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12 WORLD NEWS
Army February 3, 2011
By Sqn-Ldr Richard Harrison
SIX ADF officers are performing
duties as United Nations Military
Experts on Mission (UNMEMs)
in Sudan at a pivotal time in the
The UNMEMs of Australian
Contingent 12 -- Leut-Cmdr
Bronwyn Low, Capt Joanne Cripps,
Capt David Kear, Capt Paul Lambert,
Capt Stephen Smyrk and Capt
Stephen Starkoff -- are deployed to
remote team sites throughout Sudan.
The UN Mission in Sudan's
primary task is to support the imple-
mentation of the Comprehensive
Peace Agreement signed in 2005 to
end more than 20 years of civil war.
The agreement provided for a
referendum to determine if the south
would form a separate nation.
That referendum was held from
January 9-15 and has resulted in an
overwhelming vote in support of suc-
cession from the north.
Australian Contingent Comm-
ander Lt-Col Glyn Llanwarne said
the UNMEMs had arrived at an
exciting time both for the mission
and the future of Sudan.
"The referendum is the culmina-
tion of five years of work. We are
lucky enough to be able to support
this process at a critical juncture in
From their team sites, the
UNMEMs monitor and verify the
location and activities of military
In addition to the UNMEMs, 11
other ADF members work for the UN
mission in Sudan in air movements,
aviation safety and logistic support
fields. The Australian contribution to
the mission started in May 2005.
UN officers join Sudan
mission at historic time
In the community: Capt Joanne Cripps visits a refugee camp at
Zamara in southern Sudan.
By Capt Cameron Jamieson
A NEW day has dawned for Army
Aviation in East Timor with the opening
of Timor-Leste Aviation Group's (TLAG)
base at Dili airport.
The Air Point of Disembarkation -- West
(APOD--West) replaces the temporary facil-
ities at the eastern end of Dili airport and
will open up new capabilities.
TLAG Executive Officer Capt Demelza
Kurylowicz said the move was a fresh
start for both the East Timor Civil Aviation
Authority and for Army Aviation's oper-
ations in support of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF).
"The old base was too close to the edge
of Dili airport to allow it to be certified for
larger aircraft to use," she said.
"Our move will allow East Timor to
move towards full international accredita-
tion of the airport by the International Civil
Aviation Organisation, which in turn can
lead to more visitors flying in to the coun-
"In TLAG's case, we now have a pur-
pose-built facility with hangars for each
of our helicopters and for our emergency
"We also have better workshops, head-
quarters and accommodation, which will be
a big plus during the current wet season."
ISF CO Col Michael Reilly said the new
base underscored the close ties between
Australia and East Timor.
"APOD--West is a great facility, and
highlights the infrastructure advances in
East Timor that have allowed us to build
such a base," he said.
"Our new base also demonstrates
Australia's commitment to the people and
Government of East Timor."
Boost for air capability
Air capability: The new APOD--West facility has capacity for the existing helicopter fleet and can also receive larger aircraft. LCpl Mark Johnson
(inset) carries equipment into one of the new buildings.
Photos by LAC Leigh Cameron
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