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Nicholas Farallo - Brisbane

Brissy-born, Private Nicholas Farallo is on his first overseas deployment, working as an administration clerk in Task Group Afghanistan headquarters at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.

The 22 year-old clerk will clock up four years of service to the Army in July.

"I decided to join the Army in 2012. I wanted to explore more of the world, live in different places and gain new skills."

"I completed my HSC at Kelvin Grove State College in Brisbane in 2011, then undertook a Diploma of Business at TAFE and working in an Italian restaurant at Chermside," Pte Farallo said.

As Task Group Afghanistan's operations clerk, Nicholas' main task is to manage the rotary wing transport bookings within the Kabul.

"I coordinate helicopter transport and transfers for ADF personnel around Kabul," he said.

"I also track our people as they move around Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.

"This ensures new march-ins get to their units, people get away on leave and return to Australia as quickly as possible and the movement around Kabul in support of mission critical travel is conducted efficiently."

Pte Farallo also assists with the communication between Afghanistan and other Middle East region units.

"I manage the internal and external correspondence registry through all of the diffferent units in the Middle East region," he said.

"This makes me the conduit for all formal correspondence to our headquarters, logging in and out minutes and other letters."

His job requires working with most of the Australian headquarters staff in Kabul.

"I get to work with almost everyone here and I have contact with others all the way back to Camp Baird," he said.

"I'm busy most of the time, so the days go really fast and it's hard to believe I'm nearly half-way through my deployment.

"Everyone is very friendly, which makes the deployment really enjoyable."

This being his first deployment he’s had to learn his new job fast in a high-tempo environment.

"From the beginning I've had to learn a brand new role, as I've never worked with rotary wing transport before.

"I've also had to learn a new computer program to manage bookings, but working in a professional and supportive team has made for a smooth transition.

"I've quickly learnt how to appropriately communicate with high ranking officers and have become better organised to complete a large number of new tasks and processes I hadn't experienced before.

"This has been an amazing career opportunity, but I'm looking forward to a well-earned break in Europe for some rest and relaxation."