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Martin Allen - Goulburn

Goulburn-born accountant Martin Allen is spending a large part of this year crunching numbers for the Army on deployment to Iraq.

Captain Allen has deployed on Operation Okra with Task Group Taji, a combined force of over 300 Australian and 100 New Zealand military personnel training Iraqi security forces.

Martin is a qualified accountant by profession, who joined the Army in 2011 as a Finance Officer and has previously served in Afghanistan.

As the Task Group's Finance Officer, Martin is responsible for overseeing the Task Group's financial management while also running the deployed cash office where he responsible for the daily distribution of cash withdrawals to deployed members.

"One thing about running the cash office is that you seem to be popular with everyone" he said.

"An average day can include preparing reports on the Task Group's finances as well as looking after our soldiers who need cash to buy bits and pieces."

Prior to joining the Army, Martin worked in a variety of financial roles in the private sector before making a late transition into military life.

"I've had done just about everything you could do with numbers in the private sector," he said.

"I heard about the role of Finance Officers within the Army and once I looked into it realised that there was a solid future in it for me.

"The opportunity to deploy overseas and do something I love is a real highlight in my working career."

Martin and his team will be returning to Australia in December in time for Christmas for some down time before returning to duty early next year.

"It will be nice to get home and spend some time with the wife and just relax after the deployment," he said.

"I really miss the beach and getting out and about in the outdoors around New South Wales, it will be a welcome change."/p>