Middle East Commander Visits Wounded Soldiers In Germany

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Issued by Ministerial Support and Public Affairs, Department of Defence, Canberra, ACT

Phone: 02 6127 1999, Fax: 02 6265 1545

MSPA 263/10

Monday, 28 June 2010

Middle East Commander visits wounded soldiers in Germany

The Commander and Regimental Sergeant Major of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633

have visited seven Australian commandos who continue to receive treatment for

wounds they sustained in a helicopter crash on June 21.

Major General John Cantwell and Warrant Officer Class One Don Spinks made the

flight into Germany over the weekend to see the soldiers in the US Army’s Landstuhl

Regional Medical Center and pass on their best wishes.

Major General Cantwell said the soldiers were receiving first-class care from a team

of very experienced and well-resourced medical staff at the facility.

“The latest medical assessment confirms two soldiers remain in a critical condition

with very serious injuries, with the other five in a satisfactory condition,” Major

General Cantwell said.

“The wounded soldiers still have a long way to go given they were involved in a very

serious helicopter crash but they have received excellent care in Afghanistan and here

in Germany.”

Major General Cantwell and Warrant Officer Class One Spinks also took the

opportunity to speak with families of the wounded soldiers who had been moved to

Germany to be with their loved ones.

“It has been a really tough week for the families and I assured them that the thoughts

of the entire ADF family are with them. I know they are confident we are doing

everything we can to assist the soldiers,” Major General Cantwell said.

“As the Commander I consider the care and welfare of these families part of my

responsibility and I’m doing everything I can to ensure that they are being looked

after as well.”

Media contact: Defence Media Liaison: (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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