Keeping his community safe

Lance Corporal James Dee, of the 10th Light Horse Regiment, helping WA police on Operation COVID-19 Assist. Photo: Leading Seaman Ronnie Baltoft

Keeping his community safe

Ellenbrook resident and Army reservist, Lance Corporal James Dee, was proud to assist Western Australian Police with COVID-19 measures put in place to flatten the curve and protect the community.  

For the past eight weeks, Lance Corporal Dee assisted at three police checkpoints on main highways across WA’s regional boundaries. With hundreds of cars coming through the checkpoints each day, no two days were the same.  

“Every day was different – so many people coming through, all with different stories,” Lance Corporal Dee said. 

“My favourite was an elderly couple coming from north of Wubin, wanting to head to the Perth Mint to sell some gold they had mined.”

From A Squadron, 10th Light Horse Regiment, a light calvary unit at Irwin Barracks, Lance Corporal Dee is normally employed in combat roles. 

While the tasks on Operation COVID-19 Assist were very different to what he is used to, Lance Corporal Dee was able to adapt his skills with ease. 

Under Operation COVID-19 Assist, more than 200 ADF personnel are providing customised support to state and territory authorities to reinforce and expand their capacity to respond to the pandemic.

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