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Award of Nursing Service Cross to SGT Geoff Cox

For his bravery and composure under highly dangerous and stressful circumstances Sergeant Geoffrey Cox will be presented with a rare award, but he most looks forward to seeing his family at the ceremony.

The Governor of Queensland Quentin Bryce is scheduled to present SGT Cox with a Nursing Service Cross in a ceremony at Government House on Friday 24 September.

The award follows a two-month stint in East Timor where SGT Cox was deployed to teach first aid to the country's armed forces.

Soon after their arrival in May last year the servicemen were caught in the fierce gun battles in Dili.

They treated nine East Timorese people for gunshot and shrapnel wounds before transporting them to hospitals outside Dili. They were then called to action again in 8 June when 16 soldiers were injured in a vehicle rollover.

SGT Cox, 40, said he was proud to join a select group of 24 Australians who have been awarder the cross.

"I guess it's one of the least awarded medals around," SGT Cox said. "But seeing my family will be the most important thing."

SGT Cox spent his teenage years in Esk, but now spends long periods away from home in the Army.

He is stationed at a Regimental Aid Post in Darwin and jumps at the chance to come home.

His sister, three brothers and in-laws will be in the audience at Government House.

Courtesy Queensland Times 5 Sep 2007.

Geoff Cox