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Army April 26, 2012
Cpl Max Bree
MOST parents are at home waiting for
news when their son or daughter goes
on a deployment.
But Maj Steve Pata and his son Tpr
David Pata catch up for coffee each
catch up in
Some families do everything together
Friday after they
both deployed to
knowing that he's
here with me,"
Maj Pata said.
"These are memo-
ries that we will share with our kids and
grandkids for a long time to come."
Maj Pata is on exchange with the US
82nd Airborne as an engagement plans
officer at Kandahar Airfield while Tpr
Pata is nearby working as a command post
operator with the Rotary Wing Group.
They both left Australia at the same
time and did reception and integration
training together at Al Minhad but nobody
picked the connection until two Patas
were called on the nominal roll.
"It was surreal at times, having my
first-born by my side preparing to deploy
on operations in Afghanistan," Maj Pata
said. "But we're both professionals and
made sure we
kept it cool.
"It was funny
look on people's
faces when they
worked out we
Maj Pata was
extremely proud when he discovered he
would get to share a deployment with his
son but had some reservations like any
"We're both very close and very much
alike so it's great to have some family
close by for both of us," he said.
"I was also a bit nervous, knowing the
hazardous nature of this place."
It's great knowing
that my son is here
-- Maj Steve Pata
Family reunion: Tpr David Pata and his father, Maj Steve Pata, are both deployed to Afghanistan and both
based in different units at Kandahar Airfield.
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