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27 May 2010 - 06:24 AMhey fellas,
thought i would just drop in and say gday, give those that remember me a heads up about what im doing..... finally getting down to the business end of things down here in Australia, passed the last hurdle for my enlistment....the fitness test.....was so worried about it but ended up passing it without breaking a sweat!
heading off to New Zealand for a week tomorrow to see the Relatives, then heading down to sydney to see some mates before i head off on june 21 to Kapooka, outside Wagga Wagga ( no im not making these names up) to the school of soldiering aka basic training for 13 weeks!! gonna be heaps fun in the middle of winter!
18 October 2009 - 02:24 PMhey guys
thought id post up explaining where ive been for the last couple of monthes......First up i got myself a government job working at centrelink, Australias welfare agency, i sit on the front counter and cop abuse from derros with no motivation to better themselves...having to duck phones and plants being thrown at me and having to tell old weirdos to put their old fellas away.
ive been hitting the gym pretty hard in the last 12 monthes, so far ive lost about 35kg, which is like 60 lbs or something, been doing 5 km runs most days and heaps of weights and cardio...i recently did the bridge to brisbane 10km run in 56mins 42 seconds and placed 6,030th out of 25,000 people who did it......with getting so fit and active ive decided to join the Australian Defence Force, minaly because the pay and benefits are incredible compared to my current job and the rewards would be better than getting abuse from people all day so ive got an application in and been given an acceptance letter on the condition i pass the medical....which i should know more after today...got my medical booked for 3:15 this arvo.
so with work and going to the gym every night i havent had much time to come on here and post up....also been having a computer issue which restricted me from actually posting on here too....god knows what it was but my old man accidently wiped the hard drive and reset everything...so being able to post up on here, least some good came out of it.
also ive been taking a bit of a break from paintball, so many idiots and drop kicks down here just getting into the game thinking they are all that, cheating and other experienced people trying to drag me into their political rubbish have been spoiling the enjoyment ive been getting from the game so i took a bit of a holiday....but im flying down to newcastle this weekend for operation whybrew,....a bit of a scenario game poking fun at how evil mac devs main competitor is down here haha....i went a bought a new helmet camera for the event...if the bloke ive ordered it from gets his act together im preying ill have it for this weekend and maybe there might be a FPS style video from me.
anyways i should be around a bit more these days....unless i get the call from the military saying we need you to report here in three days time....which is a common thing down here cos people drop out at the last minute....my mates fiance visited this weekend and she said it happened to her...she had just started a new job the day she got the call.
anyways guys ill post some pics up etc of my trip once i get back. expect to see me around more (hopefully)
10 February 2009 - 02:21 PMdad came running into my room yesterday morning in a panic that "theres this bloody big snake in the garden, come take a look" i stumbled out of bed thinking yeah yeah its prolly a baby python or something like that.....i was kinda close it was a python but it wasnt a baby....it was still small but he had just eaten!!
the photos are from after i caught him and put in our lil wheely bin and as i was releasing it up the road in the state forest
08 February 2009 - 04:58 PMthought i would share this, Victoria is half burnt at the moment, 108 people are dead and the death toll is expected to rise, entire towns and families have disappeared.
I was in the region for a paintball event on saturday, and watched fires 10km away rage and come towards us, im uploading some of the pics and video i took now, will be up shortly
15 January 2009 - 08:22 PMhttp://au.news.yahoo.com/a/-/latest/526519...-years-gets-vc/
the victoria cross, for those that do not know is similar to the medal of honour in the US military, it is the highest honor a soldier in the commonwealth can receive, and i guess its also a timely reminder to think of all the young men and women, no matter their nationality, serving overseas
QuoteThe first Australian soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in 40 years does not see himself as a hero.
Trooper Mark Donaldson, 29, says all soldiers are heroes.
The Special Air Service (SAS) soldier was presented the award for his rescue of a coalition forces interpreter from heavy fire in Oruzgan Province in Afghanistan in September.
He said the award was overwhelming and a great honour but it would not change who he was.
"I'm still Mark Donaldson, and we'll keep going from day to day and we'll see how we go," he told reporters after receiving the award on Friday.
"I don't see myself as a hero, honestly.
