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CHRISTMAS is synonymous
with family in Australia.
Many of us rejoice in the
message of love and hope of
the Christian tradition.
Yet even those of no religious
affiliation or non-Christian faiths pause
to enjoy this feat as a time of reflection
and as a time for reunion with loved
To soldiers, the message of peace at
the heart of Christmas is a beacon of
hope. Our profession knows better than
any the suffering and privation of war.
We have been on sustained operations
for well over a decade and most of our
soldiers have been deployed to war or
peace and humanitarian operations, often
All of you have seen the depth of
man’s inhumanity to fellow man. The
promise of Christmas is that deep inside
all of us is the desire to live in harmony.
Our Army has worked hard to
improve the lot of our fellow human
beings all over the world and to preserve
peace for our fellow Australians.
This has been a demanding year for
all of us and also for our families.
Thankfully, most of you
will manage to get stand-down
time and to spend precious time
with family and loved ones. Enjoy it.
Of course many of our mates are still
on operations including in grave danger
Every deployed soldier will feel the
poignant sense of separation at being
away from home at Christmas.
To you, be assured that the entire
Army family is behind you and awaiting
your safe return.
As the year draws to a close, I want
to thank every one of you for your
unselfish service to the nation.
The Army has continued to serve
with courage and integrity.
In so doing you have upheld our
proud traditions and won enormous
respect from your fellow citizens.
To those of you travelling by road,
please exercise great care and stay safe.
To all of you and your families, Gayle
and I extend the compliments of the
Have a safe, happy, holy Christmas
and return to work rested and motivated
for a terrific 2014.
Y MESSAGE this festive
season is optimism. As
we start closing the doors
to our longest war, after
consistently delivering on everything
asked of us, we have much to be
New and exciting structures with
the ongoing implementation of Plan
Beersheba and new equipment, such
as Land 121 vehicles and the landing
helicopter docks. Underpinning this we
have a greater focus on our values.
This goes to the human dimension of
Army, which is our most important asset.
In the next years our tempo will allow
us to invest back in the basics.
This will include hard and realistic
This is professionally satisfying
It will also include barracks routine
and all that comes with it, such as
competitive sport, competitions and
Army will always be hard and
demanding – none of us joined for the
easy life and I haven’t seen an easy year
since I joined in 1979.
Our routine will see us with the
ability to better manage a healthier work/
life balance and to spend more time with
our families, loved ones and friends.
This year the Chief launched
“Respect” as our fourth stated value.
Over the festive season, respect our
badge of honour, the Rising Sun, by
acting lawfully and morally.
Respect each other. Before you depart
on leave find another member of our
team, someone you would not normally
have a need to speak with, and whether
they are in or out of uniform, shake their
hand. Wish them well.
Respect yourself. Enjoy, but enjoy in
moderation. Come back from leave fit
We will still have many guarding our
walls over Christmas and unable to be
with their families and loved ones.
Spare a thought for them as you enjoy
I for one will be raising my glass
to them before I sit down to Christmas
What makes my job remarkable is
you. Army is and remains a great place
in which to serve.
See you next year.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison
RSM-A WO Dave Ashley
CDF Gen David Hurley
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Year well done: CA Lt-Gen David Morrison inspects personnel from 8/9RAR at the Uruzgan Lines
Photo by LAC Dan Pinhorn
HE ADF has achieved a great
deal this year as a result of
your dedication and hard
Our operations in Timor-Leste and
the Solomon Islands ended successfully.
So too will our mission in Uruzgan,
allowing most of our people to return to
Australia by year’s end.
In addition to these operations,
in 2013 ADF personnel supported the
bushfire recovery effort in NSW, assisted
the people of the Philippines after
Typhoon Haiyan and worked tirelessly
to contribute to Australia’s border
protection operations under Operation
Your efforts and achievements have
been made in many ways.
The first Battle Honour awarded since
Vietnam was presented to the Special Air
Service Regiment and 2 Cdo Regt this
year for the Battle of Shah Wali Kot.
HMAS Toowoomba’s assistance
in seizing a record half-tonne of
heroin underscored the importance of
Navy’s contribution to international
counter piracy operations while Air
Force marked 10 years of continuous
deployment in the MEAO, having moved
95 million pounds of cargo and more
than 220,000 personnel.
Defence also performed extremely
well at this year’s Comcare Work Health
and Safety Awards winning three awards
and four commendations.
These achievements would not
have been possible without the support
of the wider Defence organisation and
the families who support our military
Many more ADF members will have
an opportunity to reunite with family and
friends this festive season than in recent
years but others will be separated by
deployments or postings over the holiday
Wherever you are, I wish you and
your family a safe and happy Christmas
and a prosperous New Year.
Bright beacon of hope
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