Seung Oh works at Amberley, a world away from his South Korean roots, and he couldn’t be happier that he serves the nation where he and his family now live.
Leading Aircraftman Aaron (Seung) Oh is a supply clerk with the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Base Amberley and is presently deployed with the Air Task Group at Australia’s main operating air base in the Middle East Region.
"When I was doing my national service with the South Korean Army I attended a lot of exercises, but this is the first time I have been deployed on operations, said Aaron.
"When my family emigrated I knew that following my national service a military career was one I wanted to pursue and I was very impressed with Air Force's values and future vision so I joined up.
"Since I joined in 2014, I have had a role in supply logistics and I have really enjoyed the different challenges of applying my skills on Operation OKRA in the Middle East.
"There are many reasons that I love my job in the Australian Defence Force, but mostly I am proud of myself that I serve the nation where my family and friends live.
"This is so important to me and I want my kids to know this and from my example someday, hopefully, they will do the same thing for our country, Australia," Aaron continued.
Leading Aircraftman Oh is deployed with The Air Task Group (ATG) of Operation OKRA, which 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.