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Zoe Livori - Wynnum

An operational deployment is a once in lifetime opportunity for most in Defence but for Wynnum girl, Corporal Zoe Livori, once was not enough.

Corporal Livori is currently on her second deployment to Taji Military Complex in Iraq as part of Task Group Taji under Operation OKRA.

"To be able to serve your country overseas is a privilege but to get to do it twice to the same operation is really quite humbling," CPL Livori said.

"This time I am deployed as a Quartermaster with Task Group Taji's Training Task Unit.

"I maintain stores and equipment for training teams to ensure that the Australian and New Zealand personnel of the Training Task Unit can carry out their mission to train Iraqi Security Forces," she added.

It's all in a day's work for this former Moreton Bay College student.

"Each day we attend to everything the trainers need to complete their mission including the issuing of equipment and ordering of maintenance and stores," she said.

"Then, after work hours, I keep busy at the gym and the many recreational activities on offer here at Camp Taji."

Even though it's the second time around for CPL Livori, it's certainly not a repeat.

"This is my second deployment with Task Group Taji so I am excited to expand on the work I did the last time," CPL Livori said.

"It's great to see what each member brings to the mission and the effects they have.

"Already I see the differences we have made since my first deployment with the initial Task Group."

Mateship, duty and opportunities to be involved in sport are the reasons Zoe joined the Australian Army after studying at Griffith University and working in outdoor education.

Since enlisting in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps in 2011, she has gained numerous leadership and logistical qualifications, and participated in many Australian Defence Force sports at a representative level.

CPL Livori believes it's the people that have made her deployments with Task Group Taji so memorable though.

"Working alongside the New Zealand Army has been enjoyable and interacting with militaries from all around the world is fascinating," she said.

"I have experienced so much."

CPL Livori acknowledged that none of it was possible without the support of her family and friends, and Australians everywhere, no matter how far from home she is.

"Of course I miss my husband but we are in contact regularly," she said.

"Army life can make it difficult to spend time with your friends and relatives, but when a parcel comes in from a loved one its great.

"We've also been receiving lots of care packages from all over Australia and especially at Christmas time. We can never thank people enough for their generosity and support."

Task Group Taji is deployed as part of Operation OKRA, the Australian Defence Force's contribution to the US-led Global Coalition to combat the Daesh terrorist threat in Iraq and Syria.

This Anzac Day, approximately 1800 Australian Defence Force personnel will be deployed on operations in the Middle East region.