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Melissah Triffett - Derwent Valley

The Derwent Valley's Melissah Triffett is preparing to head home after six months of serving on ADF operations in the Middle East.

The Army clerk deployed to Iraq as a member of Task Group Taji Rotation Four, a combined force of Australian and New Zealand personnel who are training Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorists.

Corporal Triffett is nearing the end of this, her first deployment, where she works in administration for the 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand members of the Task Group.

The task group will return home in mid-2017 once they are replaced by Task Group Taji Rotation Five.

"I work in task group headquarters and my job involves personnel tracking, reporting, and monitoring the movement of people in and out of the Taji Military Complex," Melissah said.

"Occasionally I head out to the training areas to help with delivery of training to the Iraqi soldiers.

"I assist with weapon handling, marksmanship principles, and first aid.

"The Iraqis really appreciate the work that we are doing here."

Growing up in the Derwent Valley, Corporal Triffett attended the Glenora District School from kindergarten through to Year 10, and played soccer for the New Norfolk Eagles.

"I enjoyed the country life growing up," she said.

"I would ride motorbikes across our farmland, and go fishing and camping with my sisters and cousins.

"I played soccer until I joined the army and then, when I posted to Darwin, I started to play AFL.

"I definitely felt the change from soccer games on frosty Tasmanian mornings, to midday games of AFL in 30 degree Darwin heat."

Corporal Triffett has enjoyed her time in Iraq and will soon be returning home to be reunited with her family and friends.

"I have met some great people here and working alongside the New Zealanders as part of an Anzac task group has been a great experience," she said.

"I'm going to take a holiday to do some scuba diving, but mostly I'm excited to visit family in Tasmania—have a coffee with mum, and see how much my nieces and nephews have grown."