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Army February 16, 2012
Maj Lachlan Simond
THE real thing isn't enough for Cpl
Jared Martin of 3CER, who has been
using his spare time during the past
eight months deployed to Afghanistan
to build model replicas of his team and
"I have been creating these models of
Australian vehicles and men in my spare
time from patrolling," he said.
"The model soldiers are depicting my
search team and the hard work that they
"When I return to Australia I will be
creating a diorama of the Afghan land-
scape and will be donating it to 3CER
as a memento dedicated to all engineers
who have served in theatre."
Cpl Martin has been building and
painting models since he worked at a
Townsville hobby shop before joining
the Army, but he kept up with the hobby
during his combat engineer training.
"Before my initial employment train-
ing I spent time at the School of Military
Engineering Museum and decided to
construct a diorama with help from a fel-
low sapper," he said.
"We created a scale diorama depict-
ing the environment of Vietnam which
was dedicated to the engineer tunnel rats
of the Vietnam War."
The passion for building things
apparently runs in the family -- Cpl
Martin's grandfather became an architect
after serving in World War II.
Cpl Martin said he one day hoped
to study architecture and follow in his
Deployed engineer depicts operations
Down to scale: Cpl Jared Martin shows off some of the models he's built
while deployed with MTF 3.
Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance
TROOPS from Patrol Base Wali in the
Myrabad Valley headed outside the
wire last month armed with scarves,
beanies, toys and lollies to distribute
among the local population.
Pictured here is Pte Paul Byrne
tossing a donated ball to an Afghan
teenager during the patrol.
Uruzgan is one of the most
deprived provinces in Afghanistan
and the simple gifts are intended
to help the local population get
through the winter and demonstrate
the Australians' willingness to help.
The presents were donated from
Australia and were gratefully accept-
ed by the locals, who thanked the
troops for their gifts with smiles.
Gifts generate good will
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