DANIEL Vagulans enjoyed a couple of beers for Christmas - in East Timor.
The 20-year-old former Woolgoolga High School student is currently serving his country as part of Operation Astute in East Timor, an Australian Defence Force mission to assist the East Timorese government to bring stability and security to the Timorese people.
It sounds like a big job, but for Daniel it's all in a day's work in his role as an Army signaller.
“My job is to look after the computer network, doing repairs and maintenance to hardware and software,” Daniel said.
“It's definitely interesting.”
Daniel has been in East Timor for three months and he said the best thing about his deployment is experiencing a different culture.
“The scenery is just beautiful here and the locals are friendly,” he said.
“This is my first time overseas anywhere and it's been a great experience.”
Christmas in East Timor for our troops consists of a luncheon on Christmas Day and a ration of two beers.
Daniel said he will be missing his parents on Christmas Day, who live in Woolgoolga, but he said he would be back home for a visit late next month.
“I miss the surf the most and I'll definitely be hitting the water when I get back,” he said.