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Australian Defence Force Academy

Travel around Australia and the world

Lieutenant Colonel Carla Watts

Since graduating from ADFA I have worked and lived all around Australia, and visited every State and Territory. I have also deployed to East Timor and the Middle East, living and working in Lebanon, Israel and Syria.

"A career with the Australian Defence Force offers amazing opportunities to travel Australia and the world. "

Most memorable for me was peace keeping in the Middle East with the United Nations My job was to patrol the blue line, as the border between Israel and Lebanon was known. As an ordnance officer I worked with local and community leaders to determine how best to provide humanitarian support and infrastructure. I also had the chance to experience the culture and make a real difference to the future of the region.

During my career I have represented the Australian Defence Force during official visits to many corners of the world, including Turkey, Egypt, Tonga, United Arab Emirates and India. The highlight of this was travelling to Gallipoli as the Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General as he gave the keynote address at the Anzac Day Dawn Service. It was significant for me to be able to pay my respects in a place of such military and historical importance.