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March 3, 2011
FIFTY members from RAAF Base
Williamtown's 381 Expedition-
ary Combat Support Squadron
(381ECSS) rolled up their sleeves
to help clean up some of the local
beaches in Port Stephens last
CO 381ECSS WGCDR Lee de
Winton said a number of person-
nel from the base lived in the Port
Stephens and Nelson Bay areas.
"This community project provid-
ed us with the opportunity to give
something back a little," she said.
The Mayor of Port Stephens
Council, Councillor Bob Westbury,
joined Air Force members in the
LEUT Alistair Tomlinson
EAST Timor President Jose Ramos-
Horta paid tribute to the ADF at a cer-
emony recently to present members of
the International Stabilisation Force
(ISF) with the East Timor Solidarity
Describing the conduct of
Australian service men and women
in Timor-Leste as irreproachable, Dr
Ramos-Horta said he appreciated their
work in helping to consolidate peace
and security in his country.
The ceremony, which coincided
with the departure of Timor-Leste
Aviation Group 14, was held at the
recently completed helicopter base at
Dili Airport, home to the Operation
Astute Black Hawk helicopters.
The East Timor Solidarity Medal
recognises members of
armed forces who have
contributed to stability
and peace operations in
a Nobel Peace Prize
laureate, also thanked
Australia for helping in
the reconstruction of his
country after independ-
"I have person-
ally visited many of the
buildings and travelled
A MEDAL WELL DESERVED: FLTLT David Woods shakes the hand of Dr Jose Ramos-Horta after being presented with
his Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.
Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
on roads which were built or repaired
thanks to your efforts," Dr Ramos-
He said that only military forces
possessed the capability to respond to
large-scale natural disasters, such as
the one which had devastated Pakistan
"Civilian organisations simply
don't have the capacity to respond
like the military can in these times
of crisis," he said. "For those of you
returning home to Queensland and
Victoria where many thousands of
families have been affected by floods,
let me express my deepest sympathy
and solidarity with you."
ISF Commander COL Mick Reilly
thanked Dr Ramos-Horta for his
"It was a great honour and privi-
lege to have the President here today,"
COL Reilly said.
PITCHING IN: ACW Ashleigh
Warrior, LACW Rhiannon
Bowshall, LACW Kristie Tape,
LAC Travis Radford, WGCDR
Lee de Winton, LAC Matthew
Anderson, LAC Andrew Hokin
and CPL Steven Jermey clean up
Nelson Bay.Photos: LACW Amy Trebilco
BAG IT: LAC Colin Foard.
BAG IT: LACC
lin Fo ard
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