True Blue Conversations - Matthew Connelly Cavanagh
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
2w ago
On this week’s podcast, I speak to 3 RAR / Current Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Station Officer Matthew Connelly Cavanagh. Matt was posted into 3 RAR and deployed to East Timor in 1999. In 2000, Matt then transferred to Army Fire Service. In 2004, Matt discharged from the Army and joined the ACT Fire Brigade until 2008. In that same year, Matt went on to join the Queensland Fire Department. Matt is currently a station officer and a recruit instructor passing on his knowledge and over 20 years. Fire experience to new recruits.   Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Matthew Connelly ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - NSW Police & Fire Rescue NSW Firefighter Veteran Mitch Parker
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
1M ago
On this week’s podcast I speak to Mitch Parker former NSW Police officer former Superintendent NSW SES Command of the New England and Retained Fire Fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW.  Mitch spent 17 years within the NSW police and 17 years and counting as a retained fire fighter with NSW Fire and Rescue.  During his time within both roles Mitch has many stories from incidents that even led to receiving commendations for bravery as both police officer and firefighter. After an extensive career serving the community on the front lines he moved onto the role as Superintendent NSW SES Com ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Australian Army Photographer Veteran Rachel Ingram Part 2
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
1M ago
On part two of our chat with Rachel Ingram we speak about coming back from deployments.  Being medically discharged from the Army after 19 year’s service and facing what every veteran faces when they leave the ADF, Transition, finding purpose after service and finding a new identity away from Defence the highs and the lows faced by all veterans and first responders when they leave service.     Presenter: Adam Blum Guest: Rachel Ingram Editor: Kyle Watkins Investigative Consultant: Adam Holloway ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Australian Army Photographer Veteran Rachel Ingram Part 1
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
2M ago
On this week’s podcast I speak with Army veteran Rachel Ingram. Rache served for 19 years in the Australian Army deployed on multiple deployments including East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq, Solomon Islands, and multiple deployments in Australia. Rache was the first female photographer in the Army and covered 39 of the of the 41 official funeral services of the soldiers killed in action in Afghanistan and other Soldiers who were killed here in Australia and on other operations. Rache was serving with 1RAR as part of the Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF – 2) in 2009 where Private Ben R ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Australian Special Forces 2nd Commando Regiment/ Police Veteran : The Tip of the Spear
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
2M ago
On this week’s podcast I speak with Australian Special Forces 2nd Commando Regiment Veteran / Police Officer Murray Turner. A friend submitted an application on behalf of Murray to become a NSW Police Officer. After a short two-year career as a Police Officer, Murray was looking to further his career in which he decided to join the Royal Australian Army. Upon being accepted into the military post training he was posted to the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. He then completed selection for then 4RAR Commando which now is the 2nd Commando Regiment. He spent a total of 16 years as a Comm ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - WA Police Officer Stephanie Bochorsky
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
3M ago
On this week’s podcast I speak with Western Australian Police Officer / Army veteran Senior Constable Stephanie Bochorsky SC, who had a willingness to serve and her dream was to join the police from a young age. This dream was achieved in 2008 when Stephanie was accepted into the WA Police academy, Steph had to overcome adversity and also sat the police entrance exam on the day her Mother passed away.   All of her training could not prepare her for what she would face In the early morning of 28 August 2015, Senior Constable (then First Class Constable) Stephanie Bochorsky rescued two youn ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Damien Thomlinson 2nd Commando Veteran
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
3M ago
 On this week’s podcast I speak with Damien Thomlinson former 2nd Commando Regiment Operator, Author, Actor, Motivational Speaker , Golfer, Double Amputee IED Survivor. Inspired by the military service of his grandfather, Damien joined the Australian Defence Force and at the age of just 24 achieved his dream of becoming a Commando. This elite group is tasked with the most physically demanding, mentally challenging and dangerous roles in the armed forces. He joined the Australian Army in 2005, It was while serving in Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment that Thomlinson’s li ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Jordan Mccallum 4RAR Commando / SASR Veteran
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
3M ago
On this week’s podcast we speak with former 4RAR Commando / SASR Veteran Jordan McCallum. Jordan served 19 years within the Australian Army, starting as an infantryman and first deploying to East Timor in 2003 with the 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regiment. Shortly after returning he passed the Special Forces (SF) barrier test for 2nd Commando Regiment (originally 4RAR) getting his first taste of SF.   Jordan spent six years at the 2nd Commando Regt (2 Cdo) and deployed twice to Afghanistan within Special Operations Task Group (SOTG). Both trips were life changing for Jordan in many way ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - Sonya Leeding Blue Widow
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
4M ago
On this week's episode we speak with current serving Queensland Police Officer (QPS) Detective Senior Constable / Author Sonya Leeding,  Born in New Zealand, Sonya relocated to Australia with her parents and three siblings in 1987. Sonya grew up in Logan and relocated to the Gold Coast in 2001. After completing a double degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Laws Sonya practiced law for a short time and found her true passion in policing in 2003. She has been a Queensland Police Officer ever since, working at Southport, Runaway Bay, and eventually finding her pass ..read more
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True Blue Conversations - 2 x Olympian Kayaker & QFS Firefighter Aly Bull
True Blue History Podcast
by Adam Blum
5M ago
On this week’s podcast we speak with 2 x Olympian kayaker & QFS Queensland Fire Service firefighter Aly Bull. Born and raised in Queensland Aly’s love for the water came at a young age. Unable to go to the Olympic Games in her chosen sport of surf lifesaving, Alyssa ‘Aly’ Bull started kayaking to fulfil an Olympic dream. Bull was inspired to try kayaking when she watched her surf lifesaving idol Naomi Flood compete at London 2012.    When Aly is not working as a firefighter or training in her kayak, you will find her giving back to the community as a Surf Lifesaver and competing ..read more
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