Our Stories - the Australian Defence Force on Operations Podcast

ADF members serving Australia in the Middle East describe their mission and share their personal experiences.

What is it like to serve overseas on operations with the Australian Defence Force? What are the highlights and the challenges of the job? How do you become a tank commander, a pilot, a maritime warfare officer or a medic? This series gives listeners a unique, insider's perspective of life on operations in the Middle East with Australian Defence Force members, who are serving their country today.

Operation Highroad is Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support train, advise and assist mission.

From Kandahar to Kabul and Bagram, there are about 270 Australian Defence Force personnel employed as advisors, embedded headquarters staff, force protection, and in various logistics, medical and intelligence roles.

In series four, we follow members deployed on Operation Highroad as they complete their tour of duty.

In episode three, we meet Squadron Leader Nathan Gilmore who tells us about his role as an Armament Advisor for the Afghan Air Force.

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Operation Highroad is Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support train, advise and assist mission.

From Kandahar to Kabul and Bagram, there are about 270 Australian Defence Force personnel employed as advisors, embedded headquarters staff, force protection, and in various logistics, medical and intelligence roles.

In series four, we follow members deployed on Operation Highroad as they complete their tour of duty.

In episode two, we meet Lieutenant Colonel Gerry McGowen who tells us about the Kabul Garrison General Command (KGGC) Advisor Team and the work they are doing with the KGGC.

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Operation Highroad is Australia’s contribution to the NATO-led Resolute Support train, advise and assist mission.

From Kandahar to Kabul and Bagram, there are about 270 Australian Defence Force personnel employed as advisors, embedded headquarters staff, force protection, and in various logistics, medical and intelligence roles.

In series four, we follow members deployed on Operation Highroad as they complete their tour of duty.

In episode one, we meet Commander Task Group Afghanistan, Brigadier Michael Prictor, who tells us about Operation Highroad and its progress so far.

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Operation Accordion is a Joint Task Force of about 500 ADF personnel deployed to Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region.
It includes Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 and a number of support elements working in unison to support and sustain the ADF’s four main operations in the region: Accordion, Highroad, Okra and Manitou.

In series three, we follow members deployed on Operation Accordion as they complete their tour of duty.

In episode one, Commander Joint Task Force 633, Major General John Frewen, gives us an understanding of what Operation Accordion is and its progress so far.


Task Group Taji is a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel that first deployed to Iraq in May 2015 at the request of the Iraqi Government.

Its mission, led by Joint Task Force 633, is to build partner capacity by training Iraqi Security Forces and performing an advise and assist role as part of international coalition efforts to defeat the Daesh terrorist group.

The fourth rotation - Task Group Taji IV - deployed to Iraq from November 2016 to June 2017 as part of Australia's Operation OKRA and New Zealand's Operation MANAWA.  

In series two, we follow members of Task Group Taji IV as they complete their six-month deployment in Iraq. 

In this final episode , Colonel Richard Vagg looks back on what has been achieved as the men and women of Task Group Taji IV  complete their mission and prepare to return home. 

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