Please note:

This website was set up to get parcels to Australian Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen/Airwomen deployed overseas.

You are welcome to cut and paste information and use it to support sending parcels to our service members serving overseas, however, when you do cut and paste please link back to Ocean Sky & Khaki to acknowledge OSK, and so that people can find the blog themselves.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Where On Earth Are We Now?

Currently, Australian troops are scattered around the world.

We know they're in Iraq and Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands. Perhaps a few of us have heard that we've got a few guys over in other places in the Middle East, but how many know that we're helping out in the Sinai Peninsula and Darfur?

That doesn't get a whole lot of airplay, which is a shame, because our Military Forces are amongst the best in the world.

Yes, I'll admit to a touch of bias, but I've also got mates from overseas who serve their countries, and they just love our Diggers. So much so, that one of them has been nagging me for a fair while to do something to show some support.

This blog is for our troops.

I posted over at my blog recently about sending care packages to Aussies in Afghanistan, and the feedback I received was that it was great to know that there is a facility to show practical support.

It's information that is not easy to find on the net, and the Dept of Defence website isn't really the most user-friendly if you're not accustomed to it.

Neither Boy on a Bike, Kae, nor myself are currently in the military, although they both served. I'm just an Army brat who has always admired our armed forces.

Over the next few weeks, the plan is to put together a bit of a data base for those in the civilian world who always wondered how they could show a bit of support.

Please bear with our teething pangs.

Do you want to send a postcard or an email? How about care packages?

Where to send and what to include, how much and at what cost?

We are not interested in politics here. There are plenty of other places on teh interwebs for that.

This is purely for our Forces.

Ocean, Sky and Khaki.

9 comments:

Steve at the Pub said...

Fantastic.
More information on care packages please!

elcampeador said...

Congratulations!

Pedro the Ignorant said...

Well done, team!

I will post a link to this blog on a couple of the military forums I visit.

kc said...

Not that I have a lot of visitors (unlike richard, my readership is in the LOW severals), but they do tend to be varied, so will add a link to my blog & soon as I can take the proper time, I'll post a note on what you do here. Thanks for being the ones who don't just talk about "support."

Good job!

Anonymous said...

Count me in. A list of favoured and useful items was put up on Tizona and Kae's sites recently. Can we have it up here?
I've been looking for the "Australiana" stuff, little flag, kanga and the like hat badges but no luck so far.
I'd like to send a package once a month.
Sandi

kae said...

Hi Sandi, your email doesn't seem to be working. I tried it.

BetsyinAmerica said...

Great idea and good luck!

Anonymous said...

Filled my first package today. Will go to the PO in the morning and send it off.
Those BM boxes don't hold a whole lot so I opened the box of coffee sachets and squeezed them in to fill spaces.
The address I picked up from Kae's site (I think) is:
An Australian Soldier
OP Slipper
AFPO 13
Australian Defence Force
Sydney NSW 2890
... well, that's what I can make out of the smeared ink after I spilled a glass of scotch on my notebook. I know, I know...

Sandi

Jeremy said...

It's a good idea. Well done.