WHEN Quakers Hill resident, Flying Officer Cain Taylor, returns from the Middle East after serving with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) he will have many stories to tell his wife and family.
Cain, 23, is serving in the United Arab Emirates with the Joint Task Force 633 Head Quarters, which supports ADF operations in Afghanistan.
Born in New Zealand but raised and schooled in Greater Western Sydney, Cain works extremely long hours as a staff officer in the JTF 633 Head Quarters.
Cain said he has come a long way from his first part-time job in Price Mart at Stanhope Gardens.
“It is an important job,” he said.
“We provide quality support and service to all of our personnel, as well as many other elements around the Middle East, including Afghanistan.”
Cain has far more responsibility now than when he served customers at Price Mart.
“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 numerous secondary duties including unit security officer and information management responsibilities.”
This is the first operational posting for the Australian Defence Force Academy graduate, who has been away from his wife Jenna, who lives in Quakers Hill, for six and half months.
While the time away from home has been tough, Cain said the professional and personal opportunities have been enormous.
“Visiting the forward Australian elements 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.
Cain said he is proud to be a part of the ADF peace keeping operations in the Middle East and has many stories to tell his loved ones.
“I am glad to have been given this opportunity to serve my country abroad 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,” he said.