Army psychologist Captain Katie White and Royal Australian Air Force doctor Flight Lieutenant Chris White share much more than offices down the hall from each other.

Growing up they both shared trips to school on the bus in the morning, meals at the dinner table and weekend adventures around the farm.

By pure chance, the siblings simultaneously deployed with Expeditionary Airbase Operations Unit Six to the Middle East region.

“We had an idea that we might end up deploying at the same time, but we couldn’t get excited about it until we were actually on the plane together,” Captain White said.

And like on the school bus, the siblings sat next to each other on the flight from Australia to the Middle East.

“I don’t think I would be as excited to be here if it wasn’t for Chris; it’s just nice to share the experience with someone like your big brother,” Captain White said.

This is the first deployment for both, who have shadowed each other’s careers in separate services since they both commenced officer training in 2017.

“Since then our family has had a long history of service in both Army and Air Force, and this influenced me heavily in choosing this as a career.”

Growing up in the small town of Carnamah, halfway between Geraldton and Perth, Flight Lieutenant White had aspirations of becoming a doctor in the Australian Defence Force from an early age.

“Our great grandfather ended up in Carnamah as a soldier settler after serving at Gallipoli in the First World War,” he said.

“Since then our family has had a long history of service in both Army and Air Force, and this influenced me heavily in choosing this as a career.”

Now both play a key role in providing healthcare to deployed Australian Defence Force personnel throughout the Middle East region.

And Captain White has the added responsibility of keeping an eye on her big brother.

“I think it’s more comforting for our family back home that we are both here; I can keep an eye on Chris and make sure he doesn’t work too hard,” she said.