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Army September 30, 2010
ADF personnel deployed to
Pakistan have received high-pro-
file visits from Foreign Affairs
Minister Kevin Rudd and Chief
of Joint Operations Lt-Gen Mark
Mr Rudd and Lt-Gen Evans
witnessed the flood-ravaged
regions of Pakistan firsthand and
met the Australian Defence mem-
During his visit, Mr Rudd
announced a $40m increase in aid
relief to Pakistan.
The extra $40m in relief aid
now increases the total offered by
Australia to $75m.
Mr Rudd was joined by
Commander JTF 633 Maj-Gen
John Cantwell and AusAID
Director General Peter Baxter.
He said he was troubled at the
extent of the disaster but impressed
by the vital assistance provided by
Australia at the Camp Cockatoo
medical facility in Kot Addu.
"The new assistance will more
than double Australia's overall
contribution to the Pakistan flood
relief effort," Mr Rudd said.
"This includes $11 million to
help address urgent humanitarian
needs in food, health, water and
sanitation through the World Food
Program, UNICEF and the World
The visitors talked to ADF per-
sonnel and civilian members of
the Australian Medical Assistance
Team, AusAID and Emergency
Management Australia, getting
accounts of the work being con-
ducted by the Task Force.
They then had an opportuni-
ty to meet some of the more than
4000 victims of the flooding who
have received medical treatment at
Lt-Gen Evans also addressed
personnel, offering his thanks and
praise for their efforts.
"I am impressed with what you
have already achieved in the short
period of time you have been on
the ground," Lt-Gen Evans said.
"And I am particularly pleased
to see the branches of Army, Navy,
Air Force, Australian Medical
Assistance Team, AusAID and
Emergency Management Australia
working in such an integrated
"You have the support of eve-
ryone at home and I thank you for
your continued efforts on such an
Meet and greet: Commander Joint Task Force 633 Maj-Gen John Cantwell visits Camp Cockatoo.Photo by Cpl Chris Moore
VIPs visit Pakistan troops
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