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Army July 21, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
SONGWRITER Cpl Joachim Gilroy,
7 Sig Regt, has finetuned his love of music
and penned the moving song You're a
Soldier Too which is entered in this year's
Queensland Music Awards.
The song was recorded by Cpl Gilroy's
brother Jake Gilroy and Jay Seeney from
Forever Road, a NSW band described as play-
ing high energy rock with a hint of country.
A passionate and emotional song, You're
a Soldier Too has already received a lot of
acclaim since it was played by Sydney radio
station C91.3FM on Anzac Day.
Cpl Gilroy said he grew up with a love of
song writing along with his brother Jake, who
inspired him to take up the pen and continue
"On a quiet night during an exercise I
reflected on my time spent on operations in
East Timor and Afghanistan and thought of
my loved ones at home and how strong and
understanding they were," Cpl Gilroy said.
"My family was always encouraging me
-- they put their personal issues aside and told
me everything was fine.
"I am very proud of the song and the mes-
sage it sends to ADF personnel and their loved
ones and I can't believe the success it is hav-
ing -- it has just taken off.
"There has been a lot of positive feedback
from members of the Army as well as my unit
and I am hoping the song can be used for pres-
entations in the future."
The project has been an eye-opener for Cpl
Gilroy and showed him how easy things can go
ahead when there is a passion for sharing music.
The winners of the Queensland Music Awards will be
announced on August 16 and You're a Soldier Too is
now available on iTunes.
In tune with life
By LCpl Mark Doran
GUNNERS from 7 Fd Bty are in
training for a 12km gun push with
a M1A2 105mm Howitzer for the
WA City to Surf on August 28.
Almost 25 soldiers based at
Irwin Barracks in Karrakatta will
be helping raise funds for CanTeen,
the Australian organisation for
young people living with cancer.
It is also the inaugural Out in
Force challenge, where teams from
the ADF and the emergency ser-
vices will compete for a perpetual
trophy and ultimate bragging rights.
WO2 Garry Hogg, Training WO
7 Fd Bty, said the gun push was a
challenge on a number of levels and
had never been undertaken at such a
large event in Australia.
"I wanted to challenge the sol-
diers and foster esprit de corps,
which is all about comradeship,
mateship, loyalty and team work,"
WO2 Hogg said.
"In order to prepare, the team
will undertake endurance training,
including long-distance running
and upper-body strength, as well as
learning load-carrying techniques.
"Physically, it will be a challenge
because the soldiers of the battery
have never had the opportunity to
take part in such a demanding activ-
ity and rarely run more than 3km.
"Group dynamics will be the
other key challenge, so we will
need to work together and develop
a strong sense of team work.
"We believe we can finish the
race in around 1hr 45min -- how-
ever, we may achieve a time closer
to 1hr 30min."
Gunning for win
in WA City to Surf
You're a soldier too
The desert breeze is blowing
on my face
It seems there's beauty in this
It's blown away the heat of this
I whisper and hope it blows
Thank you for being strong
And for waiting long for me
And that I can trust you
through and through
I couldn't do this on my own
Without my loving wife
I'm a soldier, but baby
you're a soldier too.
On song: Cpl Joachim Gilroy, 7 Sig Regt, has written a song about
families and friends of soldiers.
Photo by Rebecca Gilroy
Team effort: LBdr Shane Walker, foreground, with fellow soldiers
from 7 Fd Bty practise pulling the Howitzer for the City to Surf.
Photo by Marcus Whisson
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