Senator Feeney welcomes home soldiers from Solomon Islands
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, welcomed home members of the Army’s 9th Brigade at Keswick Barracks. These soldiers returned home from Operation Anode in the Solomon Islands, in Adelaide on Tuesday, 5 April 2011.
Senator Feeney joined with state and federal parliamentary representatives in welcoming 9th Brigade’s South Australian and Tasmanian soldiers home at Keswick Barracks.
Senator Feeney met with the soldiers from the Brigade and thanked them for their contribution to Operation Anode.
“Our Army Reservists contribute to defence and operational deployments at home and abroad,” Senator Feeney said.
“Australia has relied upon Army Reservists to contribute to domestic and international ADF operations, and our Reservists have proved themselves more than capable of stepping up to the challenge.”
The 9th Brigade soldiers were deployed to the Solomon Islands as part of the Australian-led regional assistance peacekeeping mission. The soldiers have been away for four months.
Soldiers were drawn from Army Reserve units across the Army’s 2nd Division, but are primarily from the Army’s 9th Brigade. The rotation was primarily staffed by Army Reserve officers and soldiers of the 10th/27th Battalion, the Royal South Australian Regiment (10/27RSAR). The Regiment is chiefly based in regional South Australia and its headquarters are located at Keswick Barracks.
The Army’s 9th Brigade is made up of Reservists from South Australia and Tasmania and is one of six Army Reserve Brigades within the Army’s 2nd Division.
Reserve members of units within the 9th Brigade have played an important role supporting operations in the Solomon Islands and East Timor in recent years, as well as responding to emergencies such as the recent floods in South Australia.
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