The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, has wished all serving members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF), including those serving on overseas operations, a merry Christmas and let our men and women in uniform know they’re in our thoughts.
About 3,300 deployed soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen will be celebrating Christmas Day away from home and family, whether in Afghanistan, the Middle East, Egypt, Sudan, East Timor, Solomon Islands or on border protection duties to Australia’s north.
Mr Snowdon said all Australians should remember that there are many members of the ADF making a real personal sacrifice to continue their work on Christmas Day, a sacrifice we are all very grateful for.
“We are proud of the courageous work our ADF members are doing in very challenging circumstances, in what has been a very difficult year,” Minister Snowdon said.
“We will not forget those Australians who have died and have been wounded on operations in Afghanistan and in current peacekeeping operations this year.”
“It is impossible for us to comprehend the loss these men’s families have suffered, but they remain in our thoughts.”
“Our deployed defence personnel, wherever possible, will be marking Christmas Day with various activites, however we should all remember many others will remain on duty across the day.”
“I would also like to thank all Australians who take the time to put together a care package for our deployed troops, these gifts go a great way to improving morale among our forces and are a much appreciated reminder of home.”
“To our men and women in uniform, I wish you all a happy and safe Christmas and I look forward to your safe return and the successful completion of your mission.”
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