"I still see myself as a soldier first and foremost."
But Prime Minister Kevin Rudd begs to differ.
He said Trooper Donaldson had joined the list of Australian heroes.
"Generations of school children will now know of the story of Trooper Mark Donaldson," Mr Rudd said.
"It is a story of a hero, one which will be told in classrooms, workplaces and watering holes for many years to come."
"His feat under fire now becomes the stuff of Australian legend."
Trooper Donaldson, who is married and has one daughter, paid tribute to all Australian soldiers.
"Every single one of our soldiers that are there serving for the nation are heroes," he said.
The award for exceptional bravery is the 96th Victoria Cross to be conferred on an Australian soldier.
But it is the first Victoria Cross for Australia to be awarded. This was established in 1991 to replace the Imperial Victoria Cross.
Trooper Donaldson said he had not really thought about the danger when he went to rescue the stricken interpreter.
"I'm a soldier ... I'm trained to fight, that's what we do, it's instinct and it's natural and you don't really think about it at the time," he said.
"I just saw him there, I went over there and got him, that was it."
Trooper Donaldson said he understood the interpreter had made a full recovery.
He was touched to receive the medal, describing the ceremony as "quite emotional and quite overwhelming".
"It's very humbling and really makes you sit back and take a look at yourself."
Trooper Donaldson hopes to return to Afghanistan later this year.
He has not decided where to keep the medal, but "probably somewhere pretty safe".
Trooper Donaldson's wife says the hero has long been married to the army.
A beaming Emma Donaldson said she was proud of her husband.
"He was married to the army before he married me, and I support him all the way," she told reporters after the ceremony.
There were nervous moments being an army spouse, Ms Donaldson admitted.
"It has its moments, but I know what he's like as a person and I know the guys he works with and they train ridiculously hard all the time.
"So I have the utmost faith that they will all get back in some form or another."
When asked if she would tell her husband to be a little more careful on the battlefield in future, she laughed and said she couldn't ask that of him.
The couple, who live in Perth, have a young daughter Kaylee, who also attended Friday's ceremony.
The investiture at Government House, attended by Governor-General Quentin Bryce and the prime minister was told that on numerous occasions Trooper Donaldson deliberately drew enemy fire in order to allow wounded soldiers to be removed to safety.
"As the battle raged around him he saw that the coalition force interpreter was lying motionless on exposed ground," the governor-general's official secretary Stephen Brady told the gathering.
"With complete disregard for his own safety on his own initiative and alone, Trooper Donaldson ran back 80 metres across exposed ground to rescue the interpreter and carry him back to a vehicle.
"Trooper Donaldson then rejoined his patrol and then continued to engage the enemy while remaining exposed to heavy enemy fire."
Ms Bryce described Trooper Donaldson as an "inspiration".
"We gather around you to distinguish your actions, and to honour the individual they speak of, the person you are, your undertaking, your way of living," she said after the presentation.
"We are here to dedicate your contribution, your unconditional surrender to duty and humanity, your abandonment of your own necessity so that others may be secured."
"By your doing and knowing, you will shoulder more than most. You are the finest example and inspiration.
"Trooper Donaldson, VC, I salute you."
Defence force chief Angus Houston said Trooper Donaldson joined a band of brothers - only 10 VC winners are alive today - so admired for their valour.
"Victoria Cross recipients are at the very core of the ethos of which our military identity has been forged," Air Chief Marshal Houston said.
"We in the modern Australian Defence Force, strive to live up to the heroism, and the values of the Victoria Cross recipients that have gone before us."
In keeping with military protocol the air chief marshall saluted Trooper Donaldson.
"As the highest ranking member of the defence force, there has been no current serving member that I salute, until now," he said.
"Tradition holds that even the most senior officer will salute a Victoria Cross recipient as a mark of the utmost respect for their act of valour."
Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull said Trooper Donaldson stood in a great line of courageous soldiers who had won the Victoria Cross.
"You have been in the front line of the battle for freedom, the battle against terrorism, a battle we cannot lose and we will not lose because of brave men like you," he said.
"As the prime minister said, there is no greater honour than wearing the uniform you wear today, serving this nation, and that is why we thank you from the bottom of our heart."