STINT IN IRAQ WAS ‘EASY JOB’
WARRANT Officer Wayne Davis said he had the easy part of the deal as he prepared to leave his wife, Lisa, and three kids for a six-month deployment in Iraq.
“It’s harder on Lisa being at home with the three kids, I just have to go over and do my job,” he said yesterday after parading with about 300 other soldiers about to deploy as part of Task Group Taji.
The soldiers will be the seventh rotation of Australians going over to help train and assist Iraqi security forces that are trying to defeat the ISIS insurgency in their country.
A veteran of six previous deployments, WO Davis said he was used to keeping in touch with the family through Skype and phone calls.
“I’ll have to try and make the calls around lunchtime so I can get the kids before they go to bed,” he said of William, 9, Emily, 6, and Max, 4.
Colonel Michael Say, Commander of Task Group Taji, said the troops would be joined by about 100 New Zealand soldiers before conducting a final exercise that would replicate the Iraqi environment.