Adam Weir’s experience as a Pilot at Babcock Australasia is backed by a remarkable 21-year career with the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Adam’s connection to Anzac Day has deepened throughout his life from observing televised Anzac Day marches as a young boy, his service in the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), and current civilian role as a helicopter Pilot.
My military career began in 1999, when I began serving in the Australian Army as an Infantry Soldier. During this year, I deployed to East Timor as part of International Force East Timor (INTERFET) and a few years later, in 2002, I qualified as an Army Pilot. I subsequently served as a Reconnaissance Pilot flying Bell 206 Kiowa aircraft in the Army and PC-9 aircraft for the Forward Air Controller in the RAAF. I also served as an Attack Helicopter Pilot on both the Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger and AH-64D Apache Longbow aircraft.
During this time, I was also fortunate to represent Australia on an exchange with the British Army, which included two deployments to Afghanistan as an Apache Mission Commander on Operation HERRICK.
I am proud of my service in the ADF, and most of all, I am honoured to have had the privilege of supporting soldiers on the ground on combat operations. I hope my service has made some difference to the lives of the people of East Timor and Afghanistan.
On Anzac Day, it is important to take a moment out of the year to remember those who have sacrificed their lives during service in the Defence Force and those who have continued to make sacrifices long after returning home.
This year, I will commemorate Anzac Day by observing a march with my family – a custom I have done since I was a boy.