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AN ADMINISTRATION officer has been
commended in the MEAO for his efforts in
improving administrative processes and
increasing reporting times as part of Joint
Task Force 633 (JTF633) headquarters.
SQNLDR Brett Nansen was recognised
in a small ceremony at Al Minhad Air Base
in the United Arab Emirates.
SQNLDR Nansen was commended
for his efforts in reviewing and updating
personnel management and administra-
tive systems, and for displaying superior
administrative skills and a tenacious
approach to the personnel-related tasks.
His dedication and professionalism
while performing the higher duties of the
J1 (Staff Officer Personnel Operations) for
more than a third of his
deployment were also
Army colleague, WO1
Matthew Smith, also
received a com-
mendation at the
CAPT Lacey Western
EVEN though he came a crop-
per in the wet conditions, FSGT
Mark Eaton was delighted to be
among the International Stabilisa-
tion Force (ISF) members who got
down and dirty in the inaugural
Timor-Leste Airlines Car Rally.
'TLA Raid, In the Routes of
Timor-Leste' invited entrants to take
to the island's roads and trails, with
all funds raised being donated to
various charities across East Timor.
The 44 participants travelled
400km over two days, taking in
some the spectacular landscape
and meeting the locals who live
in the outlying district villages of
The Australian-led ISF provid-
ed a vehicle recovery team and an
advance party to precede the rally
and ensure the route was clear.
FSGT Eaton, from RAAF
Base Amberley, headed the ISF
advance party for the rally and
described the experience as a
highlight of his deployment to
"The scenery was spectacu-
lar and every village we passed
through we were met with warm
welcomes and a chorus of "bon
dia" (good morning)," he said.
While the people were friend-
ly, the skies were not.
Rain clouds opened up on the
rally and the downpour quickly
turned the roads to slick mud.
The recovery vehicle had to be
called upon to rescue the rally's
Then the advance party had to
be winched out of a ditch after
losing traction in the mud.
"There were a few more grey
hairs after that but luckily no one
was hurt and it wasn't long before
we were back on the road," FSGT
"It was fantastic to be able to
get out into the community and
support an event that is working
towards helping those in need in
was happy to
at Al Minhad
DIRTY BUSINESS: FSGT Mark Eaton, front, SGT Arsenio
DeGuzman, left rear, and GNR John Vanloon near Umabocu Village
in East Timor.
Photo: CPL Melina Mancuso
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