Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, has today welcomed home Reservists from the West Australian based 13th brigade, following their four-month deployment to theSolomon Islands.
“These men and women have served their communities and their nation with pride, working toward the continued security of the Pacific region and that of our close neighbour,Solomon Islands.“
A team of approximately 80 Australian Reservist soldiers from Combined Task Force 635 returned home after a highly successful deployment to Operation ANODE, commencing in late March 2011.
Operation ANODE is the name forAustralia’s contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and has been running since 2003.
“Reservists like those returning home today bring a number of different skills toAustralia’s continued commitment to RAMSI, as well as to their employers when they return to their regular civilian work,” Senator Feeney said.
“Our troops have been very effective at engaging with the local people and gaining their trust and confidence in a very short time, working alongside soldiers from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.
“The continued dedication of Reservists supports RAMSI’s contribution to the maintenance of peace and security in theSolomon Islands.”
They will be replaced by 115 soldiers, comprising primarily of Reservists from NSW’s 5th Brigade.
Jeffrey Von Drehnen, Senator Feeney’s Office: 0467 791 309
Defence Media Operations,Canberra: 02 6127 1999
To arrange interviews with recently returned WA Reservists, please contact:
Maj John McPherson 13 Bde PAO 0400 083 723