Brisbane's Alfred Yuggu says he is “pretty happy” doing his family and, more importantly, his new country proud.
Alfred known by his Army mates as "The Big Ticket" and his family arrived in Australia from Sudan in 2002 and he is currently on deployment in the Middle East region (MER) on Operation Accordion.
He said he joined the Army after graduating from Coorparoo Secondary College and also completed a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.
"I spent several years working at the local Aldi store as a Deputy Manager before I decided I needed a career change," Private Yuggu said.
"The choice was either the Army or the police force.
"After some consideration I decided to go with the Army.
"I thought the Army offered a great opportunity to challenge myself physically and mentally."
He enlisted in the Australian Army in 2014 as a member of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and is now posted to the 9th Force Support Battalion in Brisbane, Qld.
He has deployed to Australia's main operating base in the Middle East as an Armoury Technician with Force Support Element-5 (FSE-5) where his unit provides logistics and personnel support, as well as in-theatre induction training for ADF members.
Some of their tasks include managing and distributing supplies and equipment necessary for the conduct of operations.
PTE Yuggu said his role was to organise the armoury and to make sure all the weapons were certified and ready to go.
"The various tasks we do keep us busy," he said.
"Also, the people I work with are very helpful which makes it very enjoyable."
On returning to Australia "The Big Ticket" will resume coaching soccer to the local Sudanese kids in Annerley.
"I love playing soccer and I now have the opportunity to give something back," he said.
"Soccer is a great way to bond with the local community."
Most importantly he is looking forward to spending some valuable time with his partner Helen and their toddler, Eden Rose.
Operation Accordion's mission is to support the sustainment of ADF operations, enable contingency planning and enhance regional relationships in the MER.
There are more than 1700 ADF members deployed to the MER. The ADF remains actively involved in advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces in Iraq; training and advising the Afghan National Defence Security Forces in Afghanistan; and maritime security duties throughout the region.