By Eoin Kelleher
A CASHEL man who works in construction has been awarded two of the Australian Defence Forces’ highest awards for his work in Afghanistan.
Michael Ryan has been presented with an unprecedented two Certificates of Appreciation by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF), most recently for his work in completing a J500k base in a remote region of Afghanistan, complete with undercover workshops, office space, and parking for 85 military vehicles.
Australia has some 1,500 personnel deployed in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Critical to this operation are construction projects undertaken in partnership with civilian contractors. A recently completed project, called Camp Holland, in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, could not have been possible without Michael Ryan, a native of Cashel.
According to recently published documents by the Australian Department of Defense, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contracted Michael - described as an “Irish National” - for the construction of the Mentoring Task Force Relocation (MTF) Project.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.