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Tuan Nguyen - Parramatta

Although Raby resident Alisha Clarkson is not a travel agent she has travelled half way around the world in her job, something she had not thought of when she attended Westfield Sports High School.

A Personnel Capability Specialist with the Royal Australian Air Force since 2011, Corporal Clarkson is presently deployed to the Middle East Region on Operation OKRA with Australia's Air Task Group.

"This deployment is for eight months and involves doing things such as personnel administration, travel, finance, air and ground operations," said CPL Clarkson.

"It's another part of an exciting career that has seen me travel to various exercises and operations across Australia.

"Now I am overseas and have visited countries in the Middle East as part of my job.

"I attended Robert Townson and Westfield Sports High and as a member of the Campbelltown District Netball Club, Christy Todhunter School of Dance and Brent Street Studios I had a pretty interesting and busy life.

"But my Air Force life has been even more fulfilling with exposure to various experiences with even the opportunity to represent the Air Force at the Centenary of Military Aviation held at Point Cook in Victoria, the birthplace of the Royal Australian Air Force.

"I am halfway through this deployment and I already miss my dancing activities and the fun I have doing that.

"It'll be great to get back home and perhaps do some Master Classes to polish up my dancing skills, or have a meal with family and friends at the Macarthur Tavern," she said.

The Air Task Group (ATG) of Operation OKRA, is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER).

The ATG comprises six RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.