Synopses & Reviews
As a farm boy in western Victoria, John Oddie would watch RAAF jets pass overhead as he ploughed hay fields, wondering what it would be like to fly such a machine. 35 years later—having flown Hueys, Chinooks, Hercules, jets, and C-17s in a range of operations—John had risen to the rank of Air Commodore. John's appointment as deputy commander of Aussie forces in the Middle East capped a remarkable career of service to Australia. Sadly, this honor also involved the heartbreaking duty of informing families of the deaths of their husbands and sons in Afghanistan, and overseeing departure ceremonies for the fallen soldiers. As well as covering the war in Afghanistan, this book provides an insider's account of being a combat pilot in the first Gulf War, a commander supporting peace in Bougainville, and security in Cambodia, and the often harrowing experience of being a first-response commander dealing with the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia. By turns heart-warming and poignant,this is the story of a farm boy who managed to carve an international career in the military that included service in two wars.
About the Author
John Oddie spent 35 years in the military, culminating in his role as deputy commander of the armed forces in the Middle East.