“Caring, Thoughtful and Selfless.”
“The perception of 16 Air Assault Brigade as a purely war-fighting machine seeking a fight could not be further from the truth. I am constantly amazed at the compassion shown by our soldiers when dealing with some horrendous situations, and the lengths that they will go to, to prevent civilian casualties or save lives, especially amongst the children, even if it puts their own lives at risk. Whilst most of our soldiers necessarily exhibit a hard exterior, it is clear to me that underneath they are also caring, thoughtful and selfless.”
Lieutanant Colonel David Eastman writes from Task Force Helmand Headquarters about a novel concept for capturing the thoughts of soldiers within Task Force Helmand and the link to the Imperial War Museum “War Story” initiative.
History is replete with stories of soldier poets and artists using their work to try to portray the extreme and unusual circumstances that ordinary people face daily during conflict situations, and the ability of human nature to accept and function under these conditions. Afghanistan is no different, and during this deployment we have been fortunate to have a number of artists with us aiming to capture the essence of our work here.
One of the more unusual is a former paratrooper, Derek Eland, who has a novel concept for capturing the thoughts of the soldiers within Task Force Helmand. Derek has set up boards in a number of patrol bases across our area of operations with the idea that soldiers would be able to write their thoughts, feelings and emotions on cards resembling post-it notes and place them on the boards. In this way, he hopes to capture the reality of life for a soldier in Afghanistan.
Read the rest of Lt Col Eastman’s blog and many others similar to this here