Task Group Taji is a combined force of Australian and New Zealand Defence Force personnel that first deployed to Iraq in May 2015 at the request of the Iraqi Government. Its mission, led by Joint Task Force 633, is to build partner capacity by training Iraqi Security Forces and performing an 'advise and assist' role as part of international coalition efforts to defeat the Daesh terrorist group. The fourth rotation - Task Group Taji IV - deployed to Iraq from November 2016 to June 2017 as part of Australia's Operation OKRA and New Zealand's Operation MANAWA. In series two, we follow the members of Task Group Taji IV as they complete their six-month deployment in Iraq. In episode fifteen, members of the Task Group reflect on their deployment experiences as they prepare to return to Australia.
About the producer: Sharon Mascall-Dare is a Reservist Public Affairs Officer posted to HQ 9th Brigade in South Australia. In her civilian life she is an award winning BBC radio broadcaster and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the University of South Australia.