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Army July 21, 2011
By Flt-Lt John McCourt
COMMANDER of the
International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) in East Timor Col Michael
Reilly has finished his nine-
month deployment, passing com-
mand of the joint Australian and
New Zealand force to Col Luke
Foster in Dili on July 2.
Col Reilly said the past nine
months had seen many successes
"The ISF has conducted many
activities throughout Dili and
regional East Timor in support of
the East Timorese people and secu-
rity services, engaging with local
authorities and communities and
maintaining our important role in
this new country," he said.
Col Reilly said the infan-
try group, Anzac Coy, primar-
ily comprised of reservists from
Queensland, had demonstrated the
exceptional contribution reservists
brought to the ADF.
In February, the ISF received
an urgent call for assistance from
the Government of East Timor to
deal with the devastation caused by
floods which struck Dili.
"It was a challenging time and I
was very proud of the professional-
ism and dedication of our troops."
Col Reilly said an important
role of the ISF had been its work
alongside East Timor security forc-
es to ensure a stable environment.
The ISF has also undertaken a
number of support projects with the
East Timor Police Force, including
an important upgrade to its weap-
The departing commander said
he was leaving East Timor with a
sense of fulfilment and with posi-
tive anticipation for the future.
"While the security situation
in East Timor has significantly
improved to a level of sustained
stability, it is my sincere belief that
the country has also progressed sig-
nificantly in many other ways," Col
"East Timor is a proud country
with a visionary leadership and I
am sure it will continue to grow
stronger with its own special sense
"I express my thanks and grat-
itude to the friendly and profes-
sional relations afforded to me by
the Government of Timor-Leste on
behalf of the people of East Timor."
So long Timor
Good luck: Incoming Commander ISF Col Luke Foster,
left, is presented with the ISF uniform patch by outgoing ISF
Commander Col Michael Reilly during the handover parade in Dili.
Photo by Cpl Melina Mancuso
In tune: Christian Power of the Lonesome Train
bangs out a few tunes in Solomon Islands.
Photo by Nic Stamatis
FORCES Entertainment held
two spectacular shows at
Guadalcanal Beach Resort,
Honiara, in mid June for
ADF troops in Solomon
Compered by Aniela
Hedditch, Adam Rennie's solo
act on acoustic guitar proved
popular on the tour as he belted
out some digger anthems such
as Khe Sanh and The Gambler.
The main act was Christian
Power and the Lonesome Train
-- a rockabilly trio comprising
Christian on lead guitar and
vocals, Jordon Colley on the
double-bass and Robert Laurie
Capt Adam Crowle, CTF
635, said the band produced
a wave of sound and energy
never before matched on
"Jordon was quite the
showman, swinging his dou-
ble-bass around like an electric
guitar, before displaying an
awesome trick -- climbing and
balancing on the instrument
and playing at the same time,"
Capt Crowle said.
The Hollie Andrew Trio
set a different tone with a suite
of rock ballads, including a
mellow version of Michael
Jacksons's Man in the Mirror.
Almost $3300 was col-
lected for Legacy during the
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