The aircraft is the C130 which has been the work horse of most, if not all, deployments our defence force been involved in for many years. It also represents all the RAAF personnel involved in current deployments.
The ship is HMAS Newcastle and represents all the vessels that have deployed and continue to deploy on Operation Manitou, as well as the RAN personnel who are deployed to land-based tasks.
The silhouette of the soldier is obviously representing all the Army personnel who have and are deployed. More than that though, the choice of that particular silhouette is significant as the soldier in the photo the silhouette was taken from is SGT Garry Robinson, the 2 Commando Regiment Wounded Warrior who was one of the reasons I founded Aussie Heroes in 2012.
On Friday the 27th of February I delivered the quilt to Randwick Barracks In its own miniature version of the laundry bags and from there it commenced its journey to Al Minhad Air Base.
That is all I can tell you for now. If you are in Al Minhad and happen to see the quilt we would love to know what you think of it.
Till next time................keep spreading the word and happy stitching!