For some reason, and for the first time in ages we have only received one thank you message that I can share on the blog tonight. We don't seem to be hearing much from those who are deployed on Operation Okra and I suspect that is because of the hours they are working, and who knows what other reasons. They do not have the easiest of conditions over there. The bottom line is that they have a job to do and so do we. Many of us say that we do not do what we do for the thanks and now is the time to prove that we mean that.
I am constantly left in no doubt as how much the troops appreciate what we do and I thought it might be time I share some of the reasons we do what we do. This week I am in Canberra. I am meeting recipients (always a JOY), catching up with friends and talking to people but the main reason I am here this week specifically is to present a brief to members of Joint Logistics Command on Friday morning. Part of the focus of my presentation is to provide feed back as to how this organisation perceives the Defence Force. Not an easy one for me to answer alone so I called on those that sew for us to tell me what they thought.
I know that this blog (and facebook page) is not only read by quilters, and those who contribute to Aussie Heroes, but is also read by serving members, loved ones of serving members, ex-serving members and others. I received too many messages of feedback to include into my presentation on Friday but instead, will provide an overall response taken from all the messages I received. BUT I think many of these messages are too special and too heartfelt NOT to share them with those of you who read this blog.
This is not all the responses I received but a good selection.
The question I asked was "What is your perception of the Australian Defence Force?"
So here goes.....
We all KNOW there are service groups - Army - Air Force - Navy - Police - Fire Brigades, etc but unless we have personal involvement via a family member, or friend, we tend to accept they are 'just there' to be called on when needed. My activities with AHQ gives me the opportunity to be totally aware of the people who make up these vital organisations. Their work and commitment becomes even more real and enormously humbling. The best we can do is to acknowledge and thank them ......................and AHQ allows me an avenue to do just that.
The ADF is an absolute essential service that keeps our nation protected and safe. It helps in aiding the United Nations in building up peace in our troubled world. Our government and the Australian public need to be constantly aware of what we are asking of our service people.
Most people would not think very much about them from day to day but when push comes to shove those same people would expect them to be there to defend and protect.
And just to end..... we need at least one photo so here is one to think on - this is one of our poppy quilts. This quilt has gone to the family of one of our heroes who was killed in action.