Sending Office: Honorable Joe Courtney
On July 4, 1918, American and Australian troops first fought alongside one another, in the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in World War I. The force was commanded by Australian general Sir John Monash; the Allies achieved their objectives in 93 minutes,
and repelled a German counterattack later that night. The combined arms tactics demonstrated at Hamel were employed on a larger scale at the pivotal Battle of Amiens, and proved a major factor toward the Allies’ ultimate victory.
Australia has fought together with the United States in every major conflict since 1918, and this month marks the 100-year anniversary of this unique bond of ‘Mateship.’ The 1951 ANZUS Treaty formalized this security alliance; the two countries share vital
intelligence data through the Five Eyes collaborative and approximately 1,500 U.S. Marines are currently deployed to Marine Rotational Force – Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. The annual Australian American Leadership Dialogue was hosted here in Washington,
DC last week, and next week the U.S. Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State will meet with their Australian counterparts in the recurring Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN).
Please join the co-chairs of the House Friends of Australia Caucus, Congressmen Mike Gallagher and Joe Courtney, in cosponsoring a concurrent resolution honoring these 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship. The U.S. Senate passed
S.Con.Res.41 on July 10, and similar language will soon be introduced in the House of Representatives.
Deadline for original cosponsorship is today, July 17, at 4:00 pm. Thank you for your consideration, and for supporting this bond of Mateship!
MIKE GALLAGHER JOE COURTNEY
Member of Congress Member of Congress
e-Dear Colleague version 2.0