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DEFENCE FORCE PERSONNEL RETURN FROM IRAQ

Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark and Minister of Defence, Hon Mark Burton will join the Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice- Marshal David Bamfield and other NZDF personnel to welcome a 72 strong contingent returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at 10.00 pm Thursday March 11, 2004 at RNZAF Base Ohakea.

61 Defence Force personnel returning from Iraq have spent the past six months in Southeast Iraq, undertaking humanitarian and reconstruction work alongside a United Kingdom engineering unit.

11 Defence Force personnel returning from Afghanistan have spent the past six months providing support to the new Afghanistan Government and assisting with the reconstruction of the Bamyan Province.

Returning Senior National Officers Colonel Neville Reilly (Afghanistan) and Lieutenant Colonel Steve Taylor (Iraq) will be available to speak to the media and answer questions about their respective missions.

For further information please contact Commander Sandra McKie, RNZN Defence Press Officer, Ph: (04) 4960299

Media

Media wishing to attend the welcome and/or interview the Senior National Officers are requested to register interest with Captain Brent Smith on (06) 351 9036 or (021) 409 033 prior to 4.30 pm on Wednesday March 10, 2004.

Event

Welcome home NZDF Teams from Iraq and Afghanistan. [images]
Time: 10.00 pm
Date: Thursday 11 March 2004
Location: RNZAF Base Ohakea
VIP Attendance: Prime Minister, Rt Hon Helen Clark, Minister of Defence, Hon Mark Burton, and Vice Chief of Defence Force, Air Vice-Marshal David Bamfield

Media will be met at the main entrance to RNZAF Base Ohakea at 9.30 pm and escorted to the Air Movements Terminal for the arrival.

For further information please contact Commander Sandra McKie, RNZN
Defence Press Officer, Ph: (04) 4960299

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