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Army February 3, 2011
By LCpl Mark Doran
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie headed
this year's list of Army recipients of
Australian Day Honours.
Lt-Gen Gillespie -- who celebrated
his 44th year of service on January 15
-- was awarded the Companion (AC) in
the Military Division of the Order of
Australia for his efforts as Vice Chief
of the Defence Force, Chief of Joint
Operations and Chief of Army.
"I would like to take the opportunity
to thank those that I have served under,
served beside and those that have served
under me during my 44 years of ser-
vice," he said.
"It's an important privilege to have
been tasked with leading the awesome
institution that is the Australian Army."
Other award recipients included
Spr James Barry, 3CER, who received
a Commendation for Distinguished
Service for his performance of duty as
a combat engineer in Mentoring and
Reconstruction Task Force (MRTF) 2 on
Operation Slipper in 2009.
Spr Barry was thrown from a
Bushmaster when it hit an IED.
"After he regained consciousness, he
displayed selflessness and physical cour-
age when he immediately moved back to
the vehicle and discovered two soldiers
with serious injuries," the citation states.
"Without direction, he triaged and
treated both casualties and, when the
evacuation helicopter arrived, he assisted
with their evacuation."
Spr Barry said his actions were the
culmination of all his training and drills.
He said the award "will give me a
reason to hold my head high".
"It also brings some credit and recog-
nition to the engineers and the corps, as
a lot of guys have done a lot of work and
the work we did was very dangerous,"
Cpl Jacqui De Gelder -- whose
brother Paul, a navy clearance diver,
lost his hand and part of a leg in a shark
attack in Sydney Harbour -- received
a Commendation for Distinguished
Service for her medical skills, courage
and selflessness on Operation Slipper
in Afghanistan. She attended multiple
incidents involving seriously wounded
Australians, Afghan National Army per-
sonnel and locals.
"On two separate occasions Cpl De
Gelder provided life- and limb-saving
medical care to multiple casualties using
her superior skills and knowledge to pre-
vent haemorrhage and further decline,"
her citation reads.
A Commendation for Gallantry
in action was awarded to 1RAR's Pte
Marley Bird, a rifleman and acting sec-
tion 2IC with MRTF 2 from July 2009 to
Pte Bird consistently displayed cour-
age, dedication and tenacity in the face
of persistent pressure from a resourceful
enemy in the Mirabad Valley.
"He demonstrated leadership and ini-
tiative under fire on numerous occasions
and his actions were a source of inspi-
ration for other soldiers," his citation
states. "His ability to consider stress-
ful situations clearly and to determine
viable options to deal with the threat has
greatly assisted his platoon to take the
advantage from the insurgents."
Last year's Hassett Award, Cpl
Joshua Raward, 1RAR, was also award-
ed the Commendation for Distinguished
Service with MRTF 2 for his perfor-
mance of duty in warlike operations and
in action while a security section 2IC
and section commander.
Cpl Raward led his section with dis-
tinction, providing mentoring and train-
ing for Afghan Army personnel and
demonstrating leadership on operations.
"Following an explosion which
injured an Afghan soldier, he remained
calm, secured his troops and delivered
first aid to the injured soldier," the cita-
On another occasion Cpl Raward was
seriously injured by an IED.
"He calmly extracted himself from
the situation and, at the time and on
return to full duties, he inspired others
by his courage, toughness and profes-
Full Honours List on page 20
Life saver: Cpl Jacqui De Gelder provides medical help to Afghan children with help from an interpreter
while on patrol.
Photo by Cpl Rachel Ingram
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