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Army March 29, 2012
Cpl Mark Doran
THE members of Force Support
Unit 6 (FSU 6) were joined by fam-
ily and friends for a farewell parade
at Lavarack Barracks on March
16 before their deployment to the
More than 140 Army, Air Force
and Navy personnel will deploy on
Operation Slipper for a six-month rota-
tion as FSU 6, tasked with supporting
ADF personnel in the MEAO.
This support covers the reception,
staging, onward movement and integra-
tion of troops deploying into the region.
It also includes health and psycho-
logical support, as well as vital logistic
and administrative functions including
postal, supply, repair and transport.
Drawn primarily from 10FSB,
based in Townsville, FSU 6 also
includes specialist personnel from units
CO Lt-Col Phil McMaster said he
was incredibly proud of the unit as
members of all three services bonded
together as a team to meet his expecta-
"These 142 people came together
from all over Australia from 52 differ-
ent units, so we did have challenges
with how people worked together and
understood each other, but they are now
a fantastic team," Lt-Col McMaster
"It is an absolute privilege to be
taking them overseas. We have trained
well -- we feel ready"
Cpl Ray Towns, of 10FSB, said he
was looking forward to the challenge of
the deployment with FSU 6, as it was a
bit different to his past experiences.
"We will be supplying stores and
equipment to the whole of the Middle
East so there will be a lot of people
relying on us so they can do their jobs,"
Cpl Towns said.
"This will be a chance for us to put
all our training into practice and make
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Dr Mike Kelly attended the parade,
praising the deploying personnel and
acknowledging their commitment to
community and country.
Dr Kelly said he understood the
pressure which was put on families
when a loved one deployed.
"We can't forget the many sacrifices
families make," he said. "I would like to
thank the families for the commitment
and support they give our personnel."
Slipper's strong supporters
Force Support Unit 6 farewelled in Townsville ahead of MEAO deployment
Fond farewells: FSU 6 operations officer Maj Jo Richards-Bell takes her place on
parade at the unit's farewell in Townsville. Inset top, Cpl Ray Towns with his son
Nate and wife Kirby at the parade. Inset bottom, Pte Kasey Murcott with his mother
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
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