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Army March 4, 2010
THE welcome mat has been out in
Townsville over the past few months
for the return of 3 Bde personnel from
operations around the globe.
MRTF 2 soldiers were the last to
touch down after officially handing over
to Mentoring Task Force 1 on February
14. The soldiers will be officially wel-
comed back on parade at Lavarack
Barracks on April 10.
Personnel who served with Security
Detachment 15 in Baghdad, Force
Communication Unit 2 in the MEAO,
the ISF and Force Communication
Element 2 in East Timor, and MRTF 2
in Afghanistan have been reunited with
family and friends in joyous scenes.
3 Bde Commander Brig Stuart Smith
said the brigade was working hard with
agencies such as the Defence Community
Organisation and the Veterans' Affairs
Department to support the reintegration
of the soldiers into their workplace and
"Detailed briefings, counselling,
workshops and leave will be a part of our
approach," Brig Smith said.
Significant achievements were made
by Australian forces in all AOs. Mission
roles and functions were diverse and sol-
diers returned home with a wide range of
For troops returning from East Timor,
recognition came from the top. Defence
Minister John Faulkner applauded the
achievements of the returning person-
nel in helping one of Australia's closest
"I congratulate the soldiers returning
to Australia on the success of their mis-
sion," Senator Faulkner said.
"The improved security conditions
that have emerged during the deploy-
ment of these soldiers has enabled the
ISF mission to evolve."
East Timor President Jose Ramos
Horta also praised the departing troops.
"Together we have been able to
restore peace and security for the peo-
ple who so much deserve it," Dr Ramos
This sentiment was shared by Pte Tim
Carlton, who said he and his mates left
Many a homecoming
Honoured: East Timor President
Jose Ramos Horta awards Pte
Tobias Wagner his Timor-Leste
Solidarity Medal at a ceremony in
Dili (above). Photo by Cpl Fiona Parslow
Home: LCpl Clinton Maynard with
his family, Ebony, Tran, Jaden,
Bailey and Allie, on his return from
Op Astute (right). Photo by LCpl Mark Doran
East Timor with a sense of achievement
and fond memories of the people they
"I think the East Timorese people
react very positively to the Australian
forces. We are here to help get their coun-
try back on their feet and I believe that
is what we have done so they are very
appreciative," he said.
While Secdet worked as a tight forma-
tion, the FCU deployed across the Middle
East and Afghanistan and CO Lt-Col
Warren Gould said he had to manage his
team from near and far.
"The breadth of operational experi-
ence on this deployment for the FCU 2
was enormous, from the headquarters
supporting the Commander Joint Task
Force to being present in the remotest
patrol base in Afghanistan alongside sol-
diers who patrolled outside the wire on a
daily basis," Lt-Col Gould said.
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