Army service medal recipient Stephen Arkell (front) of Yamba with his proud father Brian Arkell, also of Yamba.
Army service medal recipient Stephen Arkell (front) of Yamba with his proud father Brian Arkell, also of Yamba.

Stephen proud to help feed army

COOKING ‘on the road’ for more than 2000 troops was a highlight for Stephen Arkell in his stint with the Army Reserve.

Stephen, who received a service medal last week to recognise his dedication and commitment to Australia during his four-year involvement with the army, completed a cooking trade to pursue his passion for food.

“The biggest thrill for me was cooking on the road, travelling from South Australia through the guts of Australia and to Darwin cooking for the American and Australian soldiers,” he said.

“We were always the first ones up and the last ones to leave.”

Joining the army in the 1990s, Stephen said he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps in serving his country and found mateship along the way.

“My father was in the National Service and my grandfather was in the first world war, so it has been in the family a long time,” he said.

Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin and a retired and well respected admiral pinned the honourable badge of service on Stephen during a special presentation last week.

“I volunteered to go and serve my country and to this day I’m proud of that,” he said.



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