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Michael Davison – Shepparton man on ops for Anzac Day

Shepparton’s Michael Davison’s thoughts will be of his wife, daughter and the spirit of mateship when he commemorates Anzac Day 2014 in Afghanistan.

Corporal (CPL) Davison, 27, is deployed on Operation SLIPPER with Force Support Unit – 9 at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan as the Company Quartermaster.

He provides storeman services to personnel across the Kandahar region which follows on from a six week training program, before his deployment started.

“My role varies from day to day, some of my tasks include the issuing of weapons, ordering stores, arranging to have equipment repaired or replaced and the usual freight requirements that you would expect in an operational warehouse,” he said.

“The most memorable moments of this deployment so far, has been understanding the job we are doing and knowing that we are doing it for a good reason.

“Mateship is a big thing for me, and the people you deploy with will be your friends for the rest of your life, they know exactly what the experience is like.

“They are able to share the ups and downs of being away from family and friends and don’t mind laughing at you when your footy team loses.

“It’ll be an honour to commemorate Anzac Day on operations in Afghanistan with them this year.”

CPL Davison, a former Shepparton High School Juniors Football player and a Tatura Football and Netball Club member, credited the support of his wife for providing him with the confidence to deploy on operations.

“My wife Tegan does such an amazing job at home with our one-year-old daughter Charlotte, it would not be easy doing it by herself for the time I am away”.

“This is my second deployment – I deployed in 2007 with Overwatch Battle Group West 3 (OBGW-3) on Operation CATALYST for six months in Talil, Iraq.

“Though it’s an honour to be here, I can’t wait to do the most important thing and that is getting home and spending time with Tegan and Charlotte - they mean everything to me.”

About 400 Australian Defence Force personnel will spend Anzac Day in Afghanistan this year with about 250 attending the commemoration service at Kandahar Air Field.

Following the completion of Australia’s mission in Uruzgan province last year, Australia’s efforts have shifted to a nationally-oriented mission throughout 2014, providing training and advisory support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

Approximately 1200 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed throughout the broader Middle East Area of Operations on Operation SLIPPER which includes the maritime security environment, an area of over two million square miles, encompassing the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman.