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Chris Dwyer - Eltham North

Working in the busy administration cell of headquarters Joint Task Force 633 at Camp Baird in the Middle East region is Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Corporal Chris Dwyer.

The movements clerk is on his first overseas operational deployment, performing a critical role in the administration office of headquarters.

"I'm responsible for checking and distributing movement information for all ADF personnel travelling on civilian air transport in and out of the Middle East region," CPL Dwyer said.

"This includes personnel going overseas as part of their mid-deployment leave period and I give people advice on how to book their travel.

"I also gather daily tracking statistics on where all ADF personnel are located in the region and forward the figures to the headquarters operations cell."

He says the best part of his job, is the people he interacts with during the work day.

"I like to meet and help new people and the others who I work with in the administration cell are a good bunch," he said.

"It's a busy job and time passes by fast, but we still have time to for a laugh and a chat.

"It can be a challenging job, but it's also rewarding."

At home in Australia, he's based at RAAF Base Edinburgh in Adelaide at 3 Security Forces Squadron.

Previous to being a clerk CPL Dwyer served in a very different role within the RAAF.

"When I'd finished high school at St Helena Secondary College in Eltham North in Melbourne, I wanted to be a police dog handler," he said.

"I narrowly missed out on joining the Victoria Police Force after reaching the final selection board.

"My sister then told me about Air Force dog handlers, so I applied and was the only one from 120 applicants in Victoria to get the position."

After five years in role the he decided he needed a career change.

"My sister who was an administration clerk in the Army, suggested I become a clerk in the Air Force," he said.

"I did, and after postings to RAAF Bases Amberley and Edinburgh I'm here now deployed overseas doing something I've always wanted to do; to do my job on overseas operations."