Geoff Hazel's story
Geoff Hazel enlisted in the Australian Army on his 17th birthday. After basic military training, he was posted to 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR). His unit deployed to Vietnam in 1967-68.
After returning to Australia, Geoff had an offer to join the Australian Army Training Team Vietnam (AATTV). He served again in Vietnam in 1970-71.
After he left the army, Geoff joined the Australian Capital Territory Police Force in 1972 as a constable. Between 1972 and 1990, he performed many roles, including operational work, training new personnel, media liaison and operational planning. He also deployed to Darwin in the Northern Territory in the aftermath of Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
In 1979, the ACT Police became a key component in forming the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Geoff was promoted to commissioned rank in 1990.
Geoff's first deployment in 1992 was with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). In Cyprus, Geoff was the Operational Commander for sectors 1 and 2. He also served in the UN Police Humanitarian Officer and Contingent Administrative officer roles. He returned to Australia in 1993.
Geoff's next deployment in 1994 was with the United Nations Operation in Mozambique (ONUMOZ). He became the commander for the 2nd Australian Contingent. In Mozambique, he also served as Chief Regional Investigations Officer. Geoff was awarded the UN Commissioner's Commendation for his services in Mozambique.