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Maj Ian Toohill
WHEN WO2 Craig Duncan joined the reserves 31
years ago, he never expected it would earn him an
Order of Australia Medal (OAM).
It came as a shock when he received notification
that he had been nominated by 4 Bde Commander
Brig Robert Marsh for the award.
"I was flabbergasted and humbled and even more
so when I actually received it on Australia Day,"
WO2 Duncan said.
He was awarded the OAM for meritorious service
to the 4 Bde Reserve Response Force (4RRF) over
the past 10 years and has been its CSM since 2007.
The award recognised in particular his significant
role as part of Operations Vic Fires Assist in February
2009 and Vic Flood Assist in January last year.
Duncan on the award
and said it was well-
of the dedication he
had shown to 4RRF.
"He has assisted
with the training of
over 500 soldiers of
2 Div in gaining their
Brig Marsh said.
WO2 Duncan said
his OAM recognised
all RRF members
and other trained
specialists who were
involved in the initial
response to the Black
Saturday fires in
Victoria in February
"My time with the RRF has been very much a
team effort," he said. "All the ADF members I have
worked with during the recent disaster relief efforts
have been extremely professional and dedicated sol-
diers and a pleasure to work with."
In his civilian life, WO2 Duncan works as a pro-
ject manager for a large company where he has been
employed since 1984.
"I receive excellent support from my employer.
For example, when I was involved in the 2009 fires
my employer said 'take as long as you need' and I
was on special paid leave for about a month," he said.
Contribution: WO2 Craig
Duncan received an
OAM in recognition of his
efforts as CSM 4RRF in
'Just doing my job'
Cpl Max Bree
SMOKE billowed from the
brakes of an Army semi-trailer
heading down the Toowoomba
range in 2010.
Unable to stop, the third truck
in a convoy of three Army semis
hit the middle vehicle, causing it
clip the first truck.
In the lead vehicle, Cpl (then-
Pte) Brenton Edwards got on the
radio and told the truck in dis-
tress to run into the back of him.
"My truck was already damaged
so there was no harm in getting
damaged again," he said "And my
truck was already in a low gear for
going down the range."
The runaway truck slammed
into the back of Cpl Edwards's
semi-trailer, sent debris flying
across the Warrego Highway and
jammed its bull bar into the back
of the semi trailer.
Cpl Edwards slowed down
and guided the other truck off the
"We'd gone past the emergen-
cy stopping bay ... so I don't know
what would have stopped him."
Aside from the damaged
brakes, the runaway truck's
bull bar collected the radiator
and smashed it back against the
For his actions on March
20, 2010, Cpl Edwards was
announced as the recipient of a
Commendation for Brave Conduct
as part of the Australian Bravery
Awards on March 19.
But Cpl Edwards, now a driv-
ing instructor at the Army School
of Transport in Puckapunyal, was
keen to play down the award.
"It came as a surprise; I didn't
really see it as a big deal but
someone must have.
"I was just driving my truck,
just doing my job -- I think anyone
would have done the same."
Truckie receives bravery commendation for averting potential disaster
Fast mover: Cpl Brenton Edwards, pictured here with the Team Army support truck at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, has
received a bravery commendation for using his vehicle to slow a runaway semi-trailer while heading down the Toowoomba range.
Photo by Sgt Andrew Hetherington
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