Governor-General General (retd) David Hurley recently took time out from his official schedule during his visit to the Middle East to meet Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed to Camp Baird.

General Hurley was accompanied by the Australian ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Heidi Venamore and Acting Chief of Joint Capabilities Rear Admiral Ian Murray.

They met the deployed Australian personnel in Camp Baird's C130 Hangar, which was then named ‘Hurley’s Hangar’ to acknowledge General Hurley’s work during his time in the ADF to improve the working conditions of personnel who had been operating in extreme temperatures.

During his appointments as chief of joint operations and vice chief of the Defence Force, General Hurley oversaw the approval and construction of the hangar in Australia’s main support base in the Middle East region. 

The building has been essential in sustaining the ADF’s critical air transport capability for Australian operations in the region. 

Commander Headquarters Middle East, Colonel Colin Blyth, gave General Hurley an overview of current operations and General Hurley than chatted with the gathered Australian personnel.

Colonel Blyth thanked the Governor-General for his long and distinguished public service. 

“His Excellency’s service in Defence and as Governor-General has been characterised by his inspirational leadership and drive to improve the capability employed by service personnel,” Colonel Blyth said.

“Hurley’s Hanger is one small reminder of the difference he has made.”

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