.. 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.

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Thursday 3 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, education, Dubai, souk

Day 23: 1971

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Wednesday 2 April 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories uniforms, Afghanistan, tattooes, 7RAR, scarification

Day 22: Uniform(ity)

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Monday 31 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, Kabul, Easter, recycling

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 a croissant dipped in hot chocolate.

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, literacy, IEDs

Day 19 - the streets of Kabul

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Easter, passports, KAIA-N, Kabul, Afghanistan

Day 18 - not really here

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Afghanistan, boredom, recreation

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".

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Wednesday 26 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories mothering, Afghanistan, skype

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.

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Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Tarin Kot, Al Minhad, army life, Afghanistan

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!

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Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. 2 comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Food, catering, Tarin Kot, Afghanistan

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!

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