LEETON'S Nadine Block spent 25 years of her life with the Royal Australian Navy and it is a career and experience she wouldn't give back for quids.
In more recent times, Miss Block has returned back to her home town where she's discovered a new passion.
After growing up and completing her schooling in Leeton, Miss Block knew the Navy was where she wanted to be.
It was on July 4, 1994 that Miss Block started her career with the Navy, where she completed a month of recruit training in Victoria.
Another 40 weeks of training had her learning the ins and outs of radio operations and Morse code before "heading off into the big wide world" of the nation's armed forces.
"I was a radio operator for a few years before we aligned into communications information systems."
Officially, Miss Block was in the Navy for 25 years and one day, having this month celebrated her one-year anniversary of being a "civilian".
During her time with the Navy, Miss Block spent time abroad, as well as on shore in Australia - mostly in Canberra, Darwin and Cairns and the South Coast of NSW on about seven different ships.
She was deployed for seven months to the Gulf during her time, as well as other locations overseas.
"That's got to have been one of the highlights for me - working in all of these different places and getting to visit areas you never would have dreamed of," Miss Block said.
"I would definitely recommend anyone out there thinking of joining the Navy, or any of the other armed forced, to give it a go.
"It's a really great career choice. I've never regretted it."
Now she's made the move back home to Leeton - Miss Block is providing another service some would view as being just as important as serving the nation - and that's providing residents with their daily coffee.
Miss Block's How Ya Bean mobile coffee van is operational four days a week in Kurrajong Avenue, as well as on Friday's at the RFBI Leeton Masonic Lodge aged care facility.
"It's something I love doing and you feel like you're part of the community," she said.
"You get to have a chat with so many different people. It's a pretty good retirement plan.
"I love going to see the residents every week too. They usually line up pretty quickly each time I'm there, so it's great to bring them something a bit different too."