Thank you for the quilt and laundry bad, they are much appreciated and will certainly come in handy during my deployment. I also have 2 children, I have a 3 year old daughter and a 4 month old son. I am missing them a lot. My fiance and I are getting married next year after I get home from Afghanistan. We have been very busy over here, I am a vehicle mechanic and prominently work on our Armored vehicle fleet. I am also a driver of an ASLAV which is one of our armored vehicles.
Thanks again for you kind gifts
Now recently I was told that there were too many military abbreviations on the blog and you civvie types didn't understand them - sorry about that - so I am going to try and be more conscious of that in the future and explain more and also (eventually) set up a Glossary of Terms!
With that in mind - here is an ASLAV - an Australian Light Armoured Vehicle.
It is an Australian version of the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV-25) designed and manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada for the US Marines. It is a highly mobile, eight wheeled amphibious armoured vehicle used for reconnaissance and surveillance operations.
Now, please don't send me a bunch of emails asking if you can make quilts for the dogs and their handlers in Afghanistan - I am working on it but it is slow going. I will let you know when I hear something.
When I went to Canberra, and specifically to the Duntroon Community Centre, one of the lovely ladies that I met was Rachael. Her hubby has been deployed to Afghanistan and since he has been gone she has been using her time well. In addition to looking after their two cute little boys she has been learning to quilt. First she made quilts for her sons and then she tackled a quilt for her hubby. Well now it has arrived and she has sent me some pics and a message.