A Combat Controller on Operations
By Troy Knight with Brooke Strahan
Published by Big Sky Publishing
RRP $32.99 in paperback | ISBN 9781922615657
Brooke Strahan, co-author, reveals in the very first pages that Troy Knight has not escaped the legacy of war trauma. No longer serving, he nevertheless ‘goes to war every day’, battling the demons that try to break him…’.
Havoc-06 is the story of this former Australian Combat Controller. It is also his call sign. As a RAAF Airfield Defence Guard, Troy had not found the military adventure he sought; combat operations.
His thirst for overseas deployment saw him privately contract his services in Iraq and South East Asia, but when he got whiff that the Australian Defence Force was raising a new defence capability, he couldn’t help but want to be part of it.
The new Defence capability, termed the ‘Special Tactics Project,’ would see Troy undertaking the gruelling Commando Selection course.
The physical demands of the training leave some men with broken bodies and ruined careers. Troy, however, was one of Australia’s first Combat Controllers attached to the Australian Army 2nd Commando Regiment.
Havoc-06 is the untold story of the Australian Combat Controller, but it is also Troy’s personal story and one that will resonate with so many.