Warm welcome awaits af­ter Afghan stint

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

ABOUT 100 Townsville sol­diers will be re­united with their fam­i­lies to­day fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their op­er­a­tional de­ploy­ment in Afghanistan.

The mem­bers of Force Pro­tec­tion El­e­ment – Ro­ta­tion Three, made up of sol­diers pre­dom­i­nantly from the 1st Bat­tal­ion, are ex­pected to ar­rive at Townsville Air­port at 9.30am to­day.

Since de­ploy­ing in Jan­uary, FPE- 3 has pro­vided pro­tec­tion for Aus­tralian train­ers and ad- vis­ers dur­ing the cur­rent as­sis­tance mis­sion to Afghanistan in sup­port of the Afghan Na­tional Se­cu­rity Forces.

This in­cluded force pro­tec­tion to in­struc­tors, ad­vis­ers and sup­port staff as­signed to the ANA Of­fi­cer Academy in Kabul and on­go­ing ad­vi­sory sup­port to the Afghan Na­tional Army’s 205 Corps head­quar­ters in Kan­da­har.

Aus­tralia re­mains com­mit­ted to a sta­ble and se­cure Afghanistan and con­tin­ues to sup­port the NATO- led train, ad­vise and as­sist mis­sion called Res­o­lute Sup­port, which has re­placed the pre­vi­ous NATO-led In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity As­sis­tance Force mis­sion.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

HOME AT LAST: Among the 1RAR sol­diers re­turn­ing to­day af­ter their de­ploy­ment to Afghanistan are ( from left) Cor­po­ral Jason McLay, newly pro­moted Lance Cor­po­ral David Col­lyer with his wife Josephine, and 3rd Bri­gadier Roger Noble.

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