ADF representatives have continued to support peace on the Korean peninsula as part of the UN Command Military Armistice Commission.
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The Australian Defence Force has continued to maintain its commitment to peace on the Korean peninsula as part of the UN Command Armistice Commission, with a four person team working alongside the Demilitarised Zone to uphold the 2018 inter-Korean Comprehensive Military and Armistice Agreements.
Commander of Australia’s Operation Linesmen, Squadron Leader Tim Lowther contended that Australia has successfully invested in relationship building with the South Korean military, with a special mention to Signaller Elizabeth Barnes who is posted as the mission’s interpreter.
“Working directly with ROKA personnel, the team has built a reputation of being approachable, helpful and reliable,” Squadron Leader Lowther outlined.
“It has been this cooperative reputation that has enabled the observer team to effectively facilitate the ROKA mission whilst upholding the strict requirements of the armistice.”
According to Defence News, Signaller Barnes has enjoyed the difficult posting.
“Liaising with many elements and organisations has given me an appreciation of how complex the division of military responsibility is,” Barnes said.
“Each day comes with new discussions and being able to ensure that intentions are conveyed effectively has been the most challenging part of the job.”
Lieutenant Eren Ulusoy, who is posted as the second-in-command of the Australian contingent outlined how the deployment has made the soldier appreciate Korean culture.
“I am certainly grateful to be working alongside the ROKA. One can quickly see that they are a professional workforce who hold themselves to a high standard,” LT Ulusoy said.
“It has been enjoyable to interact with them on a daily basis. The soldiers on the ground have been enthusiastic in developing my understanding of Korea’s language and society. I will walk away from this experience with a newfound appreciation for Korean culture.
“I count myself lucky for the opportunity to work in a tri-service team within the wider umbrella of the United Nations Command. It has been a fantastic learning experience to get exposure from so many different elements within the multinational and multi-service environment.”
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