing a life- threat­en­ing ill­ness has lived out a child­hood dream by join­ing the Aus­tralian De­fence Force. Jaxon Cudby is a fighter. He is cur­rently in­volved in the bat­tle of his life, one against leukaemia.

He has many al­lies in that fight in­clud­ing his fam­ily, med­i­cal spe­cial­ists and now the Aus­tralian Army thanks to sup­port of Make- AWish Australia.

Jaxon’s wish was to board a plane, go some­where new and have a day filled with fun with the Aus­tralian Army.

Des­ti­na­tion Townsville re­cently joined forces with 3rd Brigade, the 5th Avi­a­tion Reg­i­ment and the Army School of Trans­port – Mar­itime Wing so Jaxon could have the time of his life over two ad­ven­ture filled days.

The first stop, as for any sol­dier, was for Jaxon to be is­sued his own cam­ou­flage uni­form, which was made by the Geckos Fam­ily Cen­tre Sewing Group.

He then joined the ranks of the 3rd Bat­tal­ion, The Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment to learn­ing ev­ery­thing from field craft to tac­tics.

It was then time to meet some of the more un­usual Townsville mem­bers of the Aus­tralian Army.

From pony Lance Cor­po­ral Sep­ti­mus “Sep­pie” Quin­tus, the of­fi­cial and fifth in line mas­cot of th 1st Bat­tal­ion, Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment, to 2nd Cavalry Reg­i­ment ea­gle mas­cot War­rant Of­fi­cer Class 2 Courage, Jaxon made friends of them all.

The fol­low­ing day, Jaxon was on the wa­ter skip­per­ing an Army LCM

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