Leanne Taylor has a special message for everyone in her hometown of Brisbane, “Thank you for the care packages and Hero Quilts,”
The 39-year-old RAAF Sergeant from Upper Kedron is currently deployed to Afghanistan. She is based at Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 in Kabul as a finance officer.
The mother of five and former Australian Bureau of Statistics employee is very appreciative of the support she and her colleagues have received from everyone back home.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone for sending us care packages and for the work that’s put into making “Hero Quits,” Leanne said.
Community-based organisations, schools and individuals regularly send care packages to Australian Defence Force personnel serving on overseas operations.
The most popular items contained in care packages include uniquely Australian treats such as Tim Tams, vegemite, lollies, magazines, books and DVDs.
Hero Quilts are made by volunteers all around Australia and are sent to our military serving members to keep them warm while on deployments overseas. The quilts also offer reminders of home with their unique and imaginative designs featuring many Australian iconic images.
In 2012 more than 900 Quilts were hand made by volunteers and distributed to Australian personnel who now treasure them.
Meanwhile, Leanne is looking forward to returning home.
“I can’t wat to be reunited with my family and to along the Brisbane River,” she said.
At the end of her current posting Leanne expects to be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the NATO Medal and the Australian Active Service Medal.