Greensborough lad Joel Groat was a bricklayer in a previous life, but now the 35 year old is preparing for a white Christmas in Kabul, Afghanistan, working as a signalman for the Australian Army.
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Royal New Zealand Navy Commander John Crighton and Naval Aviation Capability Manager, Commander Phillip McBride during a break in proceedings as part of Exercise COOPERATION SPIRIT 2014 in Nanjing, China.
The Chief of the Defence Force along with senior defence and ministerial representatives from both Australia and Singapore were given a demonstration of the amphibious capabilities being used throughout Exercise Trident.
Australia's Air Task Group (ATG) consisting of six RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, an E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft and a KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircraft continue to support Operation OKRA with missions in Iraq.
On 7 March 2012, the Minister for Defence, Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force jointly announced a strategy for cultural change and reinforcement in Defence and the Australian Defence Force.