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Annual Report 2014–15

Staff Profiles

Miranda Buckley

Recognising excellence and ethical conduct in the Army

Corporal Miranda Buckley was a recipient of the inaugural Jonathan Church Ethical Soldier award in 2015. The award recognises selected junior soldiers and officers who consistently demonstrate the Army’s 10 core behaviours and who embody the Army’s contract with the nation. The award also recognises excellence in soldiering while highlighting the ethical dimension of the profession.

Miranda joined the Army in 2007. After completing recruit training, she completed her basic dental assisting course before her first posting to the 2nd Health Support Battalion as a Dental Assistant. In 2009, she was posted to the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion, where she completed her senior dental assisting course and junior leadership course. In 2010, Miranda was promoted to Corporal and appointed as the Clinical Manager for the dental facility. In 2012, she was posted to Robertson Barracks Health Centre in Darwin and became the practice’s Dental Manager.

In 2013, Miranda was posted to the 2nd General Health Battalion as a Dental Assistant. During this time, she has undertaken numerous field exercises and, in 2014, deployed to Papua New Guinea on Exercise Olgeta Warrior and Operation Render Safe. As well as supporting ADF troops, the dental team treated and provided civil aid to local communities.

‘This deployment was the highlight of my career. Our dental team treated over 350 patients. As well as doing dental work, I had the opportunity to work in the local hospital’s maternity ward assisting with the delivery of babies’, Miranda said.

Miranda is an empathetic soldier who always acts with the utmost respect for others. She goes above and beyond what is required of her to ensure that her patients are relaxed and prepared for treatment. While deployed to Papua New Guinea on Exercise Olgeta Warrior, Miranda would spend time studying Tok Pisin, so when children presented for treatment she was able to communicate and interact with them to put them more at ease. While deployed on Exercise Olgeta Warrior, she placed her patients’ needs ahead of her own and worked tirelessly to ensure that the dental team provided local communities with long-lasting health benefits.

Miranda and her husband, Corporal David Buckley, a Section Commander at the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment mortar platoon, have two children together—Shamus, who is one year old, and Lillian, who is six. They enjoy spending time at home with each other, fitness and the occasional movie.