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Celebrating 30 years of NORFORCE

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Celebrating 30 years of NORFORCE

23 June 2011

The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, this week congratulated NORFORCE on the celebration of its 30th anniversary, and acknowledged its unique and continuing role in the defence of Northern Australia.

“The roots of the North West Mobile Force, known as NORFORCE, can be traced back to World War II when the 2/1 North Australian Observer Unit, whose personnel were known at the time as the Nackeroos, provided intelligence on enemy movements on land, sea and air.”

NORFORCE, the first Regional Force Surveillance Unit (RFSU), was officially raised on 1 July 1981 to meet the requirements for surveillance and reconnaissance in the north and north-west of Australia.

“The Anniversary is an important milestone allowing us to celebrate NORFORCE’s rich culture and history. NORFORCE provided an invaluable opportunity for Aboriginal Territorians to be engaged in working for Defence of our country,” Mr Snowdon said.

“We are honoured to have six members of the original Nackeroos participate in the anniversary activities, and to recognise all of those past and present who have served with NORFORCE,” he said.

The highlights of the celebrations include the opening of the Nackeroos display at the Darwin Military Museum on 30 June 2011; and a remembrance service and an Anniversary dinner on 25 June 2011.

Mr Snowdon said the 30th Anniversary is an opportunity to honour and recognise the contribution of past members of both the Nackeroos and NORFORCE.

NORFORCE Commanding Officer LTCOL Chris Goldston said the anniversary not only recognises the significant contribution NORFORCE has made in recent history, but also the predecessors, the Nackeroos, who at the height of World War II served the nation through patrolling the northern coastline of Australia against possible invasion.

Note: details of events celebrating the anniversary are attached below.

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NORFORCE 30th anniversary events

Saturday 25 June 2011 at 10.00 am Cenotaph Ceremony to be held at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade to publicly celebrate the NORFORCE 30th

Birthday. NORFORCE Queen's and Regimental Colours will be on parade and the Hon Tom Pauling, Administrator of the Northern Territory, will be attending the event and addressing the gathering in his capacity as the Honorary Colonel of NORFORCE. Saturday 25 June 2011 at 6.30 pm

NORFORCE 30th Birthday Dinner This is a formal dinner for invited guests and current and ex-serving members of NORFORCE. It will be held outside on the lawns of the Officers’ Mess at Larrakeyah Barracks, Darwin. VIPs confirmed as attending are: Commander 6th Brigade, Brigadier Jeffrey Sengelman, and NORFORCE Honorary Colonel, the Hon Tom Pauling, Administrator of the Northern Territory. Approximately 200 people are expected to attend the Dinner, including the six Nackeroos as guests of honour Thursday 30th at 12:30 The official opening of the 'Nackeroos to NORFORCE'

Display at the Darwin Military Museum, East Point.

This will be attended by Minister Snowdon, and NORFORCE personnel.