FLYING Officer Cain Taylor of Quakers Hill will have many stories to tell his wife and family when he returns from serving with the Australian Defence Force in the Middle East.
The 23-year-old is in the United Arab Emirates with the Joint Task Force 633 Head Quarters, which supports ADF operations in Afghanistan.
The Defence Academy graduate has been away from his wife Jenna, and his Quakers Hill home, for six and half months.
‘‘I am proud to be a part of the ADF peace keeping operations in the Middle East and have many stories to tell my loved ones,’’ he said.
“I am glad to have been given this opportunity and can say that my time in the Middle East with the JTF HQ has been a time I will remember for the rest of my life.
“It’s an important job.
‘‘We provide quality support and service to all of our personnel, as well as many other areas around the Middle East, including Afghanistan.’’
Born in New Zealand but raised and schooled in western Sydney Taylor works as a staff officer in the JTF 633 Head Quarters.
He has come a long way from his first part-time job in Price Mart at Stanhope Gardens.
“I manage the orderly room at the JTF HQ and have three clerks under my command who provide administrative support to more than 200 personnel,’’ he said.
“My role also encompasses secondary duties including unit security officer and information management responsibilities.”
While the time away from home has been tough Taylor said the professional and personal opportunities had been enormous.
“Visiting the forward Australian bases in Afghanistan and other bases in the Middle East have given me a better understanding of how the ADF is contributing to peace and stability around the globe,’’ he said.