A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Connor Hand

Graduated 2014

After leaving A.B. Paterson College, I endured a hard three months of basic training followed by seven months of additional training in the Australian Army. The thing that I love about the defence force is the strong mateship between us; always pulling for each other through tough times and coming up with witty jokes at inappropriate times!

In my training, I finished as the second top graduating soldier, with our squad the highest performing unit within the graduating platoon. My first posting is at Enoggera where I am currently based attached to the Signals Corp transporting communications infrastructure and troops as a member of the transport corps, driving trucks.

I was invited to be part of the parade for the Joint Heads of Australia and New Zealand Defence Forces on the Thursday prior to Gallipoli commemorations and was also part of the Honour Guard at the War Memorial in Canberra.

I would like to thank my homeroom teacher, Peter Brookes, and many other teachers at A.B. Paterson College for helping me through school and especially for supporting me in organising my time efficiently.