Gerry joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1966 at the age of 16 and was posted to Wagga Wagga in NSW to complete an Engine Fitter Apprenticeship.
He completed that course and was posted to his first squadron in 1968. The next 17 and a half years included postings to Townsville, Darwin, Amberly and Edinburgh, working on a variety of aircrafts. In 1986 Gerry retired from the Airforce with the rank of Sergeant.
After spending time adjusting to civilian life, Gerry then worked for the next 20 years at an Engineering supply company before retiring.
In 2012, after requiring assistance with a DVA claim and realising the need for more volunteers, Gerry joined the Sub-Branch as an Advocate. He has now been volunteering for over six years and is qualified as a level three advocate.
Gerry has been involved with a number of community organisations for most of his life including being on the National Board of APEX Clubs Australia, President of the Darwin APEX Club, President of the Elizabeth APEX Club, President of the Edge Hill APEX Club, Whitfield Progress Association and Yorkey’s Knob. He is also a life member of the Cairns APEX Club.