Ex-Warwickite Dispenses Aid; Briggs Integral to Australia's Humanitarian Aid Program

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HUMANITARIAN aid missions would be unable to work effectively without the support of officers like Warwick's Roger Briggs.

Now an army captain, Captain Briggs has specialised as a medical planner and is usually based in Gallipoli Barracks, Enoggera.

Now he is in Padang working as a welfare officer as a part of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) response to the devastating earthquake which struck the city on September 30.

Growing up in Warwick, Capt Briggs enjoyed the great outdoors which led him to join the army back in 1978 as a digger.

He then worked his way through the ranks to Warrant Officer Class 2 before leaving for a break.

After several years he decided to rejoin as a commissioned officer in the Medical Corps in 2006.

"I missed the people, the work and the moving around," Capt Briggs said.

"I found the army has equipped me with some special skills which I was able to put to the test last year when I walked the Kokoda Track with my brothers. …