• Deploying to the MEAO - Day 15

    Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 8

    Friday 21 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    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 andour 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 uniformand speaks the same lingo of abbreviations and acronymns strung together…

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 9

    Friday 21 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 9 - Beefcake The military is full of gym junkies. PT (personal training) is an integral part of their daily routine. Not having to buy groceries, cook food, wash dishes, clean the house, mow the lawn, or do the laundry or any other domestic duties means you have plenty of spare time. And the commute to the gym is a three minute walk at most. I used to scoff at the blokes' desire to be buff until I tried to get up off the ground …

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  • Deploying to the MEAO - Day 4

    Thursday 13 March 2014 by Alison Wishart.

    Day 4 - Moonscape The Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB) feels a bit like being on the moon (not that I've been to the moon). The Australian compound has been plonked on this dry, dusty, treeless, flat piece of earth, which is about 40 minutes drive from the port of Dubai. It is very clean, orderly and comfortable but feels totally foreign in this alien landscape. There are many attempts at beautification, with petunias planted on the curbs at …

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