Sapper Adam Davis
As a qualified electrician and a father of four, 29-year-old Adam was able to adapt to service life easily when he signed on as a combat engineer with the 8th Combat Engineer Regiment in 2006.
When the opportunity arose to deploy on Operation Astute – the Australian led International Stabilisation Force based in Dili, Adam jumped at the chance.
“The APEC forum was the first operation I served on with the Army Reserve and I knew I wanted to deploy overseas after that,” Adam said.
“I volunteered for Operation Astute and kept working hard at the unit, and here I am.”
While he is primarily responsible for base maintenance with his section of combat engineers, Adam’s work has allowed many opportunities to work throughout East Timor during his first six-months in country.
“As a Combat Engineer, some of the best experiences I’ve had here have been working with some of the coalition partners and local forces, including the US Navy ‘Seabees’ who are also engineers, the East Timorese Defence Force and local Police Force,” Adam said.
“We have been able to work together in regional areas, to help mentor the local police force through building an outdoor learning centre and to help out with the local orphanage where we can. The best part is being able to work together towards a common goal and just being able to help people at the end of the day.”
Adam will be missing his fiancé Elif, and children Sienna-Belle, 6, Scarlett, 3, Nathanael, 2 and Silas, 1, over Christmas, but he is happy to be doing his bit to support the International Stabilisation Force’s mission in East Timor.
“I think that over the years the hard work has been put in and as a result, we have a really good reputation here. That makes our job much easier.”