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Father and Son Meet in Afghanistan

 (L-R) Captain Luke Hagerty and his father Warrant Officer Class 2 Tony Hagerty catch up during their deployments to Operation SLIPPER in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.
(L-R) Captain Luke Hagerty and his father Warrant Officer Class 2 Tony Hagerty catch up during their deployments to Operation SLIPPER in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan.

Father and son, Tony and Luke Hagerty, have caught up in Afghanistan during a month of overlapping deployments on Operation Slipper. 

Tony Hagerty is a Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) with the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service (ADFIS), and his son, Luke is a Captain (CAPT) with the 7th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) Task Group.

In his role with ADFIS at Multi National Base – Tarin Kot, WO2 Hagerty contributes to the security and safety of personnel through the investigation of service matters.

He said he was working with a great crew in Uruzgan.

“My short deployment was at late notice, so it was an unexpected pleasure to be in Tarin Kot at the same time as my son,” WO2 Hagerty said.

“Although my wife Rhonda and I were a bit nervous about our only son being deployed, we are also proud Luke has been given the opportunity to serve Australia overseas. As parents, we are extremely proud of our children and their achievements,” he added.

From November, 2012, CAPT Hagerty worked with the Brigade Advisory Team, which is involved with the 4th Bde, 205th Hero Corps, Afghan National Army.

CAPT Hagerty’s role was to advise the commanding officer of the 4th Kandak, a combat support battalion, on his routine and decisions. 

“As a mortar man at heart, my job has been varied and challenging,” he said.

“A highlight for me has been to witness the improved capabilities of the 4th Brigade as we know the 7 RAR Task Group had a significant role to play in its progress. It was unreal to see my father over here, the possibility was always there, but it is rare for families to be deployed to the same location at the same time,” he said.