Ashley Oobagoomba discusses his service in NORFORCE as a young man in the 1980s, the training he undertook and the exercises he was part of around Western Australia and the Northern Territory, including on his own lands. Ashley also explains some of his family history and current issues including ongoing negotiations and friction with the defence force about their access to and use of his mob’s traditional lands, which includes a burial site. Ashley also talks about his love of music and his successful band Gulingi Nunga.
This interview took place on 8 September 2015 in Derby and was conducted by Dr Mary Anne Jebb and Dr Allison Cadzow as part of the Australian Research Council-funded research project Serving our Country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia.
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