Now Todd?s off to fight in Iraq
Todd Hackett had lived all his life in South Grafton without meeting Martin Macdonald but now the two soldiers will be working side by side in Iraq.
Todd started as a reserve soldier at the end of 2002, straight out of Catherine McCauley College.
He was included in a Ready Reaction Force, an anti-terrorism and anti-civil unrest unit which provided him with much of his training to work in Iraq as a rifleman with the rank of private.
Doug Hackett was gutted for the first few weeks after his son told him his new place of work.
"He'd just bought a motorbike and I was concerned about the dangers of that. That became fairly insignificant," said Mr Hackett.
Todd's six month tour will involve training Iraqi forces and providing perimeter security and protection for engineers helping to rebuild the area in the south of Iraq.