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AIR FORCE November 26, 2009
By WO2 Graham McBean
A DEPLOYMENT to the Solo-
mon Islands in 2003 impressed
WGCDR Wendy Horder so much she
watched the posting cycles for the
next five years in order to return to
the island nation.
WGCDR Horder is now 20 months
into her three-year tenure as the first
female ADF Defence Attaché. She is
accredited to Solomon Islands, Palau,
Federated States of Micronesia and
During her three-month deploy-
ment with the Regional Assistance
Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in
2003, she developed an affinity with
the people and the island culture under
Her return in 2008 was under much
"The country was vastly different
than 2003," WGCDR Horder said.
"There were barely any vehicles
on the road, people weren't out on the
streets and shops were closed; the peo-
ple were essentially scared.
"Now, there are cars and there is
traffic; shops are open, schools are
open and it's a good feeling -- a safe
One of her primary functions as
Defence Attaché is overseeing the
Defence Co-operation Program's
Patrol Boat program for the nations to
which she is accredited.
Defence gifted 22 boats to 12
Pacific nations to help protect their
maritime territories and 30 Royal
Australian Navy personnel throughout
the region provide technical advice and
maritime surveillance training.
WGCDR Horder said she had
learnt many things about how the Navy
works and it had been fantastic work-
ing with the maritime surveillance and
technical advisers in each country.
Similarly, working with multiple
Australian agencies was also vastly
different than anything she had done
before -- but a professional experience
"You see Defence through more of
a strategic, or government lens rather
than just the lens of a military person,"
she said. "As people get further along
in their careers or in rank it is impor-
tant to see that Defence is but one part
of the Australian Government."
But the highlight for WGCDR
Horder was returning to the Pacific
islands and working with a diverse
cross-section of people on a daily
"I find the people very friendly in
the countries I am accredited to," she
"No one is ever in a hurry and they
enjoy life, singing and dancing -- it is a
very good way to live."
BIG CHANGES: ADF's first female Defence Attaché, WGCDR Wendy Horder, outside the Australian High
Commission in Honiara.
Photo: WO2 Graham McBean
By SGT Andrew
SINCE its arrival in Kan-
dahar, Force Communications
Unit 2 Detachment (FCU2) has
achieved a couple of significant
"We've increased the speed
of the welfare wireless inter-
net service for members in
Kandahar and established a
welfare room with six internet
terminals," FCU 2 nodal com-
mander LT Jessica Adams said.
FCU 2 provides IT and com-
munications support to ADF
personnel in Afghanistan.
LAC Christopher Andreou,
a communication electronic
technician from 1 Combat
Communications Squadron, said
he had learned a number of new
skills during his deployment.
He said the work hours were
quite long and remembers a sat-
isfying day of work, where he
and his mates achieved a great
"One unit had their lines
go down and we spent a whole
night working and finished at
2pm the next day; it was quite
rewarding to get them up and
running again," LAC Andreou
said.LT Adams said the assistance
her unit provides is widespread
The unit is due to return to
Australia in the new year.
FCU 2 keeps
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