Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, has spent Anzac Day visiting troops in Afghanistan.
“I am honoured to share Anzac Day with our deployed personnel in Afghanistan and to thank them personally for their service in what is an extremely difficult and challenging environment,” Senator Feeney said.
“Whilst speaking with some of the troops one-on-one, I let them know that the support and thoughts of the Australian people were with them.
“Australia’s role in Afghanistan is integral in helping the International Security Assistance Force to achieve its missions in Afghanistan, and particularly Uruzgan. The role of our troops in the pursuit of this mission is essential,” he said.
Senator Feeney visited Multi National Base Tarin-Kot, witnessing firsthand the progress being made in Uruzgan, as it moves toward the completion of security transition.
“It is a testament to the hard work of both Australian personnel and their ISAF and Afghan partners that we are on track to hand control of Multi National Base Tarin-Kot to Afghan authorities and the lead for security in Uruzgan to the Afghan National Security Forces,” he said.
“The remainder of this year will see the ADF continue to advise and support the Headquarters 4th Brigade level, and the Special Operations Task Group continuing to conduct partnered combat operations.
“It is important to reinforce that post-2014, we remain committed to Afghanistan. This will include a training role at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Kabul and a substantial commitment, along with other international partners, to ANSF sustainment post-2014,” Senator Feeney said.
Note: Imagery of the Anzac Day commemorations in Afghanistan can be found at http://images.defence.gov.au/12133583
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