Operation TOWER is the ADF’s contribution to the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), and is commanded by Commander Andrew Schroder.
The UNMIT was established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1704 following civil unrest in East Timor in 2006. UNMIT is the UN’s fifth East Timor mission since 1999 and the third since Independence in 2002. http://unmit.unmissions.org/
With representation from 13 countries, the UNMIT Military Liaison Group conducts daily monitoring of the security environment as well as providing military advice on the restoration and maintenance of security. ADF members are also employed as staff officers based at UNMIT headquarters in Dili.
These and other Military Liaison Officers play a crucial role in security reform, including contributing to the professional development of the East Timor Defence Force (F-FDTL) by designing and delivering Liaison Officer training to F-FDTL officers and Senior Noncommissioned Officers (SNCOs).
The Prime Minister of East Timor and the senior leadership of the F-FDTL have officially recognised the importance of this training, enhancing the ADF’s profile with the F-FDTL as well as positively reinforcing Australia’s contribution to UNMIT.