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13 May 2008
CDF visits Australian troops at Tallil, Iraq

Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston has visited Australian troops based at Tallil in Southern Iraq.

The CDF addressed the members of the Overwatch Battle Group (West) and Australian Army Training Team Iraq at a parade, joined soldiers for a barbecue breakfast and met with troops during a tour of the camp.

ACM Houston thanked the troops for their efforts during the course of their deployment, highlighting their success in training the Iraqi security forces and reducing the improvised explosive device and indirect fire threat in the region through aggressive patrolling.

He spoke to the soldiers about the success of the three-year overwatch mission and reinforced that the Australians had done the job they’d been sent to do.

During the visit the CDF was joined by Commander of Australian Forces in the Middle East Area of Operations Major General Mike Hindmarsh and senior Department of Defence leaders.

The CDF asked the soldiers to remain vigilant right up to the end of the mission and wished them a safe return to Australia.

ACM Houston also thanked the families of the deployed personnel for their ongoing support.

The Australian forces at Tallil will return home by mid-June.

The CDF asked the soldiers to remain vigilant right up to the end of the mission and wished them a safe return to Australia by mid-June.

ACM Houston also thanked the families of the deployed personnel for their ongoing support.