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September 29, 2011
A COMMEMORATIVE ceremony to
mark the 64th anniversary of Austral-
ia's involvement in peacekeeping was
held at the future site of the Australian
Peacekeeping Memorial on Anzac Pa-
rade, Canberra, on September 14.
Australia's first United Nations
peacekeeping deployment was to
Indonesia in 1947.
Veterans' Affairs Minister Warren
Snowdon said Australia had a proud
record of peacekeeping and peace-
making, participating in more than 50
UN and multi-national operations.
"Currently, almost 600 Australian
Defence Force and Australian Federal
Police personnel are deployed in oper-
ations across the globe in locations
including the Middle East, Timor-
Leste, Solomon Islands and Sudan,"
Mr Snowdon said.
Australian Federal Police Assistant
Commissioner Frank Prendergast said
the 100th Australian police contingent
to Cyprus had recently deployed. AFP
members first deployed to Cyprus in
"The courage, tenacity, resource-
fulness and empathy shown by our
peacekeepers in the face of challeng-
ing and dangerous environments is a
continued reflection of the Australian
spirit," Mr Prendergast said.
The Australian Government is
funding a University of Melbourne
study that investigates the long-term
effects on mental health and quality of
life of ex-serving ADF peacekeepers
deployed from the 1990s to 2002.
The study will consider Australian
involvement in locations such as
Rwanda, Somalia, Cambodia,
Namibia, Western Sahara and East
Timor and is expected to be complet-
ed by the end of 2012.
PAYING TRIBUTE: AIRCDRE Terrence Delahunty and MAJGEN John Caligari lay wreaths at the
commemorative service in Canberra.
Photo: LAC Bill Solomou
SENIOR Air Force legal personnel joined hundreds of
mourners at Adelaide's Centennial Park cemetery on Sep-
tember 13 to farewell No. 24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron
reserves legal officer WGCDR Andrew Swifte, who died
suddenly at his home on September 4.
He was 60.
Director-General Australian Defence Force Legal
NUMBER 37 Squadron has re-
turned to Australia another Aus-
tralian serviceman who has died
in the line of duty, this time in
CFN Beau Pridue, who was
serving with the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF), died
from injuries that he sustained
in a motor vehicle accident
near the town of Baucau on
A second Australian ISF sol-
dier was injured in the accident.
The two soldiers were
Army reservists posted to the
8th Combat Services Support
Battalion in NSW.
They were travelling in an
ISF Unimog vehicle when the
CFN Pridue's repatriation
started on September 20 with
a memorial service in Dili and
then a ramp service at the air-
port as his body was ceremoni-
ously placed aboard the waiting
After the C-130 touched
down at RAAF Base
Williamtown on September
21, soldiers from 8th Combat
Service Support Battalion
formed an honour guard and
Then, led by the chaplain
and a piper and drummer, they
escorted his casket from the air-
craft to CFN Pridue's waiting
ISF CO COL Luke Foster
said CFN Pridue would be sadly
missed by his mates and the
"Beau was an excellent solid-
er, a great contributor and a real
team player," COL Foster said.
CA LTGEN David
Morrison, Commander 2nd
Division MAJGEN Craig
Williams and Commander 8th
Brigade BRIG Phillip Bridie
were also waiting to welcome
CFN Pridue home and paid
their respects to his family.
Services AIRCDRE Paul
Cronan, Air Force Legal
Ward and Specialist
Reserve (Legal) Principal
Panel Leader Air Force
GPCAPT David McLeod
were among the mourners.
'Swiftee', as he was
known to his mates, was
described as a RAAF Base
In his eulogy, GPCAPT
McLeod paid tribute to WGCDR Swifte, who was his
deputy, for his dedication and enthusiasm for the Air
"He was a great bloke, funny and warm, a highly suc-
cessful lawyer in private practice, who did not take himself
too seriously, but reliably provided expert assistance and
representation to personnel and commanders of RAAF Base
Edinburgh for over 23 years," GPCAPT Ward said.
"He was a loyal and highly effective legal officer,
who was also Adelaide's Deputy RAAFSR Panel Leader
WGCDR Swifte is survived by his wife Deb, daugh-
ter Alexandra and sons Nicholas and Edward.
WGCDR Andrew Swifte.
Digger back home after East Timor tragedy
SOMBRE SCENE: The bearer party carries the casket of CFN Beau Pridue from the
C-130 at RAAF Base Williamtown and, right, a photograph of CFN Pridue displayed at
the ramp ceremony.
Photos: LAC Craig Barrett
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