Growing up in Port Macquarie, Lance Corporal Glynn Stewart had his heart set on a career in carpentry.

He secured an apprenticeship, but shortly after decided to join the ADF and finished his apprenticeship in the Army.

“I would recommend joining the ADF and gaining a civilian-recognised trade,” Lance Corporal Stewart said. 

“The job security and discipline is highly beneficial and I have made lifelong mates through my service.”

Lance Corporal Stewart is now an architectural draughting officer and is part of the Engineer Support Element deployed on Operation Accordion in the Middle East. 

He provides visual aids to project engineers' design concepts and contributes to the development of infrastructure and facilities across all operations in the Middle East region.

Lance Corporal Stewart said he was enjoying his time on operation.

“Being trusted to fulfil your role while on operation is satisfying,” he said.

The job security and discipline is highly beneficial and I have made lifelong mates through my service.

“I like to think a job can be done once and done right, so in my opinion, the planning and development of a task is the most crucial part.”

This is Lance Corporal Stewart’s second operational deployment.

He said it had been completely different to his first.

“I had the experience of constructing engineering projects in the unique and isolated environment of Iraq last deployment,” Lance Corporal Stewart said.

“This time I am involved in the design and development of engineering construction tasks within the broader Middle East region.”

Lance Corporal Stewart said COVID-19 had been a challenge but he was still able to fulfil his role. 

“Thankfully as a draughtsman our computer-aided design programs allow us to continue developing designs without effecting our project timelines,” he said.

Operation Accordion is the ADF’s overarching support mission to Operations Highroad, Okra, Manitou and other activities in the Middle East region.