Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department is a long way from the Middle East but Gina Noble still works in the casual pool when she’s home in Australia between world travels.
A Nursing Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force's Combat Support Unit at Australia’s main operating air base in the Middle East Region, Gina is midway through her first overseas deployment.
A graduate of the University of South Australia, Gina went to school in Gawler, at Gawler Primary and Xavier College, perhaps to avoid extra homework from her mother who is a teacher at St Brigid's Primary School.
"I'm one of four girls in my family and the first to join the Australian Defence Force which has led me to travel the world," said Flight Lieutenant Noble.
"My nursing degree was sponsored by the Royal Australian Air Force and I worked at the Lyell McEwin Hospital during my graduate training. I still pick up odd shifts here and there when I'm not working in my primary nursing role at RAAF Base Edinburgh".
"I have completed Aeromedical Evacuations from the Middle East Region and even became a member of the health support team that was in place at Woomera Test Range in the recent Hi Fire 5b rocket launch which was the first for many years".
"Netball has been my sport of choice and I have very happy memories of my time with the Gawler Centrals and the Barossa Netball Club and I miss the fun we had together".
The Air Task Group (ATG) 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 ATG comprises six 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. Additionally, the ATG has personnel working in the Combined Air and Space Operations Centre, and embedded with the 'Kingpin' US tactical Command and Control Unit.