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Old Haileyburians Association

Where Are They Now — John-Paul Borghouts (OH 1994)

John-Paul (JP) Borghouts (OH 1994), also known as Sergeant Borghouts, is in the Royal Australian Army active Reserves. He has worked in the Army for 24 years — 10 years full-time and 14 years in the active Reserve. He hopes to be promoted to Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) in the future.

While in active reserve, JP has worked as a police officer, mainly with the NSW Police Highway as a patrol officer.

JP’s brother, Peter (OH 1991) joined the Army in 1992 and he inspired JP to follow the same career path.

JP has served in Darwin, Townsville, Brisbane, Sydney and Victoria (Puckapunyal). In 2001, he was deployed to Border Force to assist with securing borders at a time when Australia faced major challenges with managing illegal boats and immigrants.

He has also been an investigator in the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. In this role he had to deal with road-related trauma and is passionate about preventing road trauma since a friend from the Army was involved in a serious crash with a drunk driver.

While JP missed out on overseas deployment, the highlight of his career is the mateship that comes with the job.

He has been happily married for 14 years and has two teenage children. He still feels connected to Haileybury and he and Peter enjoyed attending the Canberra Chapter dinner in 2019. He says his children would have attended Haileybury had they been living in Melbourne.

Thanks, JP, for staying connected and for your continued service to our great country.

Where Are They Now — David Deitz (OH 1994)

David Deitz (OH 1994) joined the Army in 1995 as part of the Ready Reserve scheme, which involved completing one full-time year of basic training and learning a particular employment skill, then returning home to study for four years.

David chose infantry and studied accounting which came with a requirement to work 50 –100 days a year as a part time reservist. After only a year, David realised he wanted to return to the Army full-time and he moved to Brisbane’s Enoggera Barracks.

He was posted to multiple units at Enoggera, 8/9 RAR, 2/14 LHR and 6 RAR. With 6 RAR, he deployed overseas on multiple occasions. In 2000 and from 2006 to 2007, David deployed to Timor as a specialist in reconnaissance, sniping and tracking.

“They were interesting experiences, following footprints or broken twigs, tracking pro-Indonesian militia supported by Indonesian military who were causing disruption with local people across the border between East and West Timor,” he says.

In 2006 –2007, David deployed to provide security and stabilisation to the area after the elections and civil unrest as the country transitioned from East Timor to Timor-Leste.

David then studied nursing part time after becoming a patrol medic for two years while still serving. He stepped away from infantry for a short break and assisted the medical unit teams with health assessments, pre-employment checks and immunisations.

In 2008, David was deployed to Afghanistan and was a bush master driver for a reconstruction task force. He helped local Afghani people by building girl’s schools, women’s hospitals and patrol bases for Australian soldiers to provide security to Tarin Kowt in the Uruzgan Province.

He completed another stint in Afghanistan in 2010 where he was located for nine months in a patrol base and mentored Afghani soldiers so they could learn how to provide security for their own country and people. While in that location his unit improved electricity and water supplies and pumps. They also provided women's health hubs run by female doctors and nurses from the ADF once a month. Despite the tragic loss of six mates on this tour, David witnessed the positive change for locals while they were there.

Upon returning home, David gained a Defence Force scholarship to complete a Bachelor of Nursing full-time and spent two years working in the peri-operative department at North West Private Hospital in Brisbane. He was then posted to 2nd General Hospital Battalion in Brisbane and was part of the field surgical unit in the deployable hospital.

David is currently looking after his wife and boys and is appreciating every moment with them. He loves playing football with an over 45’s team and is proud of what he has accomplished over 25 years of Army service and seeing the difference he and his fellow soldiers were able to make.

Thank you for attending the recent OHA Brisbane Chapter dinner and staying connected, David. More importantly, thank you for your service to your country.

Kylie Phillips

Development Office Operations Lead