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Lisa Bailey - Baulkham Hills

Going from the streets of Baulkham Hills to the streets of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, former Gilroy College student Lisa Bailey is taking her driving skills to a whole new level as an Up-Armoured Sports Utility Vehicle driver.

After joining the Army in 2012, the 26 year old Private (PTE) is now responsible for ensuring Australians deployed to Kabul are able to get to areas of the city safely.

“As a driver, we’re often concentrating on the other vehicles that are travelling with us and the civilian cars around us” PTE Bailey said.

“But, along with the commanders, we’re also constantly thinking about possible threats out there that could affect us.”

It’s the first time Lisa has deployed to Afghanistan and she says the variety involved in her job is one of the best parts of the experience.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” she said.

“It’s always a different story every drive, so you feel like you really have a purpose in what you’re doing.”

Private Bailey is one of approximately 400 ADF personnel in Afghanistan’s Kabul and Kandahar supporting the International Security Assistance Force mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.

Australia will continue to support Afghanistan’s security, development and governance throughout 2014.