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Coen Henry - Mount Druitt

Leading Aircraftman (LAC) Coen Henry from Mount Druitt in Sydney is an Indigenous Australian providing important logistical support to aircraft as part of Operation ACCORDION at Al Minhad Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Contributing to the sustainment of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-130J Hercules and C-17A Globemaster aircraft, LAC Henry ensures critical stores and parts are always available.

"I get supply parts to keep the aircraft flying and to keep things maintained and operating," Coen said.

"Maintenance Technicians come and ask for x, y and z and we will check our stores.

"If we have it, we will get it, if not, we will source it from other Coalition Forces or we will source it from back home."

As a storeman on operations, he supports the management, procurement, storage and physical distribution of materiel, and sustained logistics support for the Air Force.

"We work in the warehouse the majority of the time and also outside, unloading trucks and providing parts to the aircraft for the technicians," he said.

Coen took advantage earlier in his deployment to participate in the Operation ACCORDION NAIDOC Week celebrations of July 6th, 2014.

Coalition Forces members were treated at Camp Baird to a display of the history and traditions of Indigenous Australians which included a cultural performance by Coen.

"The biggest thing that influenced me to join the ADF, was to be a good role model and hopefully have people follow in my footsteps," Coen said.

Operation ACCORDION is the ADF contribution to provide support to personnel deployed across the broader Middle East Region including Afghanistan for Operation SLIPPER and Operation MANITOU in the maritime environment.