Reservist home in time

Cade (4) and Laylah (10 months) are glad to have their dad, Gavin McMillan, back after he spent seven months away on deployment with the Army Reserves.
Cade (4) and Laylah (10 months) are glad to have their dad, Gavin McMillan, back after he spent seven months away on deployment with the Army Reserves. Sharyn O'Neill

FOR Gavin McMillan, it's good to be home.

The Rockhampton father of three and Army Reserve, recently returned home after more than seven months away from his family on deployment in the Solomon Islands.

"When I left, my daughter was only three weeks old," he said.

"Now she's 10 months - it's hard."

Gavin was one of eight soldiers from Central Queensland who were deployed to the islands for four months as part of Operation ANODE (Rotation 26), after spending three months training in Townsville.

"It was great to work with a full platoon for such a long period - but it's always family first," he said.

Gavin said when he got home just after Easter his children "pretty much jumped all over me".

On Sunday, Gavin and the other returned soldiers were officially welcomed home at a Family Fun Day held at the Army Reserve Depot.

Tomorrow they will be spending plenty of time there, during Anzac Day celebrations.

Gavin said he would be attending the Dawn Service and morning parade before heading to the Depot.

"We'll play Two-Up and have a few quiet drinks with the old 42nd Battalion members and all the former Diggers," he said.

 

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