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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.