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CDF receives Order of Timor-Leste
02 February 2011

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East Timor

The Chief of Defence Force (CDF), Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, has been formally recognised by East Timorese President, Jose Ramos‑Horta for his commitment and support to East Timor

Air Chief Marshal Houston was awarded the Medal of the Order of Timor Leste, for his leadership of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since 2005.

This is the highest recognition that can be bestowed in East Timor and intended to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution to East Timor and the Timorese people.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said he was deeply honoured to receive the award.

“I commend the Government of East Timor for its leadership and commitment to ensuring East Timor’s continuing stability,” he said.

Air Chief Marshal Houston accepted the award during a counterpart visit to East Timor.

The ceremony was attended by guests including East Timor’s Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao and Chief of Defence Force Major General Taur Matan Ruak.

The medal ceremony coincided with the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the East Timor Defence Force (F-FDTL) and Air Chief Marshal Houston participated in commemoration activities in recognition of this important event in East Timor’s history.

Air Chief Marshal Houston said F-FDTL had made significant progress since its establishment in 2001 to develop as a professional and stable defence force.

“The ADF values its partnership with the F-FDTL and remains committed to future cooperation with the F-FDTL,” he said.

Defence currently has 25 personnel posted to East Timor as part of the Defence Cooperation Program, and around 400 ADF members deployed as part of the International Stabilisation Force (ISF).

New Zealand also contributes around 70 defence force personnel to the ISF.