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Army August 2, 2012
Maj Cameron Jamieson
ENGINEERS serving on Pacific
Partnership 2012 are getting a daily
"good morning Vietnam" wake-up
call as they work on construction
projects in the country's north.
Having completed tasks in
Indonesia and the Philippines, the
12-man team is split across two
worksites to the south of the city of
Vinh, where they are refurbishing the
medical clinics at Hung Tien and Hung
Good mornings in Vietnam
Construction engineers refurbish and expand medical centres for the Vietnamese leg of the aid mission
Lam, plus building
a new four-room
are staying in the
towns and are
US Navy con-
Lachlan Ford, of
21 Const Sqn,
helped put up the
form works for the roof of the Hung
"The locals love the work we are
doing," he said.
"They keep coming around to have
a look and some even try to put their
input into the build."
Spr Ford said the new building
would give the clinic an increased
capacity once it was completed.
"There's not much room in the
building out front that we're refurbish-
ing," he said.
"Everybody was crammed into
a small space, but soon they'll have
much more room for more patients and
Fellow 21 Const Sqn carpenter
Spr Jordan Fairholm said the Pacific
Partnership experience had been a use-
ful education in adapting to unusual
"It's been helpful in teaching
me to work in
where I might
not have all the
right materials I
need, so I have
to make do with
what I've got,"
don't have all the
tools we want
but we still make
do. You just have
to use your brain
a bit more to get
through what you are doing.
"It makes you appreciate what we
have back in Australia, where you can
have the right tools and the right mate-
rials ordered to the right sizes."
Once the engineers' two-week stint
in Vietnam is finished they will board
the US Navy hospital ship USNS
Mercy for the final leg of the voyage
to Sihanoukville in Cambodia.
... we don't have
all the tools we
want but we still
make do. You just
have to use your
brain a bit more ...
-- Spr Jordan Fairholm,
21 Const Sqn
Heavy lifting: Spr Brent Wetten helps Luu Thi Laen unload a truckload of bricks for the construction of a new
building at the Hung Lam Medical Clinic in northen Vietnam.
Photo by Flt-Sgt Craig Sharp
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