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14 WORLD NEWS
Army July 21, 2011
By Maj Lachlan Simond
SOLDIERS from Australia, the
US and Singapore applied their
artistic skills to transform a panel
of concrete walls surrounding a
monument at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot into a mural to com-
memorate the fallen.
The memorial wall project was
devised by the base's command
sergeant major, WOFF Graham
"We presented the military
personnel and civilians working
and living at Multinational Base
Tarin Kot the challenge to provide
designs for the memorial wall,"
WOFF Farrington said.
"The final design for the mural
was a combination of the best three
entries in the challenge.
"The centrepiece is a silhou-
etted, fully-kitted soldier patrolling
up an Afghan hill.
"On either side, poignant quotes
remind us of the sacrifice and spirit
that the coalition forces and their
Afghan partners share in Uruzgan."
The central image is based on a
photograph taken by LS Paul Berry,
who served as an imagery specialist
in Uruzgan in 2009-10.
The panel to the left of the
image reads "to our brothers and
sisters in arms. Thanks for the
memories. Laughs, tears, blood and
sweat. You will always be in our
thoughts and remain in our hearts
... all gave some, some gave all".
At the base of the memorial
the flags of Singapore, Slovakia,
the US, Afghanistan, Australia and
New Zealand represent the nations
that have contributed to Combined
Team -- Uruzgan.
with memorial wall
By Maj Lachlan Simond
IN A corner of the Australian recrea-
tion area at Multinational Base Tarin
Kot named in memory of Tpr David
Pearce, a poignant ceremony marked
the unveiling of a memorial for anoth-
er group of special fallen Australians.
As Cpl John Cannon and the mem-
bers of his explosive detection dog
(EDD) section completed their tour in
Uruzgan province, they were joined
by dogs and handlers from the Special
Operations Task Group to unveil the
EDD and handler memorial.
"A rare and unique opportunity pre-
sented itself -- 13 dogs and handlers
from the Mentoring Task Force and
SOTG were in location," Cpl Cannon
"A good number of handlers and
dogs in Tarin Kot came to pay their
respects to our mates who have made the
The memorial was conceived after
the deaths of Spr Darren Smith and his
dog Herbie last June. Spr Smith's MTF
rotation began to prepare the memorial
and the next rotation completed it.
The polished metal board features
Spr Smith's name and those of the five
Australian dogs killed in Afghanistan --
Merlin, Razz, Andy, Nova, and Herbie.
Above the names is a pair of silhou-
etted images -- one of a dog and his han-
dler and the other of a dog sitting at rest.
The silhouette of the dog and handler
was based on a photo of EDD Raven Spr
"I call the photo 'the bond'. It sym-
bolises the working partnership and
mateship between dog and handler," Cpl
"They are a team that shares the risks
and puts their lives in each other's hands.
"These teams save lives every time
they uncover an IED or a cache."
Dogs recognised Reminder: Multinational Base Tarin Kot's memorial wall recognises
the sacrifices of fallen soldiers in Uruzgan. Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
Happy to serve: An SOTG EDD pays close attention during the ceremony
to unveil an EDD memorial plaque at Multinational Bsae Tarin Kot, which was
attended by 13 dogs and handlers (inset).
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
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