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SOCOMD will receive the first Army
Battle Honour since the Vietnam War.
The Battle Honour is for outstanding
performance during the Shah Wali Kot
Offensive in Afghanistan from May to
Named Eastern Shah Wali Kot, the
Battle Honour will be awarded in recog-
nition of the operational actions of the
SASR and 2 Cdo Regt from SOTG 12.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and
Defence Minister Stephen Smith made
the announcement on March 26, with Ms
Gillard congratulating the task group.
She said the Battle Honour was
awarded under revised guidelines that
acknowledged the way the Army fought
in the modern era.
"The combined achievements of
SASR and 2 Cdo Regt during the Shah
Wali Kot Offensive are worthy of the
highest praise," Ms Gillard said.
Mr Smith acknowledged the SOTG's
support elements and allies.
"Including significant contributions
from Special Operations engineers, sig-
nallers, logisticians and headquarters
support staff, as well as the US 101st
Airborne Division, their outstanding
performance has now been recognised in
the same manner as similar performances
have been recognised in the past," he said.
The efforts of the SASR and 2 Cdo
Regt during the engagement were highly
commended by the International Security
Assistance Force command for the contri-
bution it made to overall efforts to disrupt
insurgent activities in the region around
Eastern Shah Wali Kot, a traditional
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
recommended that the regiments receive
formal recognition for their outstanding
performance during the offensive.
Battle Honour for special forces
Timor mission ends with
departure of last troops
THE last Australian person-
nel deployed as part of the
International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) have returned home as
the ADF formally concluded
Operation Astute in Timor-
Chief of Joint Operations
Lt-Gen Ash Power said a small
number of ADF personnel
returned to Australia on March
27, marking the end of the
The last commander of JTF
631, Lt-Col Mick Sasse, flew
into Australia after the final
handover of Australian bases to
the Timor-Leste government.
Lt-Gen Power said the latest
mission in the fledgling nation
started on May 25, 2006, in
response to a request from the
Timor-Leste government, and
had been a success in restoring
public order and stability.
"Personnel from Australia
and New Zealand are proud
of the part they have played in
assisting the Timor-Leste secu-
rity forces' efforts to restore sta-
bility to their nation," he said.
"Overall, the ADF is proud
to have assisted the Timorese
people in the quest for self-
determination and governance.
We all look forward to contin-
ued strong relationships with
Timor-Leste defence personnel
into the future."
Lt-Gen Power said about
29,000 deployment orders had
been issued to personnel, some
multiple times, to Timor-Leste
since operations in the young
nation started with International
Force East Timor (Interfet) in
"Our personnel have done
an outstanding job to build
relationships based on mutual
respect and have maintained a
strong rapport with the people
of Timor-Leste since the first
deployment to the country in
1999," he said.
The end of the opera-
tion was declared after
the Helicopter Point of
Disembarkation became the
final ISF base to be handed over
to the Timor-Leste government.
Australia's three Army
Black Hawk helicopters, four
infantry platoons, 102 vehi-
cles and more than 50 shipping
containers of equipment have
been returned to Australia since
Other items including infra-
structure and some vehicles
have been given to the Timor-
Leste government after consul-
Australia will continue its
strong security relationship
with Timor-Leste through the
Defence Cooperation Program,
which will continue its mission
to support the development of
the Timor-Leste Defence Force.
A team of 24 military and
civilian personnel will remain
in Timor-Leste to provide train-
ing and mentoring support.
Bar hours to change
OPERATING hours at the major-
ity of Defence bars will be
reduced from April 29.
While the change better aligns
bar hours with peak usage, bar trad-
ing periods will vary between bases
and bars, where some hours might
increase, reduce or stay the same.
The changes, which the
Defence senior leadership agreed
to last year, are part of a com-
bined effort by the services to
address inefficiency and wastage
in Defence bars and clubs, while
still recognising the important role
these facilities play in Service cul-
ture and ethos.
An Army spokesperson said the
changes "had been developed in
consultation with relevant Army
bases and, wherever possible, had
taken into consideration bar loca-
tions, trading periods and the role
of bars and clubs as recreational
facilities for Army members."
This change is consistent with,
but separate from, the findings
and recommendations of the 2011
Hamilton Review into the Use of
Alcohol in the ADF.
The change also complements
initiatives being developed under
the Pathway to Change strategy.
Contracted bar staff will soon
collect data to help inform future
reform and alcohol management
strategies. This will comprise bar
attendance numbers and a break-
down of sales for high strength and
low strength alcohol.
Consistency in bar management,
alcohol pricing and profit disburse-
ment arrangements will be final-
ised during the coming months for
implementation in 2013 and 2014.
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TWO special forces soldiers were
wounded when an IED detonated dur-
ing a dismounted clearance patrol in
Helmand province on March 31.
A coalition soldier and two Afghan
National Security Force personnel
were also wounded in the blast.
The wounded soldiers received
immediate first aid at the site.
One Australian was aeromedically
evacuated with the coalition member
to a nearby medical facility for further
The three remaining casualties
returned with the force elements
to receive medical treatment at the
Multinational Base Tarin Kot medical
The patrol uncovered three more
IEDs within a compound of interest.
The commander on the ground
cordoned off the compound to ensure
no civilians entered the area.
Trading hours at ADF bars set to change in a bid to reduce inefficiency and waste
The Chief directed the Battle Honour
Committee to examine all Army engage-
ments since the Vietnam War to deter-
mine whether actions since then were
eligible for formal recognition under the
The Battle Honour will be formally
presented to the regiments later this year.
Long day: A special forces soldier removes his helmet after returning to Tarin Kot
from supporting the Shah Wali Kot offensive in 2010. Photo by Cpl Raymond Vance
Last call: Most ADF bars will change operating hours from April 29.
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