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COMBAT injuries and damage to
personal protective equipment are
closely monitored in Afghanistan
by Australian Casualty and
Protective Equipment Analysis
AS CASPEAN is a research
project under the authority of
HQ Joint Operations Command
(HQJOC) and the Defence Science
and Technology Organisation
(DSTO), and the guidelines of
the Australian Defence Human
Research Ethics Committee.
Nursing officer SQNLDR Ken
Kemp is the AS CASPEAN liaison
officer, who collects and collates
data and evidence relevant to com-
bat injuries or damage to personal
protective equipment and vehicles
in the MEAO.
The battle-damaged equip-
ment and data collected by AS
CASPEAN ends up at HQJOC
and DSTO where research takes
place and recommendations for
redesign, modifications, purchase
of new equipment or changes to
tactics, techniques and procedures
are made to DiggerWorks and
other ADF authorities.
Based at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot, SQNLDR Kemp said
his medical background was
most suitable for the position
because of the need to liaise with
"Although there is continuous
reporting to Australia, it is a large-
ly self-driven position as you need
to have your ear to the ground,
check reports every day and be
available whenever there is an
incident," SQNLDR Kemp said.
He said because of the nature
of war it was common for a sol-
dier to disregard a minor injury or
damage, keep going and not report
it to the medical staff or their com-
mand chain in the post contact
"What may be just a bruise or a
scrape to a soldier from something
which has passed through the PPE
may mean it is not performing
correctly or it saved the individual
from a further injury," he said.
LAC Bill Solomou
THREE months into her six-month
MEAO deployment, environmental
health officer FLTLT Evelyn Wright
gained the motivation and inspira-
tion to write an emotional poem.
The 6 Expeditionary Health
Squadron member, deployed to Al
Minhad Air Base (AMAB) with
Combat Support Unit 6.
Being her first operational
deployment, she said the experience
was new to her.
"The experience was something
I could commit to paper and have a
memory of," she said.
"Not only for the other members
but especially for myself and my
"I sat down one day and started
writing; it just flowed out."
The inspiration for the poem
came from her day-to-day tasks and
her feelings from being away from
"The poem follows the logical
order of everything we did," she
"The first verse is about submit-
ting an expression of interest to go
on deployment, to being selected, to
going through force prep, to arriving
in the Middle East, to the bulk of the
deployment and finally going home.
"Poetry writing is always some-
thing that I have enjoyed doing."
On the night she presented the
poem to her colleagues at AMAB,
many came up to her and told her
how much they enjoyed it.
"All the comments I got were
positive, everyone appreciated it,"
FLTLT Wright said.
"People said I summed up the
deployment really well."
An avid writer, FLTLT Wright
also sent a daily journal back to her
family and friends every month dur-
ing her deployment.
It's writing from the
heart at Al Minhad
Excerpt from Yearning
Blood courses, the heart pounds true.
The familiar stirrings of facing something new.
Expressions were called, words submitted, the
Wondering each day, was I to be the one.
A hundred others, each with their own dream
Waited silently to learn if winter was to be their
Names announced, excitement grew as people
A united goal for which all have strived.
Faces new, faces old, who is who.
Each person a piece of the puzzle created new.
We met, we laughed, we learned.
We played, we worked and respect we earned.
Time brought too quickly and too slowly the
moment of sadness and tears.
Hugs and goodbyes, bravely hiding fears.
Excitement and loneliness -- an atmosphere
Emotions, commitment to family and service
Roar of the engines, murmurs of voices.
Thoughts focused on future decisions and
The landscape dark, silent and warm envel-
Prayers for those around that throughout our
time none should fall.
KEEPING THEM SAFE: CASPEAN Liaison Officer SQNLDR Ken
Kemp at Multinational Base Tarin Kot.
Photo: CPL Mark Doran
Wright at Al
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