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Greg Elliot - Craigieburn

Greg Elliot is an important link in communications between Australian troops deployed to the Middle East and their friends and families back home.

Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Greg Elliot from Craigieburn is a Telecommunications Systems Engineer in the Australian Army with Formce Communication Unit 9 (FCU-9) posted to Al Minhad Air Base  in the United Arab Emirates.

The senior soldier joined the Army as an Electronics Apprentice immediately after finishing high school and is two months into his second deployment in three years to the Middle East.

“Our role is to bring Australian strategic communications services to the Middle East, including various Defence computer networks and welfare networks which allow our people to have contact with family and friends at home,” Greg said. 

“I personally know that that contact is important, because this is my second time deployed on this operation, having also deployed with the 5th Force Communications Unit (FCU-5) in 2011,” he said. 

He has four months left of his desert deployment, and will then be reunited with his family in Darwin.   

“When I get home I am looking forward to having some time off, and spending quality time with my family. I am really missing my Wife, Robyn, and children Kyle (14), Stephanie (12), and Michael (10),” he said.

About 2,400 ADF personnel are deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation SLIPPER, and the ability to communicate an extraordinary quantity of information using a raft of radio frequencies, computer networks and other devices is critical to the success of their mission.

Operation SLIPPER is Australia’s military contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, maritime security in the Middle East and countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

The current Force Communication Unit is the ninth to deploy to the Middle East in support of the operation.