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Army September 17, 2009
The following personnel have received commendations
in recent months for exemplary service on operations:
WO2 Anthony Griffith, ADF Gold Commendation
(approved by CJOPS), for tireless and superior perform-
ance in carrying out his responsibilities as the SSM Rotary
Wing Group on Op Slipper in Afghanistan in 2008.
Maj David Ferry, ADF Bronze Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for noteworthy performance
in carrying out his duties and responsibilities as the
Operations Officer CTF 635.
WO2 Robert Goodman, ADF Gold Commendation
(approved by CJOPS), for outstanding achievement in
leadership and devotion to duty as the Catering Specialist
Master Chef of dining facilities of HQ ISAF -- Afghanistan
during his deployment on Op Slipper in 2008.
Lt-Col Matthew Galton, ADF Silver Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for his performance as the SO1
Global Operations within Operations Branch, HQ Joint
Sgt Damien Gunby, ADF Bronze Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for superior performance in carry-
ing out his responsibilities as Platoon Sergeant and acting
Operations Warrant Officer at JMCO Townsville.
WO2 Linda Mol, ADF Silver Commendation (approved
by DCJOPS), for exemplary performance as acting
Operations Warrant Officer JMCO Adelaide and her
provision of movement support to extant operations and
Capt Susan Field, 10 FSB, ADF Bronze
Commendation (approved by DCJOPS), for exemplary
performance as the Movements, Distribution and Supply
Desk Officer in support of JTF 631 on Op Astute.
Cpl Virginia Koster, ADF Bronze Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for superior performance of duty
as the JTF Investigator -- Op Astute from September 2008
to March 2009.
Cpl Steven Foulds, ADF Bronze Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for noteworthy achievements and
devotion to duty as a current intelligence watch keeper for
Cpl Rohan Little, ADF Bronze Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for noteworthy achievement as
the movements clerk, TLBG 5.
Spr Brenton Neill, ADF Silver Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for excellent achievements and
devotion to duty as a member of Engineer Tp, TLBG 5.
Sgt Lisa Roberts, ADF Silver Commendation
(approved by DCJOPS), for excellent performance as the
Orderly Room Sergeant for TLBG 5.
Commended for service
CA LT-GEN Ken Gillespie and
RSM-A WO Stephen Ward
received a soldiers' five on
1 Armd Regt during a recent visit
to Robertson Barracks.
The regiment highlighted the
capability of the Abrams tank. The
level of preparedness at the unit was
demonstrated during participation in
combined-arms activities with other
1 Bde units.
The CA and RSM-A were shown
the Advanced Gunnery Training
System (AGTS) and the advantages
of using simulation systems were
CO 1 Armd Regt Lt-Col David
Graham said the AGTS provided
"The benefits of AGTS in terms
of resource savings and maintenance
of high-level crew gunnery stand-
ards are substantial," he said.
"The system provides realistic
training that is readily transferable
to the turret without having to rely
on live-fire exercises."
Crews using the system can be
trained in the full spectrum of the
tank's fighting capability.
The unit's tank crews are test-
ing their skills in 1 Bde's live-
fire manoeuvre activity, Exercise
Predators Gallop 2009.
By Kloe Croker
TIME is running out for Army
nominations for the Order of
Australia appointments and awards,
and Conspicuous Service Decorations
for next year's Queen's Birthday
Commanders have until October 31
to nominate individuals for exemplary
service to the ADF.
DGPers-A Brig Gerard Fogarty said
awards were a means of formally recog-
nising high achievement.
He said he was happy with the quality
and number of submissions for the Order
of Australia and Conspicuous Service
Decorations but was concerned about the
lack of nominations for junior ranks and
"When the Army Honours and
Awards Board convened in December
2008 to consider nominations for the
2009 Queen's Birthday List, only one
junior soldier and six reservists were
among the 55 nominations considered,"
Brig Fogarty said.
"We want to see these figures
increased. There are many outstanding
individuals, both in the ARA and ARes,
who meet all the requirements for these
awards and commanders need to be
putting their names forward."
The Order of Australia is usually lim-
ited to recognising exceptional and dis-
tinguished achievements or meritorious
service over several postings.
Nominated personnel should display
significant personal dedication resulting
in long-lasting benefits for the ADF.
Conspicuous Service Decorations
allow for recognition of outstanding per-
formance, meritorious achievement or
devotion to duty in a particular posting
or activity by ADF members.
The Army also has a hierarchically
When are nominations due?
DH&A call for nominations in the Australia
Day and Queen's Birthday Honours List in
March and August each year.
Nominations for the next round of Honours
List is for the Queen's Birthday 2010 and are
due at DH&A by October 31.
Nominations for Commendations for Service
can be submitted any time during the year.
Who can be nominated?
Order of Australia: Members of the ADF
and former members whose service has
ceased for not more than one year.
Conspicuous Service Decorations:
Members of the ADF and other persons
determined by the Minister.
Commendations: Any member of the ADF,
civilian employees, foreign-service person-
nel and civilians on loan or exchange and
others, either individually or collectively, at
the discretion of the awarding authority.
Who can nominate?
All ADF commanders and APS employees.
HUNDREDS of dedicated sol-
diers around the country gave
their time to support the fami-
lies of deceased service person-
nel by selling badges during
Bryce launched the Legacy
Week Appeal at the Cenotaph
at Sydney's Martin Place on
The event gave ADF badge
sellers the opportunity to make
a direct sales pitch to CDF ACM
Angus Houston and Commander
Forcomd Maj-Gen David
The launch included the lay-
ing of wreaths in the memory
of Australian soldiers who gave
their lives in the defence of the
Among the many wreath lay-
ers was Bree Till, the widow of
Sgt Brett Till, who was killed
on operations in Afghanistan on
Junior Legatee Blair
Whittaker, the son of a Vietnam
veteran, emphasised the immense
value of the support Legacy pro-
vided to the families of deceased
service personnel in an address to
He said the support was vital
to the welfare of his family, who
initially struggled emotionally
and financially after the loss of
based system that awards gold, silver
or bronze commendations based on the
merit of a service or act.
A commendation can be awarded
either for isolated acts or for service over
a period of time. Personnel can be nomi-
nated for commendations at any time of
"We have a workforce which strives
to achieve the best result at all times.
There seems to be a large number of
Army members who are going unnoticed
for their efforts," Brig Fogarty said.
"We need to be giving these people
the recognition they deserve and the
Army commendation system is another
way of recognising people's outstanding
Skills test: WO2 Robert Lewis, 1 Armd Regt, gives RSM-A WO Stephen Ward a lesson on the Advanced
Gunnery Training System.
Photo by LCpl Shapiro Lwin
A rundown on readiness
Badges of honour
March of time: 176 AD Sqn
members form a guard at Sydney's
Legacy remembrance service.
Photo by AB Andrew Black
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