Self-confessed Star Wars fan and ex-Berwick local Army Private Samantha Bradbury has accepted she’s going to miss this year’s movie release due to her deployment on Operation HIGHROAD.
However, being a Medical Technician makes her a force for good in her own right.
She recently deployed to Camp Qargha, a multinational base outside of Kabul, Afghanistan, providing medical support to Australian Defence Force personnel and coalition partners who are deployed to the base.
Growing-up listening to her grandparent’s stories of service in the British Armed Forces, Private (PTE) Bradbury said she has wanted to serve in the military for as long as she could remember.
“Our soldiers are sometimes exposed to an increased risk of injury and it’s my job to be there for them when they are most vulnerable,” she said.
“Sometimes it’s a serious injury, other times all they need is a good chat or some foot powder.
“The best part of my job is helping other people and knowing my peers have confidence in my professional skills.”
Although she only recently arrived in Afghanistan, PTE Bradbury plans to continue her studies in a Bachelor of Nursing throughout her deployment.
“By the end of my deployment, I hope to leave here a better medic,” she said.
“I hope to make everyone’s time here as safe as the environment will allow and ensure everyone goes home with positive experiences.”
After travelling to other countries, as well as around Australia, PTE Bradbury said her career in the Army had allowed her to grow as an individual.
“My job has given me self-confidence and continual drive to progress in my career,” she said.
“It has given me amazing experiences which most people would never get to say they’ve done.
PTE Bradbury said being a medic is a daily reward.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to be entrusted with the responsibility of supporting our men and women deployed on operations,” she said.
“It’s definitely not something I take for granted.”
When she finishes her deployment in 2018, PTE Bradbury will be headed back to the 8th Close Health Company, based at Robertson Barracks, near Darwin, a newly-built house and her sausage dog.
“I don’t often get to see those closest to me, so I’m already excited to see my family, friends and sausage dog Todou when I get home,” she said.
“I have to thank my family for their continual support and encouragement to follow through with my ambitions.
“I look forward to seeing my colleagues in Darwin when I get home, along with some new faces, I’m sure.”
ADF personnel deployed on Operation HIGHROAD are working as part of the international community to provide long-term support to the Government of Afghanistan.
About 270 ADF personnel are deployed in the Kabul, Bagram and Kandahar regions as part of Operation HIGHROAD, Australia's contribution to the NATO led Resolute Support mission.