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WORLD NEWS 19
Army April 14, 2011
By Capt Lacey Western
AFTER handing over to incoming 13
Bde troops from Western Australia,
soldiers from 9 Bde who returned to
Australia from Solomon Islands last
week could look back on a job well
About 80 Australian soldiers from
South Australia and Tasmania's 9 Bde
were welcomed home on April 5 from
Operation Anode's 23rd rotation, which
also included troops from New Zealand,
Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
While they were no longer required
to provide a distinct security presence in
the community in Solomon Islands, the
soldiers provided community support
when required by participating in more
civil-liaison patrols, travelling to outly-
ing communities and islands.
Operations Officer Maj David Falloon
said continued government stability had
allowed the nature of Australian military
assistance to develop.
"This new phase of the opera-
tion within the law and order pillar of
the Regional Assistance Mission to
Solomon Island (RAMSI) is to build the
capacity of the Royal Solomon Islands
Police Force (RSIPF)," he said.
"Continuing the joint patrols was
impeding the RSIPF in taking full con-
trol of normal policing duties.
"This is the reason behind the reduc-
tion of military presence."
Returned rifleman Pte Jamie
Kulchanek said Australians were still
warmly welcomed by local community
"When we went out in the streets of
Honiara, everyone was very receptive to
us and we were obviously friendly and
welcoming to them," he said.
"I was recently over on another
island just after a large wave had come
through and we were there helping out
the locals with the clean up.
"The motto of 'helping friends' really
applied there and they were grateful for it."
Commander CTF 635 Lt-Col Paul
Landforce described the cooperative
nature of the mission as a key aspect of
"The reservists have been involved
in a lot of the policy, the cultural aspects
and interactions not only with the com-
munity but with the other 15 participat-
ing countries that make the Pacific con-
tribution to RAMSI," he said.
"That interaction in their daily living
and professional training was a high-
light of this mission."
Community support: Capt Kendall Crocker reads a story to children at the Pte Jamie Clark Memorial
Kindergarten in Gifu village, Honiara.
Photos by Cpl Janine Fabre
AS PART of Exercise Boss Lift
and the ADF Parliamentary
Program, Defence Parliamentary
Secretary David Feeney and NSW
Senator Steve Hutchins visited
Solomon Islands in March.
Senator Hutchins said he chose
to go to Solomon Islands after hear-
ing about the great work reservists
were doing there.
"I've certainly been humbled
and amazed," he said.
"Humbled by the dedication that
is required by the soldiers who serve
their country in a difficult area, and
amazed at how enthusiastic and
dedicated they are to their task."
Senator Feeney joined the
reservists as part of Ex Boss Lift,
where civilian employers spent time
with their deployed employees.
He said civilian employers were
given a tour of the base, kit demon-
strations, and time at the small-arms
range as part of the organised events
to experience for themselves a day
in the life of their employees.
Senator Feeney described the
Defence program as paramount to
ensuring the ongoing support for
reservists in the civilian workforce.
"We think it is very important to
instil in Australian businesses and
Australian employers a strong sense
of respect for reservists and reserve
service and for them to recognise
the extraordinary skills found in
Army reservists," he said.
Politicians join soldiers
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