Warm welcome awaits after Afghan stint
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.
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.