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Liam Scarlett - Kambah

WHEN Liam Scarlett left his family home in the Canberra suburb of Kambah in 1997 to join the Australian Defence Force he had little idea where the winds of war would carry him.

Liam has come along way since leaving the family home and graduating from Marist College, where he played rugby and basketball for the school.

On a whim Liam applied to join the Army and was accepted into the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Liam, 34, is now a captain in the Army and is currently posted to Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates, where he prepares Australian personnel for the hostile environment of a war zone.

Liam and his staff conduct a four day training package called Reception, Staging Onward Movement and Integration (RSO&I) for Australian military deploying to Afghanistan or elsewhere in the Middle East.

‘Essentially, the team and I ensure that all Australian personnel have the requisite practical skills, situational awareness and equipment to commence their duties,” he said.

The training includes honing the marksmanship skills of soldiers on the range before they deploy into Afghanistan.

Liam’s latest deployment has yielded some special memories.

“It has been really beneficial to me as an Australian Army officer to work closely with our wide array of coalition partners,” he said.

“The experience has given me a keen insight into how they operate and their involvement in the Middle East.”

Liam is half-way though his third deployment to the Middle East, and is due home in late January.

“I’m really looking forward to going home to see my family and friends,” he said.

“I have such fond memories of Canberra because it was the best of both worlds, with skiing in Thredo and surfing on the south coast.”