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The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Welcomes the Award of the Meritorious Unit Citation to the Force Communications Unit
26 January 2014

The announcement of a Meritorious Unit Citation to the Force Communications Unit (Cambodia 1992) in the Australia Day Honours 2014 is welcome recognition of the fine record of Australian Peacekeepers, the Chairman of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project said today.

“The Force Communications Unit (FCU), deployed to Cambodia in March 1992, was Australia’s main contribution to the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC),” said Major General (Retired) Tim Ford

Comprised of sailors, soldiers, airmen and women of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces, FCU was initially tasked to provide communications between the components of UNTAC, the Cambodian Supreme National Council and the military headquarters of the four political factions.

Major General Ford said the task of the FCU expanded to include the installation of a technically sophisticated and geographically extensive communications network linking 21 provinces of Cambodia to the government in Phnom Penh.

“The installation of the network was achieved as a result of the outstanding dedication and commitment of FCU members, working under exceptionally difficult circumstances,” Major General Ford said.

Major General Ford said the FCU was highly regarded throughout Cambodia for its achievements and contribution to the peace process, and received many laudatory commendations from United Nations, national and international leaders.

“After many years, the peacekeeping role of this unit has been recognised by this nation.”

The Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Committee is working to build a national memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra to recognise Australia’s contribution to international peacekeeping operations.

“Recognition of the Meritorious Unit Citation for the Force Communication Unit is an important step towards recognising the significant role of Australian Peacekeepers and we are seeking public, corporate and government support to create the National Peacekeeping Memorial in Canberra,” said the Chair, Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project Major General Tim Ford AO (Ret’d).

Major General Ford said the completion of the planned National Peacekeeping Memorial in Canberra would provide a substantial point of commemoration around Australia’s enduring but often overlooked peacekeeping missions over the last 67 years.

CONTACT:    Major-General Tim Ford (Ret’d) 0408 029 295