Members of Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 who served in Rwanda on Operation Tamar have been recognised with the award of a Meritorious Unit Citation. By Louis Dillon




Seven hundred Australian Defence Force personnel were deployed as part of Operation Tamar, Australia's contribution to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda, in which they provided medical support and security for the medics.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said from 1994 to 1996 it is estimated that more than 800,000 innocent civilians were killed in Rwanda by armed militias and trained military forces, attracting worldwide attention and condemnation.

« The men and women of Australian Service Contingents 1 and 2 demonstrated extraordinary courage, discipline and compassion in the performance of their duties and on behalf of their country we recognise their meritorious service, » Minister Chester said.

Governor-General David Hurley, AC, DSC, gazetted the award of the Meritorious Unit Citation on 25 July, the 24th anniversary of Australian Service Contingent 1 arriving in Rwanda.

To be eligible to wear the citation insignia with the Federation Star, members must have completed 30 days service on Operation Tamar between the dates of 25 July 1994 and 8 March 1996.