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LAC David Darnell

Leading Aircraftsman David Darnell

As Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft Technician, I initially opted for a posting to AFG as I desired to be located in Canberra. During my guard career I have had many opportunities to be selected for overseas representation. However, the highlight my guard posting was be selected for the Fromelles / Poziers (France WW1) trip, as a member of the team who commemorated the 100th anniversary of the battle during WW1, My great grandfather was wounded in action there, and I was honoured to be at the same place 100 years to the day later to remember his service. 

During my guard posting I have been fortunate enough to be selected for the following overseas trips: Belgium ANZAC day 2014, Borneo 75th anniversary OBOE landings 2015, Fromelles / Pozieres 100th anniversary 2016. I have also been a regular AASAM competitor 2013-2016. 

LAC David Darnell

Captain Phillip Weir

I have been posted to the Guard since Jan 2016, before my Guard posting my career to date has spanned 25 years. I joined the Army in 1991 and served as a member within RACT until commissioning in 2012. As an Officer I have served in 1 BDE and DCO Canberra. Currently I am Troop Commander of 2 Troop.  

I have thoroughly enjoyed my appointment and have experienced many career highlights. I have had the opportunity to participate in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne, represent the ADF for the ANZAC Day commemorations in Belgium and conduct various ceremonial guards including Credential guards at Government House on behalf of the GG. I regard this appointment as one of the best kept secrets within Defence and would highly recommend anyone of all ranks to serve at AFG.

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Leading Seaman Donna Powell

I am a Mine Warfare sailor with the Royal Australian Navy. I was originally posted to the guard as a co-location posting due to my husbands work commitments. During my time here I have participated in half guards, royal guards, become a member of the Precision Drill Team and conducted support tasking within ADFA. However the highlight of my posting is being selected to participate as a member for the 100th anniversary of Poziers and Fromelles in France recently. I have also been lucky enough to be able to travel throughout Australia as a member of the Precision Drill Team.  

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Private Oliver Pearcey

I posted into AFG from 7 RAR early in 2016. I opted to post to the guard to see another side of the defence force, also a chance to improve on my history and possibly get the chance to visit and represent Australia in the places where Australians fought and died overseas. Although I have been posted to the guard for a short amount of time, I have been exposed to and experienced so much, in June I was involved with the repatriation of Vietnam soldiers that had died whilst serving in Vietnam, due to financial restraints of families at the time they were unable to have there loved ones returned to Australia. To be part of this was amazing and to hear how it helped some of the families knowing there loved ones had returned home was great.