Multi National Base – Tarin Kot historical artefacts
6 September 2013
Australian historical artefacts including paraphernalia and artwork from the war in Afghanistan are on their way home as the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Uruzgan draws to a close.
The Australian War Memorial and Australian Defence Force historical collections, including the Australian Army Infantry Museum, will soon add memorabilia to their collections which has endured the extremes of the Afghan weather and been seen or used by thousands of deployed coalition personnel.
Heritage items from the Multi National Base-Tarin Kot (MNB-TK) will include the miniature windmill from the former Dutch recreation facility, signage from across the base and hand-crafted furniture from the Ghan Chapel.
The original, and highly prized, Ghan Cross is being sent to the ‘home of the soldier’, and will take pride of place in the 1st Recruit Training Battalion Kapooka Chapel.
Sergeant Adam Caspani, from the Force Support Unit (FSU) in Tarin Kot, said his team was responsible for coordinating the removal of the artefacts from MNB-TK to the Al Minhad Air Base before they were sent back to Australia.
“So far we have collected items from most of the units on the base including the Special Operations Task Group, Combined Team Uruzgan, FSU and the Force Communication Unit and prepared them for consignment,” he said.
“Sending these items home is important because of their historical significance.
“When they are on display, many people will be able to see what we achieved in Afghanistan and share the stories from when Australian troops first began operating in Uruzgan through the different contingents that contributed to Operation SLIPPER.”
Modern day trench art has also transformed many of the blast resistant concrete walls (T-walls) across MNB-TK into colourful displays of units’ history.
As the T-walls are too large and heavy to send to Australia, digital images have been taken to allow curators to reproduce them for future exhibitions.