Hands up if you had army fun

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - JASON WALLS

HUN­DREDS of Ter­ri­to­ri­ans have got up close and per­sonal with some high-tech mil­i­tary gear at Dar­win’s Robert­son Bar­racks Army Open Day.

Ma­jor Kris Gar­diner said the day was an op­por­tu­nity for the soldiers to reach out to the com­mu­nity they serve.

“It says a lot that we are liked by the pub­lic and we love be­ing part of the com­mu­nity as well, so to be able to ac­tu­ally share this with them to­day is bril­liant,” he said.

“I’m re­ally grate­ful that they want to make the time to come out and say g’day to us.

“As tax­pay­ers it’s good for them to ac­tu­ally see what their money’s go­ing into.”

Ma­jor Gar­diner said it was stay­ing con­nected to the com­mu­nity that kept the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Dar­win and its mil­i­tary per­son­nel strong.

“We’re part of the fab­ric here, army is es­pe­cially, (we’ve been) in the NT for well over 70, 80 years so we’d like to main­tain that and see that con­tinue for at least an­other 80 (years).”

Sib­lings Emily and Luke La Tosa said they en­joyed meet­ing their mil­i­tary heroes.

Pic­ture: PA­T­RINA MALONE

Emily and Luke La Tosa, aged 10 and 8, en­joy the day at Robert­son Bar­racks with Pri­vate Jor­dan Smyth

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