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July 21, 2011
AB Bibo proud to help E Timor
By FLTLT John McCourt
ABMT Sarah Bibo knows her way around
the roads of East Timor. She has to -- it's part
of her job as a driver with the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF).
Charged with getting the Commander of the ISF
where he needs to be, means AB Bibo has to keep
And it's that sense of timing she brings to her
personal mission while on her eight-month deploy-
ment in East Timor.
In the early hours at Camp Phoenix in the capi-
tal of Dili, the 27-year-old can be seen helping
colleagues through their own routines to the beat
of motivational music. They go well beyond the
already high standards of physical fitness required
of our Australian troops.
While the Navy is her chosen career, fitness
training is a permanent part of the Sydney-based
"It is my passion and is part of my life no matter
where I am," she said.
"It's what makes me feel alive and I look for-
ward to doing something physical every day.
"I also think fitness is crucial to the image of our
Defence force. We need not only to look strong and
healthy -- but be strong and healthy."
AB Bibo said she was proud of being a member
of the ADF and proud of what the ISF was doing in
At the invitation of the Timor-Leste
Government, the ISF is supporting East Timorese
security forces to maintain a stable and secure envi-
By SBLT Sarah West
Roy Knox gradu-
ated from the Royal
College in June he
became the fourth
member of his family
in three generations to
MIDN Knox admits
he has huge shoes to
fill. His grandfather is
former VCDF VADM
Ian Knox, whose distin-
guished career included
commanding the air-
craft carrier HMAS
MIDN Knox's father, LCDR Guy Knox, served
as a Navy pilot and continues to serve as a reservist
when not flying planes for Qantas.
His mother, LCDR Kathy Knox, was the first
female divisional officer of the RANC and, like her
husband, still serves in the Navy Reserve.
All three proudly watched as MIDN Knox and
his classmates were reviewed by Governor General
Quentin Bryce on the quarterdeck of HMAS Creswell
during the graduation ceremony.
The event marked the end of six months of initial
entry training, equipping the graduating class with the
basic knowledge and skills required to be officers in
MIDN Knox said his family's involvement in the
Navy certainly influenced his own decision to join.
"Through them I've seen a lot of the lifestyle
implications of being in the service.
"So, I knew a lot about the benefits that go with
this job and decided that I want this life for myself.
"Mum and Dad told me that it didn't matter what
I did. But, when I decided to join they were obviously
pretty excited. Gramps has had a big grin on his face
since I joined."
MIDN Knox will spend the next six months under-
taking basic pilot training at HMAS Albatross before
moving to the Australian Defence Force Academy to
begin degree studies early next year.
He hopes to move on to more advanced pilot train-
ing and learn to fly fixed-wing aircraft before graduat-
ing to helicopters.
LCDR Kathy Knox said she was proud her son
was carrying on the family tradition.
"I think Roy could have tried his hand at a lot of
things. But, there's always been an atmosphere at
home that is very friendly and connected to Navy.
Navy is family to us," she said.
Leste as a
driver for the
IN THE GENES: MIDN
Roy Knox after the
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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