The Australian Army has been presented with the Theatre Honour East Timor 1999-2003 during a parade in Canberra, as part of its 119th birthday celebration.
Presented by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Retd), the Theatre Honour recognises the performance of Army’s personnel and units during warlike service in Timor-Leste.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Theatre Honour formally recognises a proud chapter in Army’s long history of service to the nation and support to Australia’s neighbours.
“The presentation of the Theatre Honour on Army’s 119th birthday is an opportunity to reflect on Army’s rich history, and the achievements of the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation,” Minister Reynolds said.
“We should all be immensely proud of the key role the Australian Defence Force played in the early days of an extraordinary young nation in Timor-Leste.”
Chief of Army, Lieutenant General Rick Burr, AO, DSC, MVO reflected on the contribution of Army to the nation over the past century.
“Our people are our Army and they lead, inspire and make a difference,” Lieutenant General Burr said.
“As we have seen in recent months, they are ready to meet whatever challenge is put to them.”
The Governor-General attached a streamer bearing the Theatre Honour East Timor 1999-2003 to the Army Banner during the parade.
The honour will be embroidered to the Army Banner and the Colours and Guidons of units, which served in Timor-Leste during this period.
Army’s birthday recognises and remembers the achievements and challenges of Army’s soldiers over more than a century through their commitment to serving Australia and its interests.