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Craig Webb - Darwin

Darwin-based soldier Warrant Officer Class 1 Craig Webb has served his country for more than half his life.

As the son of an Australian soldier wounded in the Battle of Long Tan, it was inevitable Craig was going to join the Australian Army.

He is currently deployed on Operation Mazurka in the Middle East region with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt and will be deployed over Anzac Day this year.

"This year, I'll be attending Anzac Day in Jerusalem, where, 100 years ago, the Anzac Mounted Division fought against the Ottoman Army," he said.

"It's a proud moment to be able to serve on a current operation, in a place where stories of courage and valour have been created through past conflicts.

"It's a moment I will always cherish."

Established in 1981, the MFO is an organisation established to oversee the 1979 Treaty of Peace between Egypt and Israel.

"My role here is the Force Operation Command Warrant Officer, and I am also the Australian contingent's Regimental Sergeant Major," he said.

WO1 Webb said he is enjoying his deployment, however at times communication issues can arise.

"My biggest challenge here is language - a portion of the coalition partners do not speak a word of English," he said.

"Getting through a normal conversation can be trying at times."

While on deployment, some of WO1 Webb's duties haven't changed – he is still looking after the welfare and discipline of his soldiers.

"We work as a close team, so it is rewarding seeing our soldiers conducting themselves in a professional manner," he said.

On this deployment he is one 27 ADF personnel deployed under Operation Mazurka. They provide invaluable experience and skills in vital areas with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, Egypt.

The 43 year old Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) enlisted in the Australian Defence Force in 1990 and is the Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) of the 1st Combat Service Support Battalion at Darwin's 1st Brigade.

During his career, he has deployed on various operations and exercises around Australia and the world, visiting locations including East Timor, Afghanistan, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, among others.

His extensive career was deeply influenced by his youth.

"I hung around my father and his veteran mates, where listening to their camaraderie and mateship gave me an insight into Army life," he said.

"It was something I wanted to do at a young age."