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Medics get top honours
Three Army medics have received awards for their work in the field from Governor-General Quentin Bryce.
Cpl Max Bree
MEDICS Capt Stacey Austin,
Sgt Damien Silva and Cpl Casey
Bone travelled to Canberra to
be awarded three of the Royal
Australian Medical Corps'
most prestigious accolades by
Bryce at Government House on
Cpl Bone seemed lost
for words when she received
a Representative Honorary
Colonel's Certificate from Ms
Bryce, a woman she had looked
up to since first seeing her sworn
into her vice-regal position.
"I'd always admired the
Governor-General so I'm a bit
overwhelmed by meeting her," Cpl
She received her award for
services to the Medical Corps that
were "above the call of duty", but
Cpl Bone was at a loss to explain
why she had qualified.
"I honestly don't think I've
done anything out of the ordinary
to get it," she said.
However, Cpl Bone's boss at
8 Close Health Coy, Capt Stacy
Austin, saw things differently.
"Case is one of our best per-
forming junior NCOs," Capt
Austin said. "She continues to
set the example not only as an
outstanding junior NCO but as a
"During Exercise Hamel she
volunteered for any task and did
her job to the best of her abilities
"She mentors the juniors and
sets an excellent example for
When Sgt Damien Silva was
summoned to the Army Learning
Training Centre CO's office he
feared the worst.
"The CO actually called me
into her office and I was under the
impression that I might have done
something wrong," he laughed.
"But then she informed me I was
getting the C.F. Marks medal."
Sgt Silva was credited with
single-handily drafting and pro-
ducing an Army Care of Battle
Casualty Aide Memoire used to
train Special Forces units deploy-
ing to the Middle East.
Despite the vice-regal acco-
lade, Sgt Silva was reluctant to
take much of the credit for his
"It was a full team effort -- it
wasn't just myself," he said. "I
was just part of a team.
"It's really humbling. And [the
Governor-General] is a lovely
lady, so it's quite nice to meet her
The award is named after Col
Charles Ferdinand Marks, a WWII
medic who rose to become Deputy
Director of Medical Services at
HQ Northern Command. It is
awarded to a Medical Corps NCO
for an outstanding individual
effort where the Corps has bene-
fited. Recipients of the award also
receive a cash prize of $500.
As Army medics were being
removed from unit control and
centralised at 1CHB, not all com-
manders were happy with the
Capt Stacey Austin, 8 Close
Health Coy's Operations Officer,
discovered this first-hand as she
allocated medical staff to different
units in preparation for Ex Hamel.
"I went toe-to-toe with a few
higher ranking individuals," she
said. "Not all of the COs and
OPSOs were in support of the
restructure. It took a little bit of
Capt Austin's convincing paid
off and the units were brought on-
side before the first major shake-
out under the Medical Corps
For her hard work, Capt Austin
was given the Medical Corps'
prestigious Geoffrey Harkness
Award for "defusing, enabling
and encouraging 1 Bde units to
embrace the restructure".
The award is named after Col
Geoffrey Harkness, who served
as a regimental medical officer
in New Guinea during WWII
and went on to serve 14 years as
the Deputy Director General of
Medical Services at Army HQ.
He was credited with the strong
support the corps received from
the civilian medical profession.
To qualify for the award, a
member must contribute to the
Medical Corps in an outstanding
Following the presentation of
the awards, Capt Austin had a long
chat with the Governor-General.
"It's a very humbling experi-
ence. She's a very prominent
female and has achieved a lot in
her lifetime," she said.
High achievers: Cpl Casey Bone, Sgt Damien Silva and Capt Stacey Austin with the Governor-General Quentin Bryce after receiving their awards.
Photo by Cpl Max Bree"
Case is one of our
junior NCOs. She
continues to set
not only as an
junior NCO but as
-- Capt Stacy Austin,
supervisor of Cpl Casey Bone
It was a full team
effort -- it wasn't
just myself. I was
just part of a
-- Sgt Damien Silva,
awarded the C.F. Marks medal
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