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Sam Wright - Mount Pleasant

LOCAL Mount Pleasant lad and Air Force Flight Lieutenant Sam Wright is getting ready to pack-up and ship gear out of Afghanistan.

Will works as a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) logistics officer at Kandahar Airfield with a detachment of Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft.

"We're the last rotation so I'm involved with the extraction and packing up," he said. "A lot of it's getting disposed of here but there is a still lot of logistics admin to do to get disposals closed off.

“It's a great experience to be on such a big project, to be on the last rotation through that has to pack up and come home."

The Herons provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance to the International Security Assistance Force in southern Afghanistan.

Will, now aged 28, grew up in Mount Pleasant and finished Birdwood High in 2003 before joining the RAAF four years later.

"I was doing a business degree so I wanted to apply that to something and a logistics officer in the RAAF looked like a good way,” he said. “It’s a pretty diverse specialisation, there are a lot of different roles you can do and there's always plenty of travel."

His work with the Air Force inspired some of Will’s civilian mates to take a close look at the RAAF.

"I have a few friends outside Defence and they think it's pretty cool," he said. "One of my mates is looking into reserve work because they've seen what I do.

"You're always going somewhere, doing something and making a difference while a lot of my mates work office jobs."

Will is due to finish his four month deployment in December.

The Australian Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft provides high resolution Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance information to support personnel on the ground throughout ISAF Regional Command - South.

Personnel deployed with the Herons are drawn from Air Force, Army and Navy and is scheduled to be the final rotation of the highly successful platform for Australia's Operation Slipper in Afghanistan. All personnel are set to return home at the end of 2014.