• eX de Medici: exploring camouflage through a Special Forces helmet

    Wednesday 30 July 2014 by Tamsin Hong.

    eX de Medicis

    eX de Medicis "Australia, special forces (everywhere, current), Aust flag 2010", depicts a Special Forces cutaway helmet in its current colour scheme. ART94355 Currently on display are two watercolours by Canberra based artist eX de Medici depicting a helmet used by a member of the Australian Special Forces during his deployment to Afghanistan between 2008-2009. These works…

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  • Patrol Bases of Uruzgan

    Friday 11 April 2014 by Stephanie Boyle.

    Patrol Base Samad. Australian soldiers moving resupplies from the landing field

    .. We’ve had seven contacts, and 29 cache finds in the last three to four months.. we’ve killed three insurgents.. so it’s a quite active area. In 2011, the Memorial's official cinematographer John Martinkus travelled from Australia’s base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, to Patrol Base Samad, a small and simply constructed outpost where Australian troops train and mentor Afghan National Army members, and Patrol Base MirwaisSet the …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 23

    Thursday 3 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Wooden boats that take about 25 people across Dubai Creek

    Day 23: 1971 After work today, we left the military camp on the moon (aka AMAB, see day 4) and caught the “RR” (Rest and Recreation) bus into Dubai. We went to the old part of the city – Deira, and wandered through the old souk (markets). Before I’d managed to glance at the colourful fabrics and spices, the stall holders were putting pashminas around my shoulders and handbags in my path. I felt I was swotting them away like …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 22

    Wednesday 2 April 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Soldiers in uniform eating at the Mess, Al Minhad Air Base

    Day 22: Uniform(ity) Having lived on army bases for the past 19 days, I am surrounded by a sea of camouflage. The uniform for men and women is the same: “camo” cargo pants and long sleeved shirt, boots, t-shirt and a hat whenever you are outside, even at night time. The only thing that makes people look a little bit different is the insignia which tells you their rank, and the patches on their sleeves which tell you the unit they …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO: Day 20

    Monday 31 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    The French Quarter where the French forces sleep) at Kabul

    Day 20: Easter without eggs It's Easter Sunday and I am feeling deprived because I have NO chocolate eggs to eat. When we went to the European DFAC (Dining FACility) for brekky, I consoled myself with acroissantdipped in hot chocolate. We have been SO busy in Kabul, that there hasn't been any time to go to the gym. But I have had to wear my bone-crushing body armour every day, which is like walking around carrying 23 kg of weights at …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 19

    Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    IMG_0618 resized street in Kabul Nth

    Day 19 - the streets of Kabul Today we went "outside the wire" again through the streets of Kabul. The insurgents keep thinking up new ways to attack enemy vehicles with IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), so much so that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is struggling to create new acronyms to keep up with their deviousness! However, I felt quite safe in our "up-armoured" 4WD, wearing my body armour, helmet and ballistic eye …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 18

    Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    IMG_0577 resized sunrise looking sthwest from KAIA-N base

    Day 18 - not really here Today we arrived in the capital of Afghanistan: Kabul. We are staying at Kabul International Airfield - North (KAIA-N), home to defence personnel from many countries who have joined the fight against the Taliban. This is my second trip into Afghanistan – the first was to Tarin Kot (TK) but then we flew out to the UAE again. On neither occasion was my passport checked nor stamped. It’s as if the two military …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 16

    Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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 Afghanistanmade. 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 orinternet access installed, they chose internet. When you're sent on a 6-12 month …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 17

    Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    relaxing in front of a footy match at AMAB

    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 whilerunning ahousehold can be a complex and sometimes stressfuljuggling act. Things get out of balance easily. On deployment, I've come to the conclusion thatthe equation is not "work/life" but "work= life". People work weekends. Thecycle of aweek is created by the Friday …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 15

    Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Learning to fire a pistol at the practice range with Captain Stuart, photo by G1

    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 …

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