Pollie Pedal 2017 – Veteran Rider Profile – Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell - Pollie Pedal 2017     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Adam Campbell

Age: 39

Did you serve in Army, Navy or Air Force?

Air Force

When did you serve?

1995-2005

What job role did you undertake?

Communications & Information Systems Controller

What were the favourite parts of your job?

I enjoyed the structure, the training and the technology.  With a passion for IT, I enjoyed the challenging work and the sense of community in Defence.

Did you deploy to any other countries? If so, where and what was it like? 

  • Kyrgyzstan, 2002 – A rugged Central Asian county with a strong Soviet history.  Operating out of Manas Airbase, Australian forces were part of an eight-nation contingent supporting air operations over Afghanistan.  At times is was bitterly cold.  OP slipper was my first opportunity to apply my tradecraft in a live theatre of operations.  The place, the people, the snow-capped mountains, and the experiences will be with me forever.
  • Qatar, 2003; – OP Falconer/OP Catalyst.  Northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.   Operating from a remote base the terrain was desolate an inhospitable  Temperatures exceeding 50C.  Sandstorms and camel spiders.  Tactical flights in and out of Iraq, and several days forward deployed to Baghdad.

What is one of your favourite memories while serving in the Defence Force? 

The flag.  I have a distinct memory of my time in the desert, coming off shift one morning, fatigued, climbing out of the truck in the middle of a sandstorm, visibility down to almost nothing, hot sand whipping and stinging exposed skin, and there flying proud on the top of our tent was the Australian flag.  In the most challenging conditions, in the harshest environment, undeterred, that flag flew true and strong.  On that day, at that place, the significance of that flag took on new meaning for me.

What did you learn from the military that benefited you most in life?

Improvise, adapt, overcome.

What do you miss the most about serving in the Defence Force?

Mateship, camaraderie, and the sense of purpose that comes with duty and service.

What is your job now?

IT manager

Why and when did you take up bike riding?

I took up cycling for fitness and as part of my journey into the sport of triathlon three years ago.  Cycling is now a habit, a release, a lifestyle.

What are you most looking forward to on Pollie Pedal Bike Ride 2017?

I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be part of something exciting, to challenge myself and push beyond my comfort zone.  I’m also very much looking forward to the opportunity to talk and share experiences with the crew.

 

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