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Adam Whybourn - Central Coast

The terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, left a lump in the throats of many Australians.

The son of NSW Central Coast residents Peter and Gail Whybourn, Adam was deeply affected and decided to do something about it: he commenced he’s application to join the Australian Army, enlisting in 2004.

"The attacks struck a chord in my life, I needed to support our government in the fight against terrorism," he said.

The Gorikan High School graduate is on his fourth deployment- an achievement in itself- as not many ADF members get the opportunity to deploy on multiple occasions.

He has deployed to East Timor on two occasions, to Afghanistan once on Operation Slipper, and now to the Middle East region (MER) on Operation Accordion.

Sergeant (SGT) Adam Whybourn initially enlisted in the Artillery Corps, serving with the Airborne Gunners, at the 4th Field Regiment, Holsworthy, NSW.

He transferred to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps in 2007.

On this deployment he is the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, looking after the needs of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

"I provide all the logistic support to Theatre Communications Group 3 throughout the MER," he said.

"In basic terms I look after satellite equipment and the Information Communications and Technology related hardware for our deployable networks, servers and routers for the MER deployable land networks."

SGT Whybourn said his position was busy, incorporating four operations in eight different locations and more than 100 personnel throughout the MER.

"The Sergeant Quartermaster and I have to keep one step ahead; we need to be able to prioritise as to who needs what, where and when?" he said.

On returning to Australia, SGT Whybourn will post to Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) in Canberra.

His wife, Leonie and their five daughters have moved into their new home on 100 acres just outside of Canberra.

He said he was looking forward to the day when he returned home to spend quality time with them.

The TCG is part of Australia's Operation Accordion and is responsible for the provision of national command, welfare communications and information systems to deployed ADF personnel throughout the region on operations Highroad, Okra and Manitou.

Security and stability in the Middle East region remains strategically important to Australia's economic and national interests.

Currently there are more than 1700 ADF members deployed to the region. The ADF remains actively involved in advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq; training and advising the Afghan National Defence Security Forces in Afghanistan; and maritime security duties throughout the Middle East region.The terrorist attacks on New York’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, left a lump in the throats of many Australians.

The son of NSW Central Coast residents Peter and Gail Whybourn, Adam was deeply affected and decided to do something about it: he commenced he’s application to join the Australian Army, enlisting in 2004.

"The attacks struck a chord in my life, I needed to support our government in the fight against terrorism," he said.

The Gorikan High School graduate is on his fourth deployment- an achievement in itself- as not many ADF members get the opportunity to deploy on multiple occasions.

He has deployed to East Timor on two occasions, to Afghanistan once on Operation Slipper, and now to the Middle East region (MER) on Operation Accordion.

Sergeant (SGT) Adam Whybourn initially enlisted in the Artillery Corps, serving with the Airborne Gunners, at the 4th Field Regiment, Holsworthy, NSW.

He transferred to the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps in 2007.

On this deployment he is the Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, looking after the needs of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

"I provide all the logistic support to Theatre Communications Group 3 throughout the MER," he said.

"In basic terms I look after satellite equipment and the Information Communications and Technology related hardware for our deployable networks, servers and routers for the MER deployable land networks."

SGT Whybourn said his position was busy, incorporating four operations in eight different locations and more than 100 personnel throughout the MER.

"The Sergeant Quartermaster and I have to keep one step ahead; we need to be able to prioritise as to who needs what, where and when?" he said.

On returning to Australia, SGT Whybourn will post to Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) in Canberra.

His wife, Leonie and their five daughters have moved into their new home on 100 acres just outside of Canberra.

He said he was looking forward to the day when he returned home to spend quality time with them.

The TCG is part of Australia's Operation Accordion and is responsible for the provision of national command, welfare communications and information systems to deployed ADF personnel throughout the region on operations Highroad, Okra and Manitou.

Security and stability in the Middle East region remains strategically important to Australia's economic and national interests.

Currently there are more than 1700 ADF members deployed to the region. The ADF remains actively involved in advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq; training and advising the Afghan National Defence Security Forces in Afghanistan; and maritime security duties throughout the Middle East region.