For family and country

Sergeant Dan Craig.
Sergeant Dan Craig.

Army Reserve Sergeant Dan Craig will be marching for more than just his unit at the Army�s 2nd Division Centenary Parade.

�I am proud to be an Australian and have the opportunity to represent all those who have come before us in the Australian Army,� he said.

For Sgt Craig that includes the soldiers who went before him from his own family, including a great-grandfather who served in WWI, a grandfather and great uncle in WWII and his father who served in Vietnam.

Among Sgt Craig�s duties at the march will be escorting the Colours of 16th Battalion, and the Royal Western Australia Regiment, one of 25 units from the 2nd Division represented.

�My family is proud to have a direct connection to the Australian Army over four generations,� Sgt Craig said.

�This history from my family and my battalion gives the context to why we serve � we serve for the next generation so their lives are a better quality than ours.�

After growing up in the Fremantle area and finishing school at Corpus Christi College, Sgt Craig joined the regular Army in 1998, and 18 months later was an infantry soldier in East Timor, where he served three tours of duty.

He is now a police officer, but still serves as a reserve soldier and said both went a small way of providing �something to the greater Australian community�.