STINT IN IRAQ WAS ‘EASY JOB’

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - MICHAEL WRAY

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.

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