Present at many arrivals and departures during Operation COVID-19, Private Caroline Walker-Campbell has seen a lot of people transit in and out of Victoria.

Currently working at Simpson Barracks and posted to Joint Movement Control Office, Private Walker-Campbell and her team are responsible for the door-to-door movement of about 2000 ADF members, their equipment and baggage entering and leaving Victoria. 

“At the beginning of the year, we transferred our efforts directly from Operation Bushfire Assist to Operation COVID-19 Assist,” Private Walker-Campbell said.

She said it was humbling to be working and liaising with so many different people on a personal level. 

“Everyone has had a different experience and role whether medical or in logistics, or in other areas,” Private Walker-Campbell said.

“The most rewarding part of the role is sending members back home to their loved ones after a long deployment.”

She said Operation COVID-19 Assist had been an enormous undertaking in the highly reactive strategic Joint Movement Unit with personnel located in every capital city. 

“We are like a big family coming together, a range of specialisations, all doing their part,” Private Walker-Campbell said.

“It’s a team environment where people help out anytime of the day, any day of the week.”

Born in South Africa, Private Walker-Campbell immigrated with her family to Townsville in 2003 and is training to complete an iron man marathon.