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John Timermanis - Canberra

Skype will run hot this Father's Day with Australian Defence Force dads deployed on operations to the Middle East region calling home to their loved ones.

Canberra father of three and Air Force reservist, Flight Lieutenant (FLTLT) John Timermanis, will be one of those calling from Australia's main operating base in the Middle East.

The 53-year-old Logistics Officer enlisted into the permanent Air Force in 1982 and has since spent many special occasions away from home.

"My family and I are used to me being away with the Air Force – it's difficult but has become easier over the years," FLTLT Timermanis said.

Currently deployed on Operation Accordion as the Service Delivery Manager of Support Services at Camp Baird, FLTLT Timermanis keeps a broad range of services running across the Middle East region.

There are 500 ADF personnel deployed on Operation Accordion working in support of Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 and its associated Task Groups in Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of the Middle East.

"For Camp Baird and other Task Groups to function, our personnel require access to support services such as communication services and transport hire," he said.

"My role is to ensure timely support solutions are provided to our deployed personnel while also being the most cost effective."

FLTLT Timermanis' role requires him to engage with many different stakeholders, which he says is the best part of the job.

"I get to interact with many people not only within my immediate locality but around the broader Middle East region."

Despite having made some great friendships, he said nothing beats taking time out with those closest to you.

"While I work with a great team of people in the Middle East and have made some very good friends, there's nothing like having family by your side."

In 2003, FLTLT Timermanis transferred to the Reserves allowing him to spend more quality time with his wife and three kids.

While Father's Day on operations will be just another regular working day, he said he will certainly call his three kids and wife to say hello.

Just in case he misses the opportunity to catch-up on the day, FLTLT Timermanis has a message for his kids.

"To Alicia, James and Charisse, I miss you all very much and am looking forward to spending time with each of you, talking and doing cool stuff. See you soon – love Dad."

In September, Flight Lieutenant Timermanis will return to his family and full-time civilian job at the Bureau of Meteorology in Canberra.

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