Coffs mum helping to keep peace
PEACE-KEEPING is a lofty mission but a Coffs Harbour mother has spent Christmas playing her part.
Sergeant Vicki Ide joined the Army in 1997 and is currently working with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) near the Egypt/Israeli border to facilitate continuing peace between the two countries.
“My daily role is to monitor and coordinate all vehicle movements from the Suez in the west to the Egypt/Israeli border in the east. If a vehicle breaks down or gets into trouble, we send out an emergency response team to get the people back to camp,” she said.
Life in the MFO camp has been an eye-opener for Sergeant Ide, working with a diversity of personnel from 12 nations including Canada, Fiji, Colombia, Hungary and Uruguay.
“When I first started here in the MFO, I found it hard to understand some of the languages, especially over the radios but I’ve gotten used to all the different accents now,” she said.
On her return to Australia next April, Sgt Ide is looking forward to catching up with her family and her daughter, Paige.
“Although we are surrounded by sand, I am looking forward to going to the beach when I get home. It has been a busy but rewarding deployment so far,” she said.