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SEVENTY ADF members of
the Australian Medical Task
Force (AMTF) who deployed
to Pakistan to provide human-
itarian assistance in the wake of the
devasting monsoon floods returned to
Australia on October 29, welcomed
home at a ceremony at RAAF Base
Amberley in Queensland.
Senator David Feeney, Parliamentary
Secretary for Defence, praised the effort
of the AMTF in providing assistance to
Pakistan during the crisis.
"The Australian Government and
the Australian people are very appre-
ciative of the dedication and skill you
have brought to the great work you have
been doing for the distressed people of
Pakistan," Senator Feeny said.
"You have upheld the best traditions
of the ADF and of Australia. You have
added to Australia's high reputation in
the countries of our region."
AusAID Team Leader, Thanh Le,
said most of the displaced people in
the flood-affected Kot Addu area had
returned to their homes, marking the end
of the need for primary medical aid.
"Despite the devastation, most of the
residents in the Kot Addu area have now
returned to their homes and the main
local government hospital has returned to
a pre-flood patient load," Mr Le said.
Nursing Officer LEUT Adrian
Gantley, of HMAS Penguin, said his
time in Pakistan was challenging and
"Working in the health facility was
very stressful at the start as there were a
large number of extremely sick patients
who required treatment," LEUT Gantley
"Seeing infants and children in that
The Australian Medical Tas
Operation Pakistan Assist I
completed their mission aft
at the Australian Health Fac
CPL Zenith King reports.
condition was difficult, but you just have
to do what you can to help."
LEUT Gantley said deploying to
Pakistan to provide humanitarian aid
was an honour.
"I have a lot of admiration and empa-
thy for the people of Pakistan; they are
The 180 personnel who formed the
AMTF were deployed on Operation
Pakistan Assist II. The Task Force
A Medical Task Force including
36 Defence and 28 civilian health
capabilities to support the
delivery of clean water to the
Task Force and construction
of accommodation and other
Six RAAF C-17 Globemaster
flights (August 14, 17, 24, 26,
29 and September 1) which
delivered aid, personnel and
equipment into Pakistan.
Aid stores and services delivered
by the ADF and AusAID included:
GOOD ADVICE: LEUT Joel Hissink gives medical advice to an elderly
Pakistani man in the Camp Cockatoo Health Facility.
Photos: POIS Damian Pawlenko
OP'S OVER: LSMED Leona Nichols
(left) and LACW Alex Redlich help
dismantle a tent at Camp Cockatoo.
HELPING HAND: LEUT Adrian
Gantley gives fluids to a young
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