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July 19, 2012
CPL Mark Doran
A MARRIAGE proposal plan was well know
by many of those deployed on Operation
Slipper -- except, of course, the bride-to-be.
When FLGOFF Michael Fox, of Force
Support Unit 6 at Al Minhad Air Base,
learned he would be passing through
Kandahar Airfield, he arranged to surprise
his partner, FLTLT Cinda Lyons, with an
FLTLT Lyons is based in Afghanistan
with the Heron Remotely Piloted Vehicle
FLGOFF Fox said he planned to propose
before his deployment, but when he discov-
ered that they would both be deploying at the
same time, decided to wait for the perfect
"I was hoping our paths would cross as
I thought it would be an unusual proposal
as we are deployed on the same operation,"
FLGOFF Fox said. "I had arranged for Cinda
to meet me on the flightline but my aircraft
arrived early so that plan quickly dissolved.
"We then met at Camp Baker and walked
to the boardwalk. I waited for her to return
from the coffee shop and then I popped the
FLTLT Lyons said the proposal was a very
nice surprise and she was still a bit bewil-
dered by it all.
"I had no idea he would propose to me
here [in Afghanistan], however, I had con-
sidered the possibility of him proposing one
day as we have been together now for three
years," she said.
"It was very romantic, a little different
from the normal and is typical of the way we
CPL Mark Doran
THERE were more shaven
heads than usual bobbing about
Kandahar Airfield (KAF)
when members of the Heron
Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
Detachment did their bit to
raise money for the Leukaemia
Ten members deployed with
the Air Force detachment were
willing to shave their heads on
June 14 and in doing so they
A no-fly day gave the fund-
raisers an opportunity to hold the
shaving extravaganza and FLTLT
Julian Garland, who organised
KAF's Greatest Shave, said that
Rotation 8 had decided to finish
its deployment with a significant
"As we are flying nearly every
day, it is a bit like 'Ground Hog
Day' -- we just wanted to raise
money for a charity and generate a
memorable light-hearted moment
from our time in Afghanistan," he
said. "It was difficult to get every-
body on board at first, particularly
the CO, WGCDR Paul Jarvis,
and the XO, SQNLDR Jonathan
Polich, who both provided semi-
valid excuses as to why they
needed to keep their locks.
"Originally they were going
to match the donations, but then
decided to place a price of $1000
each on their hair. This was raised
very quickly as soon as word
spread," FLTLT Garland said.
"We had many laughs on the
day, especially when it came to
shaving the bosses' heads and it
was a fantastic morale booster."
The event drew quite a crowd
from the various Camp Baker
units. CO Rotary Wing Group
LTCOL Scott Nicholls started pro-
ceedings by removing WGCDR
Jarvis's locks, but it quickly
became clear that he made a bet-
ter pilot than a barber, so Navy
Heron payload operator CPO
Steve Cheeseman was called in to
neaten up the job.
"I DO": Above, FLGOFF Michael Fox, of FSU 6, with his fiancée FLTLT
Cinda Lyons, of the Heron Detachment, after she accepted his marriage
proposal in Afghanistan.
Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
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