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September 2, 2010
LT Bill Heck
AIR FORCE traditions run deep in
the Murray family with father and son
Kevin and Paul Murray both on de-
ployments in the Middle East.
Both men are SQNLDRs and both
have a similar career path enlisting
as supply operators and serving time
in the ranks before commissioning to
Kevin is on his first operational
deployment after more than 41 years
in the Air Force.
He said although his and his son's
career have overlapped by a decade,
they have never previously served
together in the same place at the same
"His arrival in the Middle East was
a huge thrill for me," Kevin said.
"We have always been very close
and now we have this common experi-
ence of being on operation together in
the same theatre."
Paul said he shared his dad's
delight in being able to share the
experience of the deployment.
"My dad is my best friend and the
biggest influence on my life, so to be
deployed at the same time is not only
unique, it is a memory I will cherish,"
"Being able to communicate on a
different level and share experiences
Father, son reunion
together; we understand each other
and the challenges of being on opera-
While both men are logistics offic-
ers, Kevin has been working as the
Host Nation Liaison Officer at the Al
Minhad Air Base in the United Arab
His job is to ensure that access
to the air base is available, on both
a temporary and permanent basis,
to Defence Force personnel, visit-
ing VIPs, Australian Federal Police,
and the many contractors that support
"I engage with United Arab
Emirates Defence Force person-
nel every day; I have struck up many
friendships and have learnt so much
about the Emirati people during the
past three months," Kevin said.
Paul is the Logistics Support
Commander at the Multi-National Base
in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan.
His job is to coordinate common
base support activities including
contract management, accommoda-
tion planning, and logistics report-
ing.He said the most satisfying thing
about this deployment was the oppor-
tunity to make a positive difference to
the ISAF mission.
"We provide the logistical aspects
at Tarin Kowt to ensure the troops
have a well supported base from
which to conduct their operations,"
Both men highlighted the impor-
tance of family in their lives.
Paul joined the Air Force at 18 after
a childhood of following his father on
postings through Victoria, NSW and the
Kevin said that although he under-
stood the responsibilities of being
a professional military officer, that
didn't stand in the way of him just
being a dad.
"When it came time for Paul to
depart to his particular destination
in the operation it was an emotional
experience for both of us," he said.
with his son
... Kevin said
and his son's
a decade, they
together in the
same place at
the same time.
NO MATTER where they were
located around the world, our
deployed troops got the chance
to have their vote counted in this
year's Federal Election.
But instead of going to the polls,
the polls came to them. Deployed
polling booths were delivered out
to troops in the field to ensure even
the most isolated members would
not miss out.
In the MEAO, four teams of
Australian Electoral Commission-
appointed Assistant Returning
Officers (AROs) deployed to all
parts of the region to hand out
One of the teams consisted of
AROs FLGOFF Greg Kilpatrick and
WO1 Mike Beinke, pictured here
collecting votes at the Australian
Support Base in the United Arab
Photo: SGT Brent Tero
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