Albury Wodonga’s Meagan Crookson used to work in the local aged-care industry, now she's protecting Aussie soldiers on Operation Highroad as a Guardian Angel in Kabul, Afghanistan.
"We are the force protection for the mentors, helping them achieve their requirements and responsibilities to the Afghan National Army,” Private Crookson said.
"This is my first deployment. It’s different from my job in Australia. Being a Guardian Angel is exciting and a great opportunity for me."
Usually in a military policing role, Private Crookson is relishing the chance to perform as a Guardian Angel on deployment.
"In the lead up to deploying, all the training and qualifications I got were great," Private Crookson said.
Doing her first task was a key achievement.
"After all the hard work and training I went through to get here, I was finally able to say, ‘I’m doing my job as a Guardian Angel’,” Private Crookson said.
Crookson joined the Army in 2017 because as a child she wanted to emulate her grandfather who was in the British Army.
“I wanted a career where I could serve my country, be proud of and one that would let me explore my horizons,” Private Crookson said.
"It’s an amazing career. In the three years I’ve been in I have learnt so much and had so many opportunities."