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Bronwyn Camin - Matong

A world away from her home town of Matong in rural New South Wales, Bronwyn Camin will be spending Anzac Day on operations in Iraq.

The Australian Army Sapper is deployed with Task Group Taji Rotation Four, a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence personnel who, over the four troop rotations, have delivered military training to 21,000 Iraqi Security Forces to help them in their fight against Daesh.

As a Multimedia Technician, Sapper Camin uses her design and IT skills to create study guides and documents to support the task group's training mission.

"It's great see the training teams working with the Iraqis on the range, and see them using the documents I've created to support the lessons they deliver," she said.

"This is my first operational deployment and it's been a really rewarding experience.

"I initially joined the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps then transferred across to the Royal Australian Engineers to become a Multimedia Technician.

"Now I'm here, doing my job in Iraq."

Sapper Camin comes from a family with a rich military history with relatives who have served from World War I through to Vietnam, including campaigns in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, New Guinea, Borneo, and the Western Front.

"My father deployed to Vietnam with the 5th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment ,and my great-grandfather fought at the Battle of Fromelles in World War I," she said.

"My Nan and Pop both served during World War II, where my Nan was part of the Australian Women's Army Service.

"I'm proud to say that I am the fourth generation of my family to have served Australia on operations."

Spending her childhood in Matong, Sapper Camin attended Narrandera High School, played netball for Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong (GGGM), and also played women’s AFL for the Riverina Red Lions.

Growing up near Kapooka, the 'Home of the Soldier' where Australian Army recruits are trained, meant Sapper Camin was inspired to join the military from a young age and despite a number of obstacles, she achieved her dream in 2010.

"I tried to join for years, but I had a few set backs," she said.

"I needed a jaw reconstruction, and my high school career advisor told me I'd never make it.

"It took me more than 10 years but I proved her wrong."

"My father was instrumental in my joining the Army – he inspired me and supported me."

This Anzac Day will be particularly memorable for Sapper Camin and her Anzac mates, as they take part in a commemorative dawn service at Taji, just north of Baghdad.

"Anzac Day is going to be pretty special this year, serving with other Anzacs.

"Working with New Zealand and coalition forces, including the British and Americans, is a great opportunity and I've made some pretty awesome mates."

When Task Group Taji 4 completes its rotation mid-year, Sapper Camin is looking forward to getting home to see her Chihuahua, Ella and her family.

"My biggest supporter while I've been deployed has been my mother," Sapper Camin said.

"She's sent me a care package each week and I can't wait to thank her for her support by taking her on her first overseas holiday to New Zealand.

"I'm being posted to Brisbane, so I'm looking forward to finding new things to explore – going for hikes, taking Ella for walks, or just spending time at the beach with a good book.

"Most of all, I'm looking forward to getting back home to watch the footy - both NRL and AFL -and I'm hoping to go to a few live games with family and friends."