Local resident Greg Martin, a former highway patrol officer and Cobar Shire Councillor, was recently awarded the Federation Star for his 40 years service as a member of the Australian Army Reserve.
Mr Martin joined the Army Reserve in Sydney while completing an apprenticeship with the NSW Railways.
“My first unit was 3 Transport Squadron Workshops in Hurstville and since that time I have served at the 1/15 Parramatta Lancers, 2 Training Group, School of Military Engineering and my current posting is with the University of NSW Regiment where I am posted as a driving instructor with the Driver Training Team,” Mr Martin said.
“My current role is training both regular and Reserve soldiers to drive the current Mercedes G Wagon four wheel drive vehicles and the Mercedes Unimog trucks.
“We are about to commence training on the new MAN trucks that are coming into service with the Defence Force.”
Earlier in his Reserve Army career Mr Martin trained as a recovery mechanic, operating large recovery vehicles, which he said
has been the most enjoyable part of his service.
“I was required to recover vehicles and equipment that became bogged towing damaged vehicles, and moving various pieces of army equipment.”