Turning up to work for his first day at the Gold Coast Highway police control point, Flying Officer Brett Smith was not expecting to see a brother in blue he hadn’t seen for more than 10 years.
Early this month, NSW Health, police and ADF personnel travelled to a tiny Aboriginal community two-and-a-half hours’ drive inland from Byron Bay, northern NSW, to complete a lifesaving mission.
ADF personnel have spent the past few weeks supporting ACT Policing at vehicle checkpoints on the ACT-NSW border set up to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recent evacuees from Afghanistan are being helped in their transition to a new life in Australia by ADF personnel on Operation COVID-19 Assist.
With ADF support, a Sikh charity is delivering 1500 emergency food hampers every week to homes and community groups in metropolitan Sydney during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Cowboy hats should have been the order of the day for soldiers of the COVID-19 task force when they visited Texas, Queensland, to spend time reading to eager young listeners, but they stuck to their Army-issued caps.
Rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations in her home town has been a career highlight for Yaegl woman and Army air dispatcher, Corporal Ashleigh Shannon.
Vaccination efforts in rural and remote areas of NSW allowed Defence members to positively engage with local Indigenous communities.
ADF personnel are working closely with staff and volunteers of many organisations at vaccination hubs across Greater Sydney to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community.
Although Seaman Jordan Parsons has only served in the ADF for just over 12 months, she is playing a big role in supporting the ADF’s whole-of-government response to Operation COVID-19 Assist.