Day 18 - not really here
Day 16 - Staying connected
No modern soldier goes to war without a laptop. This was an observation that Sally Sara, the ABC's former foreign correspondent in Afghanistan made. Sara reported that when some troops who were stationed at a remote patrol base and hadn't been able to have a shower for three months were offered the choice of having showers or internet access installed, they chose internet.
Day 17 - Battle rhythmn
Back in Australia, you'll hear the phrase: "work/life balance". Balancing the needs of children or significant others with the demands of a job while running a household can be a complex and sometimes stressful juggling act. Things get out of balance easily. On deployment, I've come to the conclusion that the equation is not "work/life" but "work = life".
When rest of the AIF went to France in 1916, the bulk of the mounted forces remained behind in Egypt. Some men, feeling they were missing out on ‘the action’, left the Light Horse and joined the infantry serving on the Western Front.
What is it?
This is #7 in the Education team's Collection Detection series, where we look at an unusual collection item and the story behind it.
Examine the object above and tell us what you think it is in the comments. We will post the answer and the full story next week!
Day 15 - Hurry up and wait
Like parents who get their children's names muddled up, the three blokes I am travelling with often get each other's names confused. So now they are called G1, G2 and G3, and collectively, the G-force.
I am known as 'Dead eye dick", because I shot 13 out of 13 rounds on target with the pistol. However, the enemy would probaby be on top of me before I managed to line up the shot and pull the trigger. As someone who advocates that war should always be a last resort, I never expected to be learning to fire a pistol!
Day 14 - "an army marches on its stomach"
Napoleon Boneparte was spot on when he (is credited to have) said: "an army marches on its stomach", I haven't noticed a lot of marching going on around the base, but there's certainly a lot of eating!
Day 13: colours of the battle zone
The rain has cleared leaving the sky clear of dust. This provided some spectacular views to the distant mountains beyond the Tarin Kot base.
Day 8 - Brown bears, angry birds and plane pulls
Culture is a curious thing. We create it, shape it and mould it to suit ourselves and our circumstances. The military has its own culture, which is characterised by conformity. Everyone looks the same (women have to wear their hair in a bun, men must be clean shaven, no jewellry is permitted), dresses in the same uniform and speaks the same lingo of abbreviations and acronymns strung together with verbs.