Victoria Cross recipient corporal Daniel Keighran returns to Kapooka

Kapooka's finest: Private Jessica Grassi was one of two soldiers named the "most outstanding" at Friday's march out, receiving an award from VC recipient corporal Daniel Keighran.
Kapooka's finest: Private Jessica Grassi was one of two soldiers named the "most outstanding" at Friday's march out, receiving an award from VC recipient corporal Daniel Keighran.

Two of Kapooka’s most outstanding soldiers said it was “a real honour” to shake hands with one of Australia’s bravest veterans. 

Victoria Cross recipient corporal Daniel Keighran returned to the Home of the Soldier at Blamey Barracks for the first time this week since his initial training in 2000. 

The 34-year-old was in 2010 awarded for “valour in the presence of the enemy", after he drew Taliban fire to protect a fellow wounded soldier and friend during battle. 

One of four living, Australian VC recipients, Cpl Keighran watched members of his former section, 6RAR, graduate from the 80-day training course. 

CPL Daniel Keighran VC met with recruits in their first week of the Army Preconditioning Program, answering the recruits' questions about Army life and speaking with with soldiers working as staff at Kapooka.

CPL Daniel Keighran VC met with recruits in their first week of the Army Preconditioning Program, answering the recruits' questions about Army life and speaking with with soldiers working as staff at Kapooka.

Cpl Keighran presented the Cameron Baird VC MG Award for the two graduating platoon’s most outstanding soldiers on Friday. 

Private Jamie Wood, from 45 platoon, and private Jessica Grassi from 46 platoon said meeting Cpl Keighran was something they never thought they’d do. 

“It was a huge honour to meet him and shake his hand,” Pte Grassi said. 

“It was so nerve-wracking.” 

See also: Female soldiers making a mark