From: Defence Media
Date: Mon 21/12/2015 4:26 PM

Deployed ADF personnel celebrate Christmas on operations

Some 2200 Australian Defence Force personnel will celebrate 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 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.”

Media note:
Pre-recorded Christmas messages from deployed ADF members will be fed to the Press Gallery at Parliament House today from 10am. Regional television networks can obtain footage from their national affiliates.

Imagery will be available through the Defence Image Gallery: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20153600 .

At approximately 10am on Boxing Day, Saturday, 26 December, 2015, broadcast quality video of deployed personnel celebrating Christmas Day will be fed to Sydney television networks. Regional television networks can obtain footage from their national affiliates.


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