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Jonathan Dean Moore - Warrnambool

WHEN WARRNAMBOOL’S Jonathon Moore gets back from Afghanistan in a few months time he knows exactly how he will celebrate.

Private Jonathon Moore is a sharpshooter with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Task Force based at Multi National Base –Tarin Kot in Uruzgan province and is counting down the days to his return home.

Jonathon knows exactly how he will celebrate the end of his second deployment to Afghanistan, by spending Christmas at home with his family and celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday.

“I can hardly wait, it will be the best Christmas ever,” he said.

But before the home-coming Jonathon has his work cut out for him as a Marksman, helping to ensure the safety of Australian military personnel, especially those involved with local community development projects.

“I provide security and close personal protection for members of the Provincial Reconstruction Team, who are assisting in the development of Uruzgan, as they liaise with local officials,” he said.

Prior to this deployment, Jonathon spent three months undergoing intensive training in Darwin which culminated in a highly realistic Mission Rehearsal Exercise in Townsville.

Jonathon said all the time spent apart from family and friends will be worth it when he looks back at his time in Uruzgan.

“My standout memories will be going outside the wire and being able to experience the culture of Afghanistan during various missions, aimed at helping the locals and continuing the development of the province.”

The dust of Uruzgan is a far cry from Jonathon’s time in Warrnambool, which included going for runs along the promenade and spending his days frolicking in the surf at the beach.

Despite the distance, thoughts of home are never far from his mind.

“I would like to say thanks to all my family and friends for their continued support and I look forward to seeing them all soon!” he said.