Travis Hoffman has come along way from the ocean-side Queensland city of Yeppoon to where he is today – Afghanistan.
But for the Australian Army captain there is no other place he would rather be, than the Multi-National Base-Tarin Kot in land-locked Afghanistan.
The 24 year old is in Afghanistan to advise officers of the Afghan National Army’s 4th Brigade as they continue their independent security operations throughout Uruzgan province.
“I’ve deployed to Afghanistan as part of the Security Force Assistance - Advisory Team as part of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment Task Force (2 CAV REGT TF),” he said.
The RMC graduate said the chance to be involved with a highly motivated fighting force like the 4th Brigade at this juncture in the Afghanistan mission was an honour.
“Very rarely does anyone get the opportunity to work in a small specialist team and be involved in something as remarkable as the creation of a national army,” he said.
“To be able to stand with other Australian and Coalition soldiers and say I was able to help this nation successfully take on their own security is a privilege.”
Travis and the other Australians with the 2 CAV REGT TF group have the historically significant position of being the last rotation of personnel to deploy to Uruzgan province.
It’s a fact that hasn’t been lost on him as he watches Afghanistan move through the final stages to self governance and security.
“Australia’s mission in Uruzgan has made a long lasting difference to not only the people of this province, but also Afghanistan. I’m proud to have represented my country,” he said.
Travis said he is looking forward to returning home to Yeppoon early next year, so that he can enjoy the seaside and the countryside.
“Yeppoon has got it all and I can’t wait to get home to see my family and friends again,” he said.