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Operation TANAGER

Australia: 20 February 2000 to 19 May 2002

AO: East Timor (including Oecusse district in the western part of the island of Timor).

After INTERFET completed its tasks on 23 February 2000, military command and control responsibilities were formally transferred to the Headquarters of the UN Peacekeeping Force (PKF) as part of the United Nations Transitional Authority in East Timor (UNTAET).

Deployed: Australia supported the UN peacekeeping operation with between 1500 and 2000 personnel on a 4 - 6 month posting cycle. Estimated Total of 7,500 personnel.

Australia contributed an Infantry Battalion Group force to the western border region (Sector West) of East Timor to prevent insurgency operations by the Aitarak Militia forces and under command UN PKF Headquarters. Australia also contributed a Communications Management Team working to the PKF HQ providing commercial standard telecommunications, telephone, data and communications infrastructure, installations and management. Additionally deployed were landing craft, Black Hawks, an Australian National Command Element, RAAF and RAN Support and Logistical units.

Australia remained the largest contributor of personnel to the peacekeeping mission. Australian troops were gradually drawn down over several years after 2000, however major rioting in Dili in May 2006 prompted more Australian Defence Force members to be deployed to East Timor as part of Operation ASTUTE.

Killed: Corporal Stuart Jones, 2 Cavalry Regiment, RAAC, August 2000.

Wounded: Approx 7

Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 1st April 2004: Non-warlike Service.

Awards: Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with Clasp 'EAST TIMOR' ; UNTAET Medal. MUC awarded to the 10th Force Support Battalion (10FSB).

AASM 1988  

AASM with Clasp