Jones deploys out of a sense of duty.
"We are out here contributing to the greater good. We are making a difference," Jones said. "At the end of this, I know it will feel good to have served, and I know that I will be an even more well-rounded individual within the Agency."
Robert Webster deployed to NATO Mission Iraq in 2019 as the Deployable NATO Operations Centre Head.
In that role, Webster was responsible for all of the Deployable Communications and Information Systems (DCIS) equipment in theatre.
"Having worked on the design, build and testing of the DCIS equipment to be deployed to theatre, it made complete sense that I should ask to be deployed to make sure the equipment fulfilled all the requirements of our customer," Webster said.
The DCIS equipment is the primary form of communications for all NMI staff deployed on the operation.
It can be difficult to leave family and friends, Webster said, but the rewards are worth the sacrifice.
"For me personally, the sense of achievement and job satisfaction is the biggest reason for volunteering," Webster said. "When you are involved in an operation, the resolution of a problem has an immediate effect for the customer, and the feedback is also immediate."
Paul Hubble, an employee who returned in January 2019 from his most recent deployment, had served more than once in the same role.
"I volunteered for the post a number of years ago, as I was very heavily involved in the training process for the military personnel that the post was originally designed for," Hubble said. "The post is very challenging, which is why I got complete satisfaction from being in the post."
Hubble supported the Resolute Support Mission as the Director of the Afghanistan Mission Network Operations Centre.
As the Director, Hubble oversaw the service operation of all NATO-provided CIS across Afghanistan.
"Volunteer because you can and want to. Volunteer to be challenged. Volunteer to make a difference," Hubble said.