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Change Of Command In Timor-Leste

CPA 285/06 Monday, 30 October 2006

Change Of Command In Timor-Leste

The Command of the Joint Task Force operating in Timor-Leste has changed hands. Brigadier Mick Slater returned to Australia on Thursday 26 October, after handing command to Brigadier Mal Rerden.

The Chief of Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston praised the efforts of Brigadier Slater.

“Brigadier Slater deployed into Timor-Leste with the lead troops in May this year. His leadership of the Joint Task Force was outstanding. His skilful management of the complex situation that faced our personnel has been instrumental in helping Timor-Leste find the path to peace and stability and provide real hope for the future oῦ this young nation.

“Brigadier Slater is an outstanding officer who uses a no-nonsense command style. Australia can be proud of the contribution that he and the Joint Task Force that he led, have made.

“Clearly there will be continuing challenges in Timor-Leste. Brigadier Slater has now handed over command of the Joint Task Force to Brigadier Mal Rerden, who will build upon Brigadier Slater’s excellent work.

“The ADF will continue to support the people of Timor-Leste as a professional and neutral force.”

Note to editors: Brigadier Slater is not available for interviews as he is spending time with his family.

A biography of Brigadier Rerden is available at


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