Where are they Now – David Deitz (OH ’94)
David Deitz (OH ’94) joined the Army in 1995 as part of the Ready Reserve scheme, which involved completing one full time year basic training and learning a particular employment skill, then returning home to study for 4 years. David chose infantry and to study accounting which came with a requirement to work 50-100 days a year as a part time reservist. After a year, David realised he wanted to return to the Army full time and moved to Brisbane’s Enoggera Barracks.
David then studied nursing part time, due to having his interest piqued by being a patrol medic as part of his career, for 2 years whilst still serving. He stepped away from infantry for a short break and assisted the medical unit teams with health assessments, pre employment checks and immunisations.
In 2008, David was deployed to Afghanistan and was a bush master driver for a reconstruction task force to help the local Afghani people by building girls schools, women’s hospitals, and patrol bases in order for Australian soldiers to provide more security to Tarin Kowt in the Uruzgan Province. He completed another stint in Afghanistan in 2010 where he was located for 9 months in a patrol base mentoring Afghani soldiers so they could learn how to provide security for their own country and people whilst the Taliban ran rife. Whilst in that location his unit facilitated improvements to the local working environments, and resources including electricity, water supplies and pumps. They had also provided womens’ health hubs run by female doctors and nurses from the ADF once a month. It would normally be a day trip into Tarin Kowt even though 15 km away. Despite the tragic loss of 6 mates on this tour, David witnessed the positive change in the locals in the 9 months they were there.
David is currently looking after his wife and boys and is appreciating every moment with them, and loves playing football with an over 45’s team! He is “proud of what’s he’s accomplished over 25 years of Army service and seeing the difference the help they were able to provide made”.