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Robyn Kidd - Darwin

Bright reminders of home continue to arrive to Australian Defence Force personnel deployed to the Middle East region, thanks to the voluntary efforts of the Aussie Hero Quilts.

One of the latest recipients of a quilt was Air Force Chaplain, Squadron Leader Robyn Kidd.

Currently serving as the Chaplain for Air Task Group 630 at Australia's main air operating base in the Middle East region, Squadron Leader Kidd is normally posted to No. 13 Squadron at RAAF Base Darwin.

Like many other deployed Defence personnel, Squadron Leader Kidd gave her quilt pride of place over the bed in her tented accommodation.

"I was overwhelmed by the beautiful colours and when I saw the Celtic cross and the work that had been involved in creating the quilt," Chaplain Kidd said.

"I was deeply grateful that someone had taken the time and effort to put so much care into it."

"Given that we work in a stark environment with few comforts, the quilt brings a reminder of home and brightens up our living spaces."

Chaplains form a key part of a deployed group, going beyond the religious needs of personnel.

They're also an important means of providing a counsellor and confidant for deployed members, as well as cultural liaison in foreign communities.

Aussie Hero Quilts was created by Mrs Jan Maree Ball in January 2012, is an organisation of volunteers that creates quilts and laundry bags, often personalised, for the men and women of the Australian Defence Force.

The quilts are then forwarded on to personnel serving on operational deployment overseas, mostly in the Middle East region.

Aussie Hero Quilts are usually sent in response to requests, either by the serving member, or the serving member's family.

Each quilt bears an Aussie Hero label, with the words 'This is an Aussie Hero Quilt, made for an Aussie Hero serving overseas, with gratitude for your service.