Cook has no time for Dili dallying
By JURIS GRANEY
JUST like they did following the 1999 election, the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment has again been called into Timor to help stabilise the country following civil disorder.
Part of that regiment this time around is former Palmers Island resident, Sapper Travis John Cook.
Spr Cook was originally heading to Dili for a three day training exercise on the HMAS Tobruk.
It just so happened that civil disorder gripped our northern neighbours and his stay has been prolonged and is now based in the hills of Timor indefinitely.
The 20-year-old spent 12 years growing up in the Valley before moving to Bundaberg to finish his schooling.
Spr Cook joined the Army on November 2, 2004, and completed his basic training at Kapooka, and was later stationed at Townsville.
He also had training stints in Sydney and one month in the jungles of New Guinea.
Spr Cook is the son of Chris and Debbie Cook and grandson of John and Marge Dwyer of Palmers Island and Les and Bernice Cook of Yamba.
Mr Dwyer said the entire family was proud of Spr Cook.
"It is a big thing for him to be serving his country," Mr Dwyer said.
"And yes, we are very proud of him."