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12 WORLD NEWS
Army November 26, 2009
TROOPS from 2RAR received Timor-Leste
Solidarity Medals and ASMs ahead of their return
home from East Timor.
East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta presented
70 Timor-Leste Solidarity Medals in a ceremony at
Baucau Forward Operating Base.
“You are being awarded the Timor-Leste Solidarity
Medal in appreciation and gratitude for your services
in securing the peace, tranquillity and security in East
Timor,” Dr Ramos-Horta told the assembled soldiers.
“We are eternally gratified, and you can be proud of
what many of you have done since 1999.
“ Some of you have been here many times. Some
since 1999 and some since 2006 at the height of our
unfortunate political and security crisis. You can see
the difference between then and today.”
In a similar ceremony in Dili, 60 soldiers about to
return home were presented with their medals.
ISF Commander Cdre Stuart Mayer thanked the
troops for their commitment to enhancing security in
“ The reason that Australia and New Zealand have
such positive profiles in East Timor is because of the
way you conducted yourselves during your time here,”
Cdre Mayer said. “ You are the model of the modern
The Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal is awarded to
personnel who have served at least 120 days as part of
RSL has the goods
By Capt Chris Hawkins
SENIOR members of the RSL’s NSW
branch have visited personnel deployed
on Operation Astute in East Timor.
NSW RSL president Don Rowe and
state secretary Chris Perrin visited ISF
forward operating bases, laid a wreath
at the Dare World War II Memorial and
presented troops with sporting equip-
“We in the RSL, and I know that I
am speaking for all Australians, are defi-
nitely proud of you guys and the won-
derful work that you do,” Mr Rowe told
personnel at Camp Phoenix in Dili.
“Here in East Timor, in Afghanistan,
the Solomon Islands, wherever you are
serving it is a difficult job and you are
doing the hard yards.”
Among the goods the RSL presented
were kayaks, fishing rods and tackle,
dart boards and video entertainment
equipment. Mr Rowe said RSL mem-
bers enjoyed raising money to buy sports
equipment and to prepare care packages
for Australian troops.
“Back in Vietnam when we had any
downtime we basically had nothing
to do; I hope this equipment gives the
troops a good way to take a break.”
In the lead-up to Christmas the RSL
will be delivering a further 3000 care
packages that contain Anzac biscuits and
snacks to deployed personnel.
CO TLBG 6 Lt-Col David Smith wel-
comed the RSL delegation by highlight-
ing the ways in which the RSL supports
personnel deployed overseas.
Good sports: RSL officials Don Rowe and Chris Perrin talk with CO TLBG 6 Lt-Col David Smith while
troops look at sporting equipment the RSL donated.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
King pins: East Timor President Jose Ramos-
Horta presents Pte Cameron Robison with the
Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal (above) Lt-Col David
Smith pins the ASM and Timor medal to the chest
of Pte Ross Gibson (below).
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