After years spent living around Australia, long-time soldier Kim Booth decided to put down roots in Townsville.
"I love the friendly atmosphere, it's like a big country town its great how they get into their sports and I love the Strand," she said.
Warrant Officer Class Two Booth is deployed to the Middle East to help in the fight against Daesh with the United States-led Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
She works in the headquarters area managing current and future operations.
"I'm working seven days a week and I attend a lot of conferences," she said.
"I'm responsible for the force flow of every person coming in and out of theatre."
As a child, Kim's father worked for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Affairs, which meant she frequently moved around.
He now lives on Magnetic Island.
"Dad was posted around a lot, it was a bit like being in the Army," she said.
"Townsville had always been a firm base for us, but my schooling years were in Brisbane."
Kim lives near the old Cowboys Stadium and gets to as many games as she can.
"I love JT," she said.
"Their performance was fantastic last season, it was good to almost see them get up - it wasn't looking like we were going to get into the grand final.
"I reckon they could make it all the way next year."
Kim's adult daughters Liana, Tamika and stepdaughter Mallory, along with the rest of the family, had reservations about her going to the Middle East.
"Dad wasn't particularly happy about me coming over here and neither are my daughters," she said.
"But they realise that's what I joined for."
However, husband Mick Rice, himself now retired from the Army, knew exactly how things would be when Kim went away.
"He's old Army, he certainly understands the process of me going away for a while," she said.
"It's good to have someone on the other side that understands it all.
"You don't have to explain to everyone exactly what you're doing over here.
"They understand you can't necessarily talk about everything you do over here."
Kim arrived in the Middle East in late October and is due back to Townsville next year in late autumn.
She is one of a small group of Australian personnel work within the headquarters of the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).
They work in roles such as planning, operations, targeting, logistics, communications and public affairs.
CJTF-OIR is a global coalition of 69 nations and four organizations formed to defeat Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Australian personnel are deployed there under Operation Okra.
Operation Okra is the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the global coalition's effort to combat the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria.