This Anzac Day, Captain Adam Chirgwin will be half a world away from his Bendigo home on a training mission for Iraqi Security Forces just north of Baghdad.
The Army officer is currently deployed with Task Group Taji Rotation Four, a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel.
As part of Operation Okra, Australia's contribution to the internal coalition effort against Daesh, he is deployed with Task Group Taji 4 where he's training Iraqi Security Forces for their fight against the terrorist group.
"This is my first deployment and it has been an amazing experience working with Australian, New Zealand and coalition forces in a combined environment, you couldn't ask for a more professional group of soldiers and officers," he said.
"I am deployed as the Second-in-Command of an Anzac training company.
"Our role is to provide individual and small unit training to the Iraqi Security Forces before they move forward to fight Daesh in places like Mosul and elsewhere in Iraq."
On Anzac Day, Captain Chirgwin will be working closely with members of the Iraqi Security Forces as part of his day-to-day duties.
"They are amazing people," he said.
"Despite what they have been through in recent years, they are still some of the modest generous and welcoming people you could ever meet.
"It's been a really humbling experience meeting some of the trainees and leaning what they have been through."
When not on duty, Captain Chirgwin enjoys spending time relaxing over a coffee or 'near-beer' (non-alcoholic beer) with his mates.
"It's been fantastic to receive cards and gifts from family and friends, as well as care packages from the RSL," he said.
"It's a brilliant boost to morale for everyone."
Captain Chirgwin moved to Bendigo with his family in 2000 where he attended St Peter's Primary School and Catholic College Bendigo.
"It's a long way from home, and it's a shame I don't get to spend Easter and Anzac Day with the family in Victoria, but we are doing important work here," he said.
"From all reports we are achieving some very good results.
Captain Chirgwin said some of his fondest memories were of travelling around Central Victoria to play sport on a Saturday morning.
"Growing up, I used to play soccer for Golden City, and spent a year playing AFL for Calivil United," he said.
"I'm looking forward to getting home and catching the end of the footy season in Melbourne while on leave.
"Hopefully St Kilda does a little better than the last few years."
Captain Adam Chirgwin is a member of Task Group Taji 4, a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel training Iraqi Security Forces as part of Operation OKRA to defeat Daesh and maintain security in Iraq.
There are about 300 Australians and 100 New Zealanders in the Task Group.