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Army June 9, 2011
'Targets down, patch out'
career in the British and
Australian armies which
spanned the mean streets
of Northern Ireland through to
the unforgiving dasht of southern
Afghanistan came to a close in a
tranquil Bungendore paddock as
Chief of Joint Operations Lt-Gen
Mark Evans retired.
Lt-Gen Evans relinquished com-
mand of the ADF's deployed forces
on May 19 as his final act in a 35-year
career in the ADF.
In farewelling the staff at HQJOC,
Lt-Gen Evans said the last three years
had confirmed what he had always
known about a large organisation such
as the ADF.
"Any organisation is less about its
buildings or its technology -- it's more
about leadership, a common purpose,
a clear objective, a set of values and
it's about character," Lt-Gen Evans
"Such organisations will always be
successful -- such is the nature of this
He said the headquarters personnel
and those deployed in joint task forces
should be proud of their achievements
over the past three years.
"You have shown yourself to be
what I expected -- great ambassadors
of your country, tremendous humani-
tarians and fine warriors."
In reflecting on Lt-Gen Evans'
contribution, Deputy Chief of Joint
Operations RAdm Ray Griggs who
will be the next Chief of Navy,
described him as a consummate pro-
fessional with unsurpassed operational
experience in the ADF who was an
"Gen John Baker is considered
the 'architect' of joint operations in
the ADF and what is now HQJOC,
but Lt-Gen Evans is without doubt its
heart and soul," RAdm Griggs said.
"His three years have left a last-
ing legacy on those of us who worked
closely with him and the ADF as a
whole -- he is proof positive that the
operational art is alive and well."
During Lt-Gen Evans' tenure,
HQJOC consolidated from eight dif-
ferent locations to its new facility at
Bungendore, established new process-
es and positioned itself firmly as an
HQJOC has been responsible for
coordinating 54 overseas and domes-
tic operations, 86 combined and joint
exercises and more than 180 Defence
Aid to the Civil Community or search
and rescue tasks since Lt-Gen Evans
took command in June 2008.
"Sadly in that time we lost 19 sol-
diers in Afghanistan and one of our
sailors died on Operation Resolute,"
Lt-Gen Evans said.
"I will always be acutely aware of
the cost of our operations on individu-
als and families and will never forget
their sacrifice. I also know this is part
of our job and that we need to remain
robust and resilient to such loss."
The staff of HQJOC lined the facil-
ity's driveway to offer a final salute to
Lt-Gen Evans as he departed through
the security gate for the final time.
In his final address to the headquar-
ters and those serving on operations he
said he remained immensely proud of
his service and enormously privileged
to serve his country.
"In the infantryman's vernacular, as
I 'down targets and patch out', I wish
you good soldiering and God speed."
Australia's popular joint operations commander Lt-Gen Mark Evans has
called it a day after a long and impressive military career.
Farewell: HQ Joint
personnel line the
driveway as Lt-Gen
Mark Evans departs.
Inset, Lt-Gen Evans
says goodbye to HQJOC
personnel on his final
day as joint operations
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