Name: Paul Eric Smith
Did you serve in Army, Navy or Air Force?
Navy and Army
When did you serve?
Navy (1989 – 1995), Army (1995 to present)
What job role did you undertake?
I was a sailor and now I am an officer.
What were the favourite parts of your job?
Helping others. I have had the privilege of commanding and instructing in the Army and without a doubt, mentoring and making a positive difference to others is the most satisfying and inspirational part of my job.
Did you deploy to any other countries? If so, where and what was it like?
East Timor (2) and Iraq. I have also had the pleasure of spending time on exchange in Indonesia and the USA working with their militaries.
What is one of your favourite memories while serving in the Defence Force?
Being able to share with my young children my job and have them see what I do, go to their school or take them to the Australian War Memorial. I’m proud of my service and know that my kids are too.
What did you learn from the military that benefited you most in life?
You can learn from both good and bad experiences. You never stop learning.
What is your job now?
I am a military instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College.
Why and when did you take up bike riding?
I started riding in 2012 and before that I was a runner, running two marathons and a number of half-marathons. Exercise has always been an important outlet for me; it is great therapy!
What are you most looking forward to on Pollie Pedal Bike Ride 2017?
Sharing my story and making a positive difference through educating others about the important work Soldier On does and how we must continue to work hard to support our veterans and their families.
Donate to Paul’s Pollie Pedal Page – https://polliepedalsoldieringon.everydayhero.com/au/paul