Mil­i­tary fam­i­lies thank­ful for sup­port of com­mu­nity

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

THIS has been a busy year for us all. The Aus­tralian Army con­tin­ues to be en­gaged in op­er­a­tions in many parts ofthe world.

Townsville sol­diers have served with dis­tinc­tion in Iraq, Afghanistan and in the Pa­cific in 2006. I am proud to com­mand such a pro­fes­sional and ded­i­cated group ofmen and women.

Wher­ever they serve, they are fine am­bas­sadors for Aus­tralia.

I would like to thank the peo­ple ofTownsville for their cont i n u i n g s u p p o r t o f o u r ser­vice­men and women, and of their fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly while we are serv­ing over­seas.

Ser­vice fam­i­lies ex­pe­ri­ence pe­ri­ods of­sep­a­ra­tion in the course oftheir lives and the sup­port ofthe broader com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially at Christ­mas, is wel­comed and im­por­tant to them.

This year has also brought tragedy and loss to the Townsville Army fam­ily. Only a few weeks ago, we lost Cap­tain Mark Bin­g­ley in a tragic he­li­copter ac­ci­dent in Fi­jian wa­ters.

I ac­knowl­edge the warm and gen­er­ous way that the peo­ple of Townsville have opened their hearts to his fam­ily and col­leagues at this dif­fi­cult and sad time.

Christ­mas is a spe­cial time for us all. I wish you all the com­pli­ments ofthe sea­son and a happy and pros­per­ous 2007 and thank you again for your sup­port of the army, our mem­bers and their fam­i­lies dur­ing 2006. GEN­ERAL PETER LEAHY

ChiefofArmy

The Townsvil­lians of Task Group 633.2, Mid­dle East Area of Op­er­a­tions, send a mes­sage home

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