While the Memorial Boxes were initially intended for use in the classroom, more and more aged care facilities are turning to the resource as a therapeutic tool.
How did it come to this?
Day 5 - Ned Kelly would be jealous
What do Ned Kelly and modern Australian soldiers have in common? Body armour! Ned fashioned his out of metal, while the scientists in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) have spent years coming up with a sophisticated protective human shell. Like everything in the Australian Defence Force, it is commonly known by its abbreviation: MCBAS.
Day 6 - 'From little things, big things grow'
An IED can be a very little thing. It sits just under the sand, waiting for a person or vehicle to step on it/drive over it, and boom!
Improvised Explosive Devices are like home made bombs or landmines. Terrorists will make them from anything they can get their hands on: plastic drink bottles, fertiliser, old batteries, alfoil, clothes pegs, and bits of old ordnance left behind by the Russians.
Day 4 - Moonscape
Day 2 - Departure lounge deja vu
We learned last night that the plane which the ADF charters each week to fly to and from Australia to the MEAO has broken down in Brisbane - hopefully it will be fixed to fly 24 hours later.... so I have made it to the GSAO - Greater Sydney Area of Operations. I'm fortunate to be able to stay with family instead of at Richmond barracks.
Activities to date:
0900 engage in daily transportation and security operation of escorting Marcus to primary school
Day 3 - in the liminal zone
One of the few bits of content I recall from my undergrad degree is the concept of liminality. This refers to being 'betwixt and between' two places, or in transition. I am neither on deployment, nor in the office. I am technically in transit, with a forced stopover in Sydney.
Twelve months ago I went to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) with the Australian War Memorial. I was working on an oral history-photographic project. The core part of the project was interviewing and photographing 19 currently serving members of the ADF - from the army, navy and airforce - before, during and after their deployment in 2013 to the MEAO. In another 12 months time, you should be able to see the results of this work in an exhibition which will travel around Australia.