Lead­ing the way for VP70

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LY­DIA KELLNER

A TOP US mil­i­tary of­fi­cer has thrown his sup­port be­hind Townsville’s cel­e­bra­tions to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of Vic­tory in the Pa­cific.

Lieu­tenant Gen­eral John Dolan, who re­cently as­sumed com­mand of US Forces Ja­pan and Fifth Air Force, will join the cel­e­bra­tions on Au­gust 14- 16, bring­ing with him the USAF Band of the Pa­cific- Asia re­gion, which will join Townsville’s 1RAR band at a com­mu­nity con­cert on Au­gust 15.

The Fifth Air Force will also pro­vide a B- 52 for a fly­over af­ter the pa­rade.

Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said VP70 was shap­ing up to be a great na­tional event with more than 200 vet­er­ans signed up to celebrate the end of World War II.

Cr Hill said Lt Gen Dolan’s at­ten­dance sig­nalled the sig- nif­i­cance with which the US air force placed upon this year’s com­mem­o­ra­tions.

“Townsville was home to the 5th Amer­i­can Airforce dur­ing the height of bat­tle when thou­sands of troops were sta­tioned here,” Cr Hill said.

“Our city was the most im­por­tant al­lied mil­i­tary and air base in the north of Aus­tralia.

“The im­pact of 5th Air Force was recog­nised with a ded­i­cated me­mo­rial at Kiss­ing Point fea­tur­ing the US flag.”

Lt Gen John Dolan.

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