Shania Buckingham has a strong personal and professional connection to Anzac Day. Having previously served in the Australian Army, Shania is proud to continue her contribution to the Defence industry as a Repairable Item Manager at Babcock Australasia.
My connection to Anzac Day is through my family’s service as well as my own.
Many of my family members have served in the Australian Army, including my brother, cousin, and my Grandad who served for more than 20 years. Before making the move to the Defence Industry, I was a Unit Quartermaster Storeman in the Army.
During my time in the Army, I learnt many skills that have been valuable throughout my career and everyday life. Being part of something as big as the Army gave me a great sense of pride and inspired a passion to give 100% in all that I do.
Health and fitness, both physically and mentally, play a big role in my life. During my time serving, I had the opportunity to conduct physical training every day, which for me was very important. I thrived off of the challenges I encountered and the discipline that comes with keeping fit.
For me, Anzac Day is a significant and nationally recognised day to remember those who have fallen and those who have made sacrifices for our country. On Anzac Day, it is important to come together as a nation and recognise the bravery and strength of the soldiers who fought during the First World War. It is a time to reflect on the history of our freedom and appreciate the independence we have today.
I commemorate Anzac Day by attending a dawn service, laying a wreath and watching or participating in a march to express my gratitude and to commemorate the soldiers who have fought and who continue to serve.
Working at Babcock means I can serve the nation by contributing to the ongoing service of our military personnel and by ensuring the equipment being operated is safe and keeps our forces ready for operation. Within my role, I manage the logistics operation involved to maintain the key capability assets for the RAAF Ground Support Equipment.
I’m proud to serve because I feel it is an honourable pursuit and an achievement I am very proud of.