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Army June 9, 2011
By Cfn Max Bree
SOLDIERS deploying to East
Timor were farewelled by NSW
Governor Marie Bashir during
a parade at Victoria Barracks on
Hundreds of family and friends
turned out to farewell 160 mostly 8
Bde members of Timor-Leste Task
Group (TLTG) 3 before their eight-
Professor Bashir expressed her
confidence in the soldiers' skills and
abilities during an address to the
"You have been capably trained
and there is a wealth of knowledge
among you," she said.
"It is your wide array of life
experiences and strengths that
will see all of you succeed in East
The task group will help main-
tain security on the streets and sup-
port the community at the request of
the East Timorese government.
TLTG 3 OC Maj Robert Miller
said he was excited about the
deployment and had been encour-
aged by the progress already made
in East Timor.
"The security environment con-
tinues to become more and more
stable," Maj Miller said.
The TLTG 3 soldiers spent near-
ly two months of force concentra-
tion training at Canungra before
Pte Joel Young, UNSWR
Armidale, said he was excited about
the trip and hoped for the oppor-
tunity to get some courses done in
Pte Young said family and
friends were not all he would miss
during the deployment.
"I'll miss raiding the fridge and
sleeping in," he said.
Pte Ian De Souza, 2/17RNSWR
Sydney, said it would be great to
deploy on operations.
"I'm not too fazed about the
change of scenery," he said. "It'll be
just a good experience to get over
Pte De Souza put his univer-
sity studies on hold to serve with
"Uni is always going to be there
but this doesn't come up that often,"
Pte Chris Wetherell,
2/17RNSWR Sydney, said he was
interested in a full-time Army career
and would use the deployment to
help make a final decision.
"It's a try before you buy," he
Normally a pastry chef, Pte
Wetherell said he would miss his
young family but not his day job.
"It's good to get away from my
By Cfn Max Bree
SIGNALLERS bound for East Timor
with the fifth rotation of the Force
Communications Element (FCE 5)
were farewelled by family and friends
at Holsworthy Barracks on May 13.
The 29-member contingent from 17
Sig Regt will spend eight months spread
throughout East Timor providing strate-
gic communications for the International
The rotation has an average age of 26
and half have never deployed before.
FCE 5 troop commander Lt Cody
Goulding said the soldiers' youth made
them tech-savvy operators.
"We have some of the most technical
troops in the Army," Lt Goulding said.
"They are very technically able."
Commander Forcomd Maj-Gen David
Morrison thanked the soldiers of FCE 5
for their dedication and loyalty.
"You are the latest in a long line of
soldiers stretching back decades, even
centuries," Maj-Gen Morrison said.
"The nation is in your debt.
"Thanks for your commitment, good
luck and good soldiering."
Sig Diego Fogo, Information systems
technician, said FCE 5 would be another
one of life's experiences but he would
miss his wife and children most on his
Troop Sgt Dennis Villanueva said he
was excited about heading to East Timor
after other trips to Afghanistan.
"It's good to finally get a green
deployment," Sgt Villanueva said.
"I'm looking forward to being part of
the [troop's] senior leadership."
"It should be a good experience."
Sydney sigs say
goodbye to families
before Timor trip
Family affair: Sgt Dennis Villanueva joins his mother Larne and sister Rosie
after a parade to mark the departure of a contingent from 17 Sig Regt to
support operations in East Timor.
Photo by Cfn Max Bree
Reservists given a
vice regal send-off
Saying goodbye: NSW Governor Marie Bashir and 8 Bde commander Brig Phillip Bridie inspect troops
about to deploy to East Timor at a parade in Sydney. Inset, Pte Chris Wetherell, 2/17 RNSWR, kicks back
with his wife Lee, daughter Madison and baby Harry after the farewell parade.
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