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16 WORLD NEWS
Army September 29, 2011
By Major Lachlan Simond
HE WAS writing an essay in a country town,
she was still in high school, another was
undertaking training for the Slovakian Army
and she was watching the tragedy unfold on
the television in a barrack's guard room.
These were some of the memories of
the assembled soldiers, sailors, airmen
and women and civilians who gathered at
Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Uruzgan prov-
ince, to mark the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
"Someone asks me each year 'where
were you? Where were you when the attacks
in Washington, Manhattan and Pennsylvania
So said US Army Maj Greg Haley, acting CO
of 4/70 Armd Regt, as he addressed his fellow
members of Combined Team Uruzgan (CTU).
He then posed another question -- "why do
people ask this"?
"I guess the answer is, that in some way,
every compassionate, law-abiding citizen of
this world, who cares about humanity and
goodness on earth wants to be a part of this
tragic event," Maj Haley said.
The assembled team of Americans,
Australians, Singaporeans, Slovakians and
Afghans, who work together in Uruzgan prov-
ince, stood in silence as they were reminded
of the 3000 people who died on that world-
changing day and the families that still grieve
They thought of the connections between
those who suffered and lost on that Tuesday
morning a decade ago and those who have lost
loved ones in the ensuing war on terror.
"And then there are all of you standing
before me. What is your connection to this his-
toric event?" Maj Haley said.
"For your connection is here and now, as
we stand here today, where an enemy was
born, an enemy that has bonded us as brothers
and sisters in arms for a full decade. We stand
in this land, in defiance of the few that have
lost the way. You stand here fighting with the
brothers and sisters on your left and right. You
stand firm, so that we don't have another trag-
edy anywhere across this great earth."
Day to remember
Solemn moment: American and Australian forces observe a minute's silence during a 9/11
memorial service at Multinational Base Tarin Kot in Afghanistan.
Photo by AB Jo Dilorenzo
MORE than 110 members of JTF 633,
based at Al Minhad Air Base in the
United Arab Emirates, have raised
more than $3700 for Legacy from their
own version of the Bridge to Brisbane
Event organiser Maj Wayne Bullock,
HQ 1 Div Health Branch, said support-
ing Legacy was of growing importance
given the increasing number of families
now relying on its support.
"Legacy means a lot to members
of the ADF as we are acutely aware of
the very important work it does in sup-
porting the families of servicemen and
women," he said.
According to Maj Bullock, it wasn't
difficult finding willing volunteers to
participate in the event, as it was a great
way to combine support for a worthwhile
cause with all-important exercise.
"Even though we were 11,000km
away, we tried to replicate the spirit of
the event by using a mock-up of the
Sydney Harbour Bridge as the starting
line, while the Brisbane accommodation
block was used as the finishing point,"
Maj Bullock said.
The run at Al Minhad Air Base began
at 6am to avoid the blistering heat --
average temperatures exceed 35 degrees
However, even by the start time, the
temperature was just under 30 degrees
and all competitors were advised to keep
their hydration up to avoid heat stress.
Maj Bullock said that the run also
drew support from service personnel
from the UK, Canada and Holland.
Thousands raised in
Al Minhad charity run
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