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Military Support to Community Building

The guest speaker at Sydney Rotary Club on Tuesday 12th December will be Lt Col Richard Watson who earlier this year returned from his appointment as the Defence Adviser South West Pacific, accredited to Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Marshall Islands.

During this posting he coordinated Defence support to disaster relief, military and police training, and security planning across the Pacific region. His specific topic RAMSI (Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands) concluded after 14 years involvement of Australian and NZ Defence, Police and Aid Agency work to stabilise and re-build the Solomon Islands government and economy after their civil uprisings in 2003. 

Richard is also a veteran with operational service in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has recently been selected as the Defence Attaché to Dili and will undertake language training in Portuguese in 2018.

Richard was born and raised in country New South Wales and has two sons and a daughter.


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