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Sapper Daniel Petrie

Sapper Daniel Petrie
Darwin soldier Dan Petrie, 22, was already almost 4,000kms from home on the Gold Coast, and now he’s even further away on the streets of East Timor.

Dan is an Army engineer (a Sapper) and truck-driver who is part of the Australian-led International Stabilisation Force in East Timor. 

Dan joined the Army to step out of his comfort zone and for a sense of achievement, and he’s now getting both. 

“My earlier training in Sydney and Darwin was all about preparing you for when you go on operations - it gives you the skills you need to do the job properly,” he said. “Now I’m doing my job for real.” 

Dan joined the Army in 2007 and trained as a Combat Engineer before undertaking specialist driver-training. 

These days he’s normally part of the 1st Combat Engineer Regiment in Darwin, It was his valuable truck and trailer driving qualifications that got him to East Timor. 

“I get to drive all sorts of vehicles for tasks such as patrols, resupply and area reconnaissance,” he said. “There’s also a lot of vehicle maintenance!” 

Dan said the best things about East Timor were experiencing life in a different country and working alongside great mates. 

“It’s a bit of an eye-opener here,” he said. “I’m glad I’m doing my bit — but it also makes me appreciate where I’m from a bit more.” 

“It has given me a broader outlook on the world, and it makes me appreciate the life we have in Australia.” 

“I’m also working alongside some of the best people I’ve known in my life, and I’ve been able to achieve things I thought weren’t possible – and that’s why I joined the Army in the first place.”

Last updated
17 January 2017
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