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June 9, 2011
A NEARLY 40-year military
career that spanned the mean
streets of Northern Ireland to
the unforgiving valleys of south-
ern Afghanistan closed in a
Bungendore paddock in May as
Chief of Joint Operations LTGEN
Mark Evans declared "targets
down -- patch out".
After serving for five years
in the British Army, Mark Evans
joined the Australian Army in 1976
and, as a lieutenant general, relin-
quished command of the ADF's
deployed forces on May 19.
In farewelling the staff at
HQ Joint Operations Command
(HQJOC), LTGEN Evans said
the headquarters personnel and
those deployed in joint task forces
should be justifiably proud of their
achievements over the past three
"You have shown yourselves to
be what I expected -- great ambas-
sadors of your country, tremendous
humanitarians and fine warriors,"
Reflecting on LTGEN Evans'
contribution, Deputy Chief Joint
Operations RADM Ray Griggs
(who will become Chief of Navy
on July 4) described him as a con-
summate military professional with
unsurpassed operational experience
in the ADF, and an absolute gentle-
"GEN John Baker is considered
the 'architect' of joint operations in
the ADF and what is now HQJOC.
But LTGEN Evans is without doubt
its heart and soul," RADM Griggs
"His three years have left a
lasting legacy on those of us who
worked closely with him and the
ADF as a whole -- he is proof posi-
tive that the operational art is alive
During LTGEN Evans' tenure,
HQJOC consolidated from eight
different locations to its new facil-
ity at Bungendore, established new
processes and positioned itself
firmly as an operational-level head-
HQJOC has been responsible
for coordinating 54 overseas and
domestic operations, 86 combined
and joint exercises and more than
180 Defence aid to the civil com-
munity or search and rescue tasks
since LTGEN Evans took com-
mand in June 2008.
LTGEN Evans said he would
always be acutely aware of the cost
of operations on individuals and
families and would never forget
"Sadly, in my time, we have lost
19 of our soldiers killed in action in
Afghanistan and one of our sailors
who died on Operation Resolute,"
"But I also know that this is
part of our job and that we need to
remain robust and resilient to such
In his final address to the head-
quarters and those serving on
operations, he said he remained
immensely proud of his service and
enormously privileged to serve his
country for the past 35 years.
Staff at HQJOC lined the facil-
ity's driveway to offer a final salute
as LTGEN Evans departed.
As reported in the May 26 edi-
tion of Navy News, LTGEN Brian
'Ash' Power took over as Chief of
Joint Operations on May 20.
Evans 'patches out'
JOB WELL DONE:
LTGEN Mark Evans is
farewelled by Director
Inset: Newly pro-
moted LTGEN Brian
'Ash' Power chats
with LTGEN Evans at
Photos: SGT Mick Davis
and Steve Dent
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