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18 WORLD NEWS
Army April 1, 2010
SOLDIERS serving in Solomon Islands paid their
respects to Pte Jamie Clark in a touching memo-
rial service on the fifth anniversary of his death, on
Members of Combined Task Force 635 and spe-
cial guests from the Regional Assistance Mission to
Solomon Islands, the Australian High Commission,
Participating Police Force and Royal Solomon Islands
Police Force assembled to remember the 21-year-old
"Every year, we carry out a memorial service for
him, in remembrance of his duty and service to your
country. It should always be remembered by the rest of
the community and especially the Australian soldiers,"
CTF 635 Commander Lt-Col David Thompson said.
Pte Clark was on patrol searching for possible weap-
on caches east of Honiara on Mount Austen on March
10, 2005, when he fell into a sinkhole and died.
A month before the tragic accident, the Australian
Federal Police had highly commended him for pacify-
ing a knife-wielding woman without any undue force.
"I think it's a tragic loss, especially when you
see Jamie's service history -- which is exemplary,
every report he received was outstanding -- and his
close mateship with the rest of the section," Lt-Col
Pte Clark's mother, Avril, often visits the area to fos-
ter her relationship with the Australian troops and local
villagers, especially in the Gifu community.
"She has raised a huge amount of money ... to help
the local community where he died and establish a kin-
dergarten, and the locals have adopted Jamie as one of
their children," Lt-Col Thompson said.
The service also recognised AFP officer Adam
Dunning, who was shot and killed six years ago, as well
as three local police officers.
VOLUNTEERS from Combined
Task Force 635 took action
to protect and improve the
Solomon Islands' environment
on March 6 by participating in
the global environmental cam-
paign Clean Up the World.
Fifty volunteers from CTF 635
Rotation 20 took time out to
clean up rubbish from the bush
and beach outside their base in
RSM WO1 Patrick McGarry
said while the soldiers were there
to support the Regional Assistance
Mission to Solomon Islands, they
also understood the need to help
protect the local environment.
"Together we are addressing
the problem of inappropriate dis-
posal of waste in the natural envi-
ronment," WO1 McGarry said.
"CTF 635 volunteers picked
up 30 garbage bags of rubbish just
from around the outside perimeter
of our base. The main types of
litter collected were cans, plastic
bottles and polystyrene."
The event was part of one of
the world's most successful com-
munity-led global environment
Clean Up the World founder
and chairman Ian Kiernan thanked
the soldiers for their outstand-
ing efforts. "From Australia to
Solomon Islands, together we are
creating a healthier world for our
children," he said.
Volunteers create healthier world
Global campaign: Members of the PNGDF, NZDF and ADF clean up around their HQ in Honiara.
Photo by Cpl Michael Wood
Remembrance: Members of CTF635, RAMSI,
the High Commission, and local and international
police converge at a service for Pte Jamie Clarke.
Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron
TWO politicians swapped
their suits for cams in
Solomon Islands from
March 1-4 as part of
the ADF Parliamentary
Member for Solomon
(NT), and Jon Sullivan,
Member for Longman
(Qld), worked alongside
soldiers deployed on
Operation Anode. They
handling, kit demon-
strations and tours of
the Rove prison, the US
war memorial and local
MPs deploy on Op Anode
Engaged: MP Jon Sullivan talks with locals at
the Honiara wharf.
Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron
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