Some 2200 Australian Defence Force personnel have celebrated Christmas away from their families and friends this year.
The ADF’s ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, the broader Middle East Region and South Sudan, as well as in our northern waters, is a testament to Australia’s commitment to regional and global stability and security.
Chief of Joint Operations Vice Admiral David Johnston thanked personnel deployed across the globe at the end of a high-tempo year.
“It is important to recognise the contribution of all men and women of the ADF who have supported operations both domestically and abroad in what has been a busy year,” he said.
“I especially want to thank the 2200 personnel who will be serving overseas over Christmas and thank them, their families, and friends for their contribution.
“The Christmas season can be a challenging time when you’re away from loved ones, but also provides our deployed men and women a unique opportunity to celebrate Christmas with their ADF family.”
CONTACT adds our heartfelt thanks and best wishes to the ADF personnel spending this festive season away from their families and friends and we also extend our warmest best wishes to those families who have sacrificed a little bit of their hearts and happiness in allowing their deployed family member to do what they do, especially at this time of year.
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and, above all, safe, New Year