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Tavis Friedrichs - Pittsworth

For Tavis Friedrichs, Military Service is a long standing tradition in his family.

His grandfather Reginald fought in the Australian Imperial Force in New Guinea, his grandmother Venice was in the Australian Land Army and his younger sister Aleesha is currently attending Air Force Security basic course at RAAF Amberley QLD.

Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Tavis Friedrich is an Airfield Defence Guard with the Royal Australian Air Force at RAAF Amberley, and until very recently was deployed with the Air Task Group (ATG) on Operation OKRA, Australia's commitment to supporting Iraq regain territory held by the Daesh terrorists.

His role involved the security of the airfield where Australian and other Coalition aircraft are based.

"I got to see many different aircraft taking off day and night, depending on the shift I was working," Tavis said.

"Working within the Coalition, we’ve been able to meet other Air Force's Security Forces and talk them about how they do their jobs and learn new ways of providing security."

Tavis was a Metal Fabricator before joining the Air Force in 2014.

"Since I was a little kid I wanted to join the Forces, and what attracted me to the Air Force was the lifestyle, mateship and job security," he said.

"Now I've finished my deployment I will be spending quality time with my wife Jennifer and our five children."

Tavis is also looking forward to marching with his sister Aleesha on ANZAC Day this year, in his late father David’s hometown of Pittsworth, Queensland.

It is the first ANZAC Day that Tavis and his sister will be able to march in uniform together.

"I think that Dad would have been proud watching us both march together this ANZAC Day," he said.

"It will be a great experience marching with Aleesha for the first time".

The Air Task Group is operating at the request of the Iraqi Government within a US-led international coalition assembled to disrupt and degrade Daesh operations in the Middle East Region (MER).

The Task Group comprises seven RAAF F/A-18A Hornet fighter aircraft, an E-7A Wedgetail airborne command and control aircraft, and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport air-to-air refuelling aircraft.

The Task Group also has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the ‘Kingpin’ US tactical Command and Control Unit.