Marshall keeps soldiers on move

BUNDABERG soldier Rory Marshall, 25, appreciates the importance of vehicles to get a job done, and he should know - he is managing a fleet of them in East Timor.

Now a corporal, Rory is a vehicle mechanic and section commander in the International Stabilisation Force, which is helping the East Timorese and United Nations maintain stability and security in the country.

“My role is essentially to manage the workshop floor, which means that I organise parts and jobs for the guys, as well as prioritising the work,” he said.

“Vehicles are really important in a place like this, and a lot of people rely on them to do their work, so it's important that they are well maintained and serviceable.”

Rory is one of 650 Australian Defence Force personnel now serving in East Timor with Operation Astute. While he has been on many exercises, this is his first overseas operational deployment.

“I thought Defence was the best way to make something of myself, and I'm the first in my family to join,” he said.

“I've gained an appreciation for what we have at home, and it's also been good to learn on your feet the importance of your job.”



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