Corporal Hollie McBride

Hollie McBride, a highly trained medical technician, deployed to Afghanistan from January to October 2010. Celebrating her 24th birthday during her tour, McBride provided medical support for her colleagues at Tarin Kot, as well as treating Afghan civilians. She also provided emergency trauma response for wounded comrades, civilians and insurgents.

Chaplain Rob Sutherland

Australian Army padre Rob Sutherland completed three deployments to Afghanistan, one in 2006 and two in 2008. On all three tours he administered to service personnel in Tarin Kot, Kandahar and Kabul.

Major Greg Colton

Greg Colton, who served with the British Army before transferring to the Australian Defence Force, deployed to Afghanistan as Officer Commanding of Mentoring Team Charlie of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Task Group. 3RAR Task Group was the fourth Mentoring Task Force to deploy to Uruzgan.

Colonel Jason Blain

Jason Blain first deployed to Afghanistan in 2007, serving six months as an embedded operations officer with the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. In 2009 he was posted to Kabul and Uruzgan as the Commanding officer of 6 RAR. From January to June 2010 he was based in Tarin Kot as the leader of Mentoring Task Force 1 and from July to October that same year he served as Deputy Commander of Combined Team Uruzgan, the overarching ISAF force responsible for operations in the province.

Private Andrew Fox-Lane

Andrew Fox-Lane served one tour of Afghanistan, deploying as a Rifleman with Mentoring Task Force 1 in 2010. Heavily involved with patrolling with and mentoring the Afghan National Army, living and working alongside them for months on end in the Deh Rawood region, Fox-Lane was also among those involved in the Derapet action in August 2010.

Warrant Officer Rod Amos

Rod Amos is an explosive ordnance expert in the Royal Australian Air Force. He has deployed twice to Afghanistan, in 2009 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician and in 2012 as a member of the Weapons Intelligence Team, conducting forensic analysis on captured bombs and weapons.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Scott

Michael Scott was one of the first Australian soldiers outside the Special Forces to deploy to Afghanistan. Michael, an engineer, served in Tarin Kot from March 2006 with the US and Dutch Provincial Reconstruction Teams, preparing the ground for the arrival of the first Australian Reconstruction Task Force later that year.

Brigadier Dan McDaniel

Dan McDaniel is a senior officer within the Australian special forces. He has seen the changes in Australias commitment to Afghanistan through deployments in 2001-02, 2007 and again in 2010.

Group Captain Margot-Lee Forster

Margot-Lee Forster was the Commanding Officer of the Combat Support Unit from November 2010 to March 2011. The CSU, based at the Al Minhad Airbase in the United Arab Emirates, was of vital logistic importance for those serving in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Paul Foley

Paul Foley has had a long and distinguished career with the Australian diplomatic corps. From 2010 to 2012 he was Australia's Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He is currently Ambassador to Iran.

Commander Richard Boulton

Richard Boulton was the Commanding Officer of HMAS Melbourne during the ship's six-month 2012 deployment to the Persian Gulf as part of Operation Slipper. Boulton had previously served twice in the Middle East Area of Operations.

Able Seaman Iain Hamilton

Iain Hamilton's deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations on board HMAS Arunta in 2007. A steward by trade, Hamilton was also a member of the boarding parties that carried out searches in the Persian Gulf. He has since qualified as a Submariner.

Leading Seaman Mark Butler

In October 2009 Mark Butler sailed for the MEAO in HMAS Stuart. For the next six months he served in the important role of a Communications and Information Systems sailor.

Squadron Leader Ashley Joslin

Squadron Leader Ashley Joslin is an AP-3C Orion pilot from No. 92 Wing, Royal Australian Air Force. He served with the first deployment of Orions to the MEAO in 2003 and served again in 2004, 2005-06 and in 2007. In 2012 Joslin came full circle by commanding the final rotation of the aircraft to the MEAO.

Warrant Officer Rob Swanwick

Rob Swanwick deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) three times between 2006 and 2007. The long serving Royal Australian Air Force warrant officer flew hundreds of hours throughout the area of operations as a C-130J Hercules loadmaster.

Major Clare O'Neill

Clare O'Neill, an accomplished army engineer, completed two tours of Afghanistan, overseeing the reconstruction work of the Reconstruction Task Force 1 in 2006-2007 and returning with Reconstruction Task Force 4 in 2008.

Warrant Officer Class One Brendan Johnson

Brendan Johnson joined the Australian Army in 1991 and has 22 years of experience as a plumber, works manager and construction supervisor. He has deployed to Afghanistan twice, initially with the First Reconstruction Task Force in 2006.

Major John Anderson

John Anderson deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations three times, first in Bagdad in 2003, then in Bagdad and Tarin Kot in 2007 and most recently as an 'embedded' officer with the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. This role, undertaken from Jun 2012 to January 2013 was as Chief of Exploitation and involved advising and mentoring his Afghan colleagues in counter IED measures.

Captain Dan Fussell

Dan Fussell, an artillery officer, joined the Army in 2006, following in his brother Michael's footsteps. He completed two tours of Afghanistan, the first as part of a small Australian detachment serving with the British Artillery in Helmand Province in 2011. He returned to Afghanistan in 2012, this time serving in Uruzgan with the 3RAR Task Group. Lieutenant Michael Fussell had been killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

Sergeant Troy Simmonds

Troy Simmonds joined the Australian Army in 1991 and completed one tour of Somalia, three tours of East Timor, two tours of Iraq and six tours of Afghanistan. Simmonds served with the Special Air Service Regiment until his retirement from army life in 2012.

Corporal Leon Gray

Leon Gray was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his bravery and his leadership when his section encountered intense fire in the Chora Valley on 29 December 2008. Gray was serving in Afghanistan with Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 1.

Warrant Officer Class Two John (Matt) Lines

Matt Lines served in Afghanistan in September 2008 with Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 1 (MRTF 1). With the rank of sergeant he was a platoon mentor for an Operational Mentoring and Liaison team (OMLT). He was awarded a Medal of Gallantry, the third highest military honour, for his actions under fire on 4 January 2009.

Major Clint Marlborough

An army psychologist, Clint Marlborough, formed an important part of the 2 Commando Regiment's support team in Tarin Kot. Deployed to Afghanistan four times, Marlborough assisted the men to debrief on their return from mission and performed pre and post deployment psychological assessments.

Pam and Ray Palmer

In 2010 Pam and Ray Palmer farewelled their son, Private Scott Palmer, as he left for another deployment to Afghanistan with the 2nd Commando Regiment. Scott was killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash on 21 June that year.

Private Paul Warren

Infantryman Paul Warren was a 30 year old Muay Thai boxing champion when he deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 with Mentoring and Reconstruction Task Force 2. Out on patrol on 18 July 2009 he lost his right leg when an IED exploded beneath him. The same blast killed his friend, Private Benjamin Ranaudo.

Elvi Wood

Perth-born Elvi Wood took on the military life when she married Brett, a sergeant in the 2nd Commando Regiment. On 23 May 2011 he was killed in action in Helmand province.

Signaller Gary Wilson and Renee Wilson

Gary and Renee Wilson's lives changed forever on 21 June 2010. Wilson, a signaller with the 2nd Commando Regiment survived the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter which claimed the lives of four comrades. With Renee by his side he continues his recovery from horrific injuries.

David Savage

David Savage is no stranger to dangerous environments with his work for organisations such as AusAid taking him all over the world. Savage was working as a stabilisation adviser in the Chora Valley when his group was targeted by a suicide bomber in March 2012.