Left the RAN, as a POCOX, after a
particularly rough time on small ships, didn't get along too well with
the officers, I was three years older than the officers in charge so
they didn't see me as a guiding influence, more of a threat.
Enjoyed my time at Leeuwin, from 74 to 77 including a short posting
to the Acute as Coxswain. Taught JRs and Topmen navy law at the
school block for a year must have done a good job as they replaced me
with a CPO when I posted out. Decided to leave pussers due to the
radical changes to the coxswains branch (the impending NDP takeover) which
I did not see as beneficial to the branch. Transferred the RAAF in January '78 serving at RAAF Police HQ
Melbourne; Laverton, VIC; Butterworth & Penang, Malaysia; Williamtown;
Richmond and Glenbrook RAAF HQ.
Joined the NSW State Emergency Service
(Lake Macquarie SES) in 1984. Started off in communications, then
moved into flood rescue, eventually became flood boats trainer, finished up
as Lower Hunter Training officer and Flood Boats Manager. Left in 1996
when my position was disestablished.
After discharge from the RAAF, (SGT
RAAFPOL) in 1988, I was employed in Local
Government as a Council Ranger (served two councils over 10
years), after being totally disgusted in the rife political interference
in local government, I finally entered the world of self employment as a security
consultant and trainer in '99.
Worked at the '96 Olympics (in Atlanta)
as security supervisor at the Basketball Stadium, a highlight was
meeting the President of the USA (and her husband!!!) also employed at
the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a site
security Manager. Now CEO of a security consultancy and training company
and part time teacher for TAFE NSW. Have worked as a consultant and
trainer in NZ and Fiji. Also went back to school in 92,
encouraged by a former local government boss, (bit different to the
encouragement I received at school and in pussers - which was zero or
none), and now have several tertiary qualifications in law, science and
Married (36 years) to Merilyn, four children, three boys,
Daniel, Matthew, Andrew and one girl Natalie (who recently gave birth to
our first grandson - Jayden).
Recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and have had
some fairly serious surgery, and now trying to resume work as I was recently offered a fulltime position with TAFE.
Life goes on.