She is a long way from the pristine beaches of Port Stephens but Flying Officer Amelia Bass said she feels privileged to be spending Anzac Day in the Middle East.
Flying Officer Bass, from Nelson Bay, is currently deployed in the Middle East as the Air Task Group’s personnel capability officer.
She is responsible for the planning and conduct of all administrative functions to support about 350 Air Task Group personnel.
“I get great satisfaction helping people and providing support to members when they need it,” she said.
“It’s important to me that the personnel who are deployed on operations know that I can assist them with any issues they have so they can get back to doing what they’re here on operations to do: support the Iraqi Security Forces to rid their country of terrorism.
“I feel privileged to work in an organisation that makes a significant contribution to an operation like this.”
Flying Officer Bass said this is the first Anzac Day where she has been deployed overseas and she is looking forward to commemorating the occasion.
“I find it very inspiring to wear the uniform that so many men and women have worn before me,” she said.
“Commemorating Anzac Day while deployed on operations is a really special moment for me and something that I will always remember.
“It is important that we remember those who have sacrificed everything for Australia and it will be a poignant moment here in the Middle East during the Dawn Service.
“I will be commemorating Anzac day with many other coalition defence force members who continue to demonstrate self sacrifice, courage and compassion like the Anzacs before them.”
Flying Officer Bass started her career as a personnel capability specialist in 2008 on advice from her brother.
She was commissioned as a personnel capability officer in 2015.
“My brother joined the Navy and spoke very highly of the ADF,” she said.
“He inspired me to try something different, something that involved travel and adventure rather than a ‘9 to 5 job’.
“I have deployed twice, both times to the Middle East.
“I have conducted air strike exercises with the Royal Malaysian Air Force in Butterworth and I have worked with many other international air forces in exercises all over Australia.
“I have achieved so many personal and professional goals since joining the air force, some which I never thought possible, including commissioning, and made many good friends along the way.”
Flying Officer Bass said she is looking forward to returning to Nelson Bay after her deployment to see her family and relaxing on the beaches where she grew up.