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Cameron Bradfield - Leichhardt

Trinity Grammar graduate Cameron Bradfield has become a teacher in his own right following his deployment to Afghanistan as a Coalition platoon commander mentor at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy (ANAOA) in Kabul.

Originally from Leichhardt, Cameron joined the Army in 2006 through the Australian Defence Force Academy and is currently in Afghanistan providing military mentoring to Afghan instructors at ANAOA.

"As a platoon commander mentor we essentially shadow an Afghan officer and Afghan 'bridmal' or sergeant" he said.

"We provide support to them in the preparation and delivery of their lessons."

Having completed his Army officer training at the Royal Military College Duntroon, Captain Bradfield notices some similarities.

The sense of humour and the camaraderie that exists between the officers is very similar to how we are at home," he said.

"I enjoy getting to know the Afghan officers and sergeants that we mentor and having a good relationship with them."

This is Cameron's first deployment overseas and he makes sure he stays in touch with his parents, Peter and Miriam, to keep them from worrying.

"They were a bit apprehensive at first, but because I explained the role and job here they are very supportive" he said.

"I speak to them as often as I can."

Attached to the first kandak (battalion), Cameron is proud that he'll be able to see the first graduates of the academy in the coming weeks.

"It's been good and quite challenging in the sense that it can be a test of patience at times" he said.

"A lot of the cadets and mentors haven't had experience in the wider army, but in the last few months we've seen steady improvement."

Cameron is one of about 420 Australian personnel who are based at Kabul and Kandahar, Afghanistan to support the ISAF train, advise and assist mission.