The Governor-General and Chief of the Defence Force have visited Australian Defence Force members serving in the Middle East region.

Governor-General General (retd) David Hurley and General Angus Campbell visited Iraq and Afghanistan to thank members for their service to Australia.

General Campbell said that in addition to thanking the service men and women, he also wanted to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution they were making to improving security.

“The ADF has been successfully helping Iraq rebuild their security forces," General Campbell said.

“And proof of this is demonstrated by the fact they are now able to run the School of Infantry Non-Commission Officer II training establishment with greatly reduced support from us."

General Campbell said the security situation in Iraq was still improving, but the increased professionalism of the Iraqi soldiers graduating from SINCO II was testament to the successful efforts of previous Task Group Taji rotations.

During the visit, the Governor-General and General Campbell spent time interacting with troops and in Iraq promoted Chaplain Ricky Su from Captain to Major.

“Being promoted by the Governor-General on deployment was fantastic but even more memorable, as I was told this was the first promotion his Excellency had conducted in his current role,” Chaplain Su said.