Colonel Campbell has a passion for preserving military customs and traditions as well as educating the community on the importance of commemoration, but her connection to these days of remembrance run deeper that her own career; “For me, it’s a moment to pause and reflect on my service but also my family connection, my grandparents helped out with war service...they lost a lot of friends. It’s remembering them and also my service. It’s a moment in time that you pause to reflect and be grateful.”
Colonel Campbell was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as chief of the NATO Redeployment Fusion Cell and has been in the army reserve for 30 years. So when it comes to times of reflection during her military career, COL Campbell spoke about the importance of taking regular moments to pause and express gratitude; “We had services every Sunday morning because we lost people every week, we would read aloud the names of those that had lost their lives, everyone was always welcome to attend.”
She also talked to mateship; the friendships that are forged by the endearing bond of one inclusive mission; “More often than not it’s hard times, but when you finish the hard times you come back and you reminisce together”.
An eminent and compassionate leader, Colonel Campbell was awarded the Article 5 NATO Meritorious Service Medal for ‘distinguished service exhibiting outstanding leadership and exceptional contribution’. Throughout her time in the military, COL Campbell took the time to encourage and mentor others, passing on the qualities that she had learned, equipping them to excel in leadership.
Today and forevermore, we reflect on the men and women such as COL Campbell who have made sacrifices and continue to make sacrifices for our country.
It is through each individual and heroic sacrifice that is continually made for our country by our many brave servicemen and women that allow us to lead the exceptional quality of life that we lead today.