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12 WORLD NEWS
Army May 13, 2010
GOVERNOR-General Quentin Bryce took
full advantage of an unplanned extended
stop-over in the Middle East Area of
Operations -- caused by Icelandic-volcano
disruptions to European flight plans -- to
visit Australian troops in the United Arab
Emirates and Afghanistan before Anzac Day.
She spent time with ADF personnel at Al-
Minhad Air Base in Dubai and conversed at
length with individuals and groups.
During an address to the soldiers, sailors
and airmen following an afternoon tea, Ms
Bryce said it meant a lot to her to be in the
Middle East meeting ADF personnel and to
share their experiences.
"I want you to know how much I've enjoyed
the conversations I've had around the room,"
Ms Bryce said.
"It's one thing to read about what you do
-- it's different to be here, to look into your
eyes and to reflect on your contribution to our
"I want to say to each and every one of you,
thank you for what you do every single day."
The next day, the Governor-General paid a
surprise visit to Tarin Kowt and Kandahar in
Addressing soldiers at Tarin Kowt, Ms
Bryce thanked all those present for providing
her with a warm welcome to Afghanistan.
"I see in you so much that makes me feel
proud of you, of our country, of our great tradi-
tions in military service, in defending freedom,
democracy, the dignity and worth of every
human being," she said.
"I say these words to you from my heart
and from all Australians."
Cpl Andrew Lawrence, from Mentoring
Task Force 1, who spoke with the Governor-
General during her visit, said it was an honour
to host her and hear what she had to say.
"She was nice and very polite -- she seemed
to be genuinely interested in what we were
doing," Cpl Lawrence said.
At Kandahar airfield, Ms Bryce met with
personnel from the Rotary Wing Group and
Heron UAV detachment.
DURING a three-day visit to Afghanistan, Defence
Minister John Faulkner met senior Afghan govern-
ment figures to discuss Australia's training mission
in Oruzgan province.
Senator Faulkner also visited Tarin Kowt to meet
Australian commanders and members of Mentoring
Task Force 1, as well as visiting the Police Training
"The Afghan National Army 4 Bde is continuing to
make good progress under Australian and ISAF men-
toring," he said.
"I have been delighted to see our impressive
achievements here first hand, both in terms of our
efforts to build the capacity of Afghan National
Security Forces, and Australia's ongoing involvement
in reconstruction and development."
Before leaving Afghanistan, Senator Faulkner vis-
ited Australia's Rotary Wing Group and Heron UAV
reconnaissance detachment in Kandahar.
G-G drops in for cuppa
Surprise visit: Governor-General Quentin Bryce meets Capt Karina Cann at the Coalition Base
in Tarin Kowt.
Photos by Sgt Brent Tero
In depth: The Governor-General speaks with Cpl Andrew Lawrence, section commander
force engineer construction team.
Pleased: Senator Faulkner addresses personnel
of the Australian Rotary Wing Group.
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