Two Tassie mates from Hobart had the opportunity to catch up recently on Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations in the Middle East.
Corporals (CPL) Phil Rule and Mark Peacock have been mates for an eternity after they went to the same school, mixed with the same circle of friends and even played for the same sports clubs.
They are now in the Army Reserve and Air Force and are proudly serving Australia on operational service.
CPL Peacock, 37, joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 2000 and is a member of No.1 Expeditionary Health Squadron at RAAF Base Amberley, Qld and deployed to Australia's main operating base in the Middle East region.
His mate, CPL Rule, 37, is an Army Reserve member with the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps and recently returned to Australia after completing a five-month deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan.
The seasoned veterans, with several deployments under their belts, caught up for a brief catch-up during travel through Australia's main operating base in the Middle East.
CPL Peacock deployment finishes in late April and said this was the first time since joining the ADF that they had the opportunity to meet on deployment.
"We have never met on our deployments before - it was great to finally catch up," CPL Peacock said.
In his day-to-day life in Tasmania, CPL Rule can be seen patrolling the streets of north Hobart as a member of the Tasmanian Police Force stationed at Glenorchy.
There are more than 1700 ADF members deployed to the Middle East region.
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 Middle East region.