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16 WORLD NEWS
Army April 14, 2011
THE Special Operations Task Group (SOTG) has been
inundated with gifts and messages of support from
members of the Australian public throughout their
winter campaign in Afghanistan.
Over the colder months, members of the Special Air
Service Regiment, 1 and 2 Cdo Regts, and the Incident
Response Regiment have received hundreds of care pack-
ages from friends, family and members of the public.
Lt Jesse Platz, deployed with SOTG, said it was touch-
ing and humbling to witness the outpouring of support
"As winter well and truly made its presence felt this
year, the contributions not only provided physical warmth
and increased morale, but were a welcome touch from
Australia," he said.
"They have continually reminded us all that our efforts
in Afghanistan are in the minds and hearts of those we
have left at home."
Lt Platz said the most popular gift during the current
rotation had been hand-knitted skull caps as well as the
immensely popular beanie.
"The skull caps came in impressive numbers, and the
generosity of spirit shown by individuals and organisa-
tions will no doubt be remembered by our soldiers long
after they have returned home," he said. "The surplus
skull caps will be put towards a good cause.
"SOTG members are always grateful for their care
packages and often write their own letters of thanks back
to those supporting troops deployed on overseas
SOTG 15 has partnered with the Afghan Provincial
Response Company Uruzgan to help the Afghan
Government shield the local population and disrupt the
insurgency in the southern provinces.
Special mail addresses are now open in response to
demand from members of the public seeking to send care
packages to deployed ADF members in the lead-up to
Details are available on the Defence web site at
Keep your hat on: A Special Forces soldier poses with hundreds of hand-knitted beanies that have been made in Australia.
Beanies a pearl of an idea
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