Certificate of Appreciation for Operation Bushfire Assist

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It was the biggest call out of the part time (reserve) of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since World War II. As the 2019/2020 bushfires took hold ADF Chaplains were called upon to assist in the ministry of both the members of the ADF and the wider community as they sought to come to terms with the devastation and impacts of the bushfires.

The work carried out during this time has been acknowledged by the Commander of Joint Operations and the Director General Chaplaincy (Joint Operations) of the ADF, by the awarding of a Certificate of Appreciation presented to the Uniting Church of South Australia, commending the church for its service in support of Operation Bushfire Assist 2019/20.

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A special mention to two highly valued ministers, Rev David Prior and Mark Dickens, who were a members of JTF 1111 on Operation Bushfire Assist 2019/20.

'It was a privilege to provide a Uniting Church army chaplains presence amongst the trauma and challenges that were the bushfires.' Rev David Prior

'It was a humbling experience to have been involved in providing support on Kangaroo Island at the beginning of the year. ' Rev Mark Dickens

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