Our People – Corporal Amy Broham
Even before the Reserve call-out in January, Australian Army Corporal Amy Broham had put her hand up to be part of Operation Bushfire Assist 2019–2020. She was away camping with her family when she got the call.
“I literally drove in the driveway of our home, unhooked the trailer, threw my cams on and drove back out. I was on Kangaroo Island two days later,” Corporal Broham said. The South Australian high school teacher and mother of two wanted to contribute and help the local community in the wake of catastrophic bushfires.
“I wanted to put my military skills and training to use. For me, the opportunity to help was one I couldn’t overlook.”
The 9th Combat Services Support Battalion Section Commander deployed to Kangaroo Island with more than 700 other ADF Reserve and full-time members to support local authorities.
“Seeing my fellow soldiers giving everything they had to the effort was an incredible show of what we can do as reservists and as human beings in a time of need,” she said.
“The smiles on the faces of people as we delivered water to fill their tanks and dams, or fodder for their stock, was unforgettable.”
Amy has deployed on Operation Resolute, Operation Bushfire Assist and Operation COVID-19 Assist, and was recently awarded a Commander 2nd Division Bronze Commendation for her work on Kangaroo Island. But despite almost 18 years in the ADF, Amy still finds being away from her family challenging.
“My wife Nat and I have been together a long time so my going away is a normal part of our lives, but it doesn’t mean it gets any easier, especially now that we have two young children,” Corporal Broham said.
“But my family, the school where I work and the Army have been really supportive over the years. At the school, the principal takes an active interest in what I do in the reserves and while I’m away.”
Amy recently had the chance to reunite with Kangaroo Island Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bob Teasdale, and some of the rescued koalas for Defence’s Employer Support Awards. It was an opportunity to thank employers like her school for the support they provide their Reserve employees.
“I am really lucky to be supported by my civilian employer to fulfil my reserve service. It is a fantastic career with endless opportunities.”
Last update: Tuesday, 8 December 2020