YANGAN’S Glenn Maag cracks his trademark wry smile as he compares the dust and heat of his job in Afghanistan with his days a pastry chef in Warwick.
Corporal Maag, 32, a former Warwick State High School and Yangan State School student is deployed on Operation SLIPPER in Afghanistan as a Section Commander and specialist Army driver with Force Support Unit-9.
He said he is one of 400 Australian personnel deployed in both Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan in the mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.
"My job here in theatre involves managing the servicing and maintenance of the ‘green fleet’ which in normal terms are up-armoured Mack trucks, light trucks and 20-tonne trailers," he said.
"I also coordinate a team that moves personnel and cargo to and from their aircraft and also the movement of explosive ordnance and other important items."
He said he has thoroughly enjoyed working closely with an effective section of specialists and experiencing the vast variety of cultures and nations of the international coalition.
Corporal Maag was surprised with a promotion during his deployment and can not wait to return to his base in Townsville to sleep in his own bed and, more importantly, travel back to south-east Queensland to see his daughter and family.
"I really can’t wait to get home and spend time with my beautiful daughter Annalise, my nephews and niece, catching up with my good friends.
"For my daughter, Annalise, nephews and niece, Blake, Cooper, Beau, Lacey, Ryan and little Toby I love you all and see you soon."
The former Warwick Collegians and Killarney Cutters rugby league player is also considering a run around the paddock, and looks forward to working with his father repairing cars and helping out with other random jobs for Yangan residents when he returns home.