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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Monday 24 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Tarin Kot, battle zone, green on blue, smoking

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.

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Friday 21 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Tarin Kot, Tarin Kowt, ANA

Day 10 - Army aesthetics

When I arrived at Al Minhad Air Base (AMAB), I felt like I’d landed on the moon.  But Multinational Base Tarin Kowt, located in southern Afghanistan, is even more desolate and stark. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarinkot   There are no soft surfaces here. The base consists of shipping containers stacked beside razor wire, metal girders and steel staircases.

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Friday 21 March 2014 by Alison Wishart. No comments.
Opinion, views and commentary, Personal Stories Uruzghan, Tarin Kot, Signaller, ANA

Day 11 - compartmentalising

The food is so good and plentiful at the Aussie mess, that we've divided our stomachs into compartments: we switch over to the "dessert stomach" when the main stomach is full.

The CO (Commanding Officer) of 7RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), the main army unit deployed in Uruzgan at present, also uses compartments but in a much more serious way.

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