27-year-old Werribee man, Neil Bautista is among Defence personnel in South Korea supporting commemorations marking the 60th Anniversary of the Korean Armistice.
Lance Corporal Bautista is a member of Australia’s Federation Guard. A total of 13 guardsmen make up the Korean contingent with representatives from each of the services, Army, Navy and Air Force.
Neil joined the Army in 2006. After completing initial training at Kapooka he undertook further training to become a rifleman. He has deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Timor Leste and participated in past Anzac Day ceremonies in France, Belgium and only recently at Gallipoli
The former Laverton Secondary College student said he was proud to be part of the Korean commemorations. In April he joined the Federation Guard in Anzac day memorial services at Gallipoli.
“It means a lot to me to be part of the commemorations in Korea and to meet the many Korean War veterans,” Neil said.
“To me it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to pay tribute to those who fought and died in Korea, he said.
Neil and his fellow guardsman have been perfected their drill during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Hall of Remembrance at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
In Korea, the AFG stand as solemn guards at memorials marking historic battlefields and feature during commemorative services attended by Australian veterans, their Korean and allied colleagues and their families.