From: Defence Media Centre
Date: 01 May 2012

Medals presented for work in South Sudan

An Australian deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) was one of the first peacekeepers to be presented with the mission medal in recognition of the efforts made by soldiers in the line of duty.

The medals were presented at a parade in the South Sudan capital, Juba, last month.

The parade, hosted by the Special Representative to the Secretary General Ms Hilde F Johnson, included one representative from each country contributing to the mission.

Ms Johnson noted the specific contributions made by all UNMISS personnel during the Jonglei Crisis in South Sudan, and the life-saving military response during the recent Inter Communal violence.

Warrant Officer Class Two (WO2) Natalie Lockwood was selected to receive the first medal for the Australian Defence Force at the parade.

WO2 Lockwood served as the Operations Warrant Officer in the Military Operations Centre and coordinated interaction with Base General Services and administration.

The remainder of the Australian personnel received their medals from the Commander of the Australian Contingent Operation Aslan, Colonel Anthony Borg, following the Anzac Day ceremony.

The UNMISS mission and mandate became active in July 2011, following a referendum which led to independence for South Sudan.

Operation Aslan is the Australian Defence Force name for Australia’s contribution to the UN Mission in South Sudan.

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