25-year-old Chad from Broken Hill is currently deployed to East Timor with the Australian Army as part of Exercise Pacific Partnership 2014.
"I don’t know too many jobs that offer you the chance to have direct input into the rebuilding of a country," Chad said.
Chad joined the Army in 2007. He is a member of 21 Construction Squadron, 6 Engineer Support Regiment based in Brisbane.
Pacific Partnership is an annual United States sponsored humanitarian and civilian assistance exercise aimed at strengthening international relationships with partner and host nations in the Asia-Pacific.
Chad, who is on his first overseas deployment, believes Australia’s investment in the country has paid off.
"It’s hard to believe that there ever was a conflict here," he said.
"The people of East Timor are very friendly and it’s a pleasure to work with engineers from the East Timor Defence Force."
Having been in East Timor for over three weeks now, Chad said his job is providing the local community of Comoro with a much needed new emergency medical room.
"Many injuries you hear of are caused by traffic accidents and it makes me feel proud that I’m working on a construction project that will help these people," he said.
Chad said that working with the East Timorese soldiers has been a unique experience.
"They’re sometimes a bit shy at first, but you quickly fall into that universal language that all soldiers speak and at the end of the day we get the job done," he said.
"You also develop enormous respect for their commitment; they seem to know that this project isn’t just about a job, it’s about the future for their community."
Chad looks forward to eventually getting back home to spend time with his partner Letitia and family.