Noosa local and Air Force Leading Aircraftman Barton Hoglund has swapped beautiful Queensland beaches for sands of a different kind during a deployment to the Middle East Region.
As a Base Command Post security guard at the main Australian base for the Middle East, he makes sure unauthorised people stay out and information goes in.
"I have never done work like this before," he said.
"I have found it to be very rewarding in that you get to be in the centre of all the action."
"Whenever there’s a problem, you're one of the first to know about it."
"Then it's a matter of adding to the information and passing it where it needs to go."
"At the end of the day there's plenty of job satisfaction."
Joining in 2010, Barton completed his initial training as a Communications Electronic Technician at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.
He now holds a Certificate III in Electronic Engineering and an open cabling licence.
"This is my first overseas trip with Defence," he said.
"However, I've pretty much been all around Australia doing courses."
Back in Australia Barton said he conducts operability testing of communications for the air traffic control tower at RAAF Base Amberley.
"I also do scheduled maintenance and repair of equipment that has gone unserviceable," he said.
"I find my job can be challenging, however it can be very rewarding."
"All in all it's a harmonious work place with good people, who are friendly and easy to socialise with."
"There are always many opportunities to branch out and learn more, which my bosses are all very supportive of."
Three months into his six month deployment, Barton is enjoying his time in the Middle East and participating in events run at the base.
"There is a good work/life balance, even in a deployed environment," he said.
"Over here there are events such as bingo, raffles and volleyball competitions to name a few."
His ambitious are to move up in the ranks and continue to serve on overseas deployments.
Barton is one of about 440 personnel currently deployed on Operation ACCODION, the code name for the command and support function for Australian Defence Force's commitment to the Middle East.