By John Oddie

As a farm boy in western Victoria, John Oddie could watch RAAF jets cross overhead as he ploughed hay fields, pondering what it'd be prefer to fly this type of laptop. Thirty-five years later - having flown Hueys, Chinooks, Hercules, jets and C-17s in various operations - John had risen to the rank of Air Commodore.

John's appointment as deputy commander of Aussie forces within the center East capped a striking profession of carrier to Australia. unfortunately, this honour additionally concerned the heartbreaking responsibility of informing households of the deaths in their husbands and sons in Afghanistan and overseeing departure ceremonies for the fallen soldiers.

As good as masking the warfare in Afghanistan, Flight Command offers an insider's account of being a wrestle pilot within the first Gulf warfare, a commander aiding peace in Bougainville and protection in Cambodia and the usually harrowing adventure of being a first-response commander facing the aftermath of the Boxing Day tsunami in Indonesia.

By turns heart-warming and poignant, Flight Command is the tale of a farm boy who controlled to carve a world occupation within the army that incorporated provider in wars.

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