NEXT GENERATION: (From left) Warwick Christian College principal Carmelo Rubio, and Liz, Abby and Noel Grosskopf at the dawn service.
NEXT GENERATION: (From left) Warwick Christian College principal Carmelo Rubio, and Liz, Abby and Noel Grosskopf at the dawn service. Elyse Wurm

Warwick dad helped stop the fighting in East Timor

WHEN Noel Grosshopf was helping maintain Royal Australian Air Force aircraft bound for East Timor, he said he played his part in stopping a war.

Mr Grosshopf said three reconnaissance missions were enough to turn the tables.

"Things were escalating until they saw we'd hit them with a big stick,” he said.

"They decided talking was better than shooting.”

An avionics technician for 19 years, Mr Grosshopf's service legacy is set to continue with his daughter Abby, 16, setting her sights on becoming a nurse in the Australian Army.

The Warwick Christian College student was one of 17ACU cadets that formed the cataflaque party for the dawn service at Leslie Park yesterday.

"I'm very honoured, we look up to the servicemen and women of this country,” she said.

Abby has been part of the cadets for almost two years, saying it had helped her in other aspects of her life.

"I think I've got more confidence in class too and speaking to people,” she said.

Mr Grosshopf said he was very proud to watch his daughter take part in the commemorations.

"It's a day to remember the freedoms we have came at a price,” he said. "The fact that my daughters have that respect and honour feels good.”

Mr Grosshopf said Anzac Day highlighted the large number of former servicemen and women who call Warwick home.



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