Idenfication card holder : Bessie Bardot

Accession Number REL33799
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Enamel, Metal, Nylon, Velcro, Vinyl
Maker Unknown
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

United States Air Force issued Identification pass holder. Light brown nylon overall with embroidered "379 AEW / AL UDEID AB QATAR" in dark brown text. A small full colour American flag is embroidered inside. Next to this is a small red, white and blue enameled Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) 19mm diameter roundel lapel pin. There are two small zippered compartments and a clear vinyl compartment for housing identification cards and passes. This clear compartment is secured by a rectangular piece of Velcro. A 665mm long chord is attached to the card holder for wearing around the users neck.

History / Summary

In September 2004 'Tour de Force II' was formed consisting of Australian performers, artists and celebrities. Their role was to entertain and raise morale amongst Australian Defence Force troops deployed to Iraq and the Northern Persian Gulf as part of 'Operation Catalyst'. Tour De Force II consisted of rock music group ‘The Choirboys’, comedian George Smilovich, singer/songwriter Drew McAlister and Bessie Bardot. While on tour, the entertainers were supported by a contingent of 18 members from the Royal Australian Air Force Central Band.