Australien — 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.”

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia