Soldier honoured to return home for Anzac Day

Major Adam White will deliver the commemorative address in Guyra on Thursday.
23rd Apr 2024

Former resident Major Adam White has returned to Guyra for Anzac Day and will play a pivotal role in this year’s commemorations. He will deliver the commemorative address at the main service in Guyra, something which he says is a great honour.
Adam grew up in Guyra and was educated exclusively at Guyra Central School. He was commissioned into the Australian Regular Army on 30 June 2004 and graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon. He progressed through the ranks to become a Major in 2014, and has served throughout Australia and overseas.
Twenty years on since enlisting, Adam said he felt the timing was right to return home to the place where his journey began and also give back a little in memory of the many people who inspired him to kick-start his military career.
“It's pretty important for me to be here on such a special day,” Adam said.
“Most people who know me, know that I was pretty community-minded when I was here, and I am honoured to come home and still be part of that community.
“I say home deliberately because Guyra will always be home, and Anzac Day has always been important to me. I remember being part of the march every year when I was at school.
“Growing up, I was always going to join the military, and I had some pretty significant mentors at school who steered me in that direction. I don't think there was ever another option.
“That is part of the message I have for young people today, that it is important to be part of Anzac Day and also important to be part of the community that you live in, by getting involved and giving back.”
While he has always respected the Anzac tradition, it wasn’t until he was older that he fully realized his own family history of service.
His great-grandfather, Augustus Francis White served in the 33rd Battalion during WW1
“It's nice knowing more of that family history now that I am older, and it makes being here more significant because I have that connection and history of service in my own family.”
Adam and his partner Vittoria live in Darwin and have four daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, is a firefighter and Emergency Incident Controller. He is also the Vice President of the local fishing club, the coordinator of the Barra Nationals fishing competition.
He has been awarded the Australian Active Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Operational Service Medal – Greater Middle East Region, Defence Long Service Medal, Australian Defence Medal, NATO Non-Article 5 Medal, United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Silver Commendation, and Australian Defence Force Silver Commendation.

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