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January 31, 2013
AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS LIST 2013
Medal of the Order of
Australia -- Military
WGCDR Rudy Darvill
For meritorious service in leadership,
development and sustainment of
the Maritime Intelligence, Surveil-
lance Reconnaissance and Response
WGCDR Darvill's exceptional
service at 92WG has been instrumen-
tal in the successful development and
sustainment of Maritime Intelligence,
Surveillance Reconnaissance and
WOFF Russell Kennedy
For meritorious service in reserve
training development and man-
agement within Director General
Reserves -- Air Force Branch.
WOFF Kennedy is an outstanding
airman who has demonstrated self-
less dedication and loyalty.
SQNLDR Ravinder Singh
For meritorious service in airlift capa-
SQNLDR Singh is an outstanding
officer who displayed selfless dedica-
tion, inspirational leadership and
boundless energy and enthusiasm in
raising project technical airworthi-
ness management standards.
He has contributed to the safe
and effective delivery of new and
For acts of gallantry in action.
Bar to the Conspicuous
(CSC and Bar)
GPCAPT Christopher Hanna
For outstanding devotion to duty
to the ADF as a Legal Officer in Air
GPCAPT Hanna's exceptional com-
mitment has significantly contributed
to the improved delivery of legal
effect for the whole of the ADF.
Over a sustained period of high
operational tempo, his dedication,
leadership and judgement have
been instrumental to the successful
provision of legal support to Defence
WGCDR David Abraham
For outstanding achievement in F-111
weapon system logistic support.
WGCDR Abraham is an excep-
tional officer who has displayed
professional excellence, inspirational
leadership and initiative, and out-
standing dedication to duty in highly
challenging and demanding situations
in logistic support and disposal.
GPCAPT Peter Davies
For outstanding achievement as CO
GPCAPT Davies has been instru-
mental in expanding the operational
utility of the over-the-horizon radars
in strategically significant ways, while
also delivering considerable projected
savings to Defence.
GPCAPT Jennifer Lumsden
For outstanding achievement as Chief
of Staff, Director General Health Re-
serves -- Air Force and in developing
the Military Critical Care Aeromedical
GPCAPT Lumsden is an excep-
tional officer who has demonstrated
superior commitment and initiative
over the past decade in the develop-
ment of Air Force health capability.
WGCDR Paul Parolo
For outstanding achievement in aero-
WGCDR Parolo has made an
outstanding contribution to the
aerospace engineering and logistic
support capability through a succes-
sion of demanding posts.
He is an exceptional officer who
displays professional excellence and
inspirational leadership qualities in
extremely challenging situations.
SGT Andrew Wade
For outstanding achievement as the
senior NCO in charge of Engine Cell
at 37SQN. SGT Wade successfully
planned, initiated and managed the
Engine Health Management System,
Engine Watch List and Propeller Bal-
ancing System for AE2100 engines in
support of the C-130J Hercules fleet,
delivering sustainment savings and
significant increases in engine reli-
ability and enhancing airlift capability
in support of operations.
SQNLDR Daniel Grealy
For meritorious achievement as XO
SQNLDR Grealy is an excep-
tional officer who has demonstrated
outstanding professional mastery,
leadership and dedication to duty.
His contributions have been
instrumental to the successful
introduction into service of the Super
GPCAPT Ross Jones
For meritorious achievement as CO
GPCAPT Jones transformed the
culture within 1RTU from one of ac-
cepting the norm to one of continu-
ally challenging the way business is
In doing so, significant savings
and improvements in effectiveness
and efficiency are being realised.
WOFF Edward O'Farrell
For meritorious achievement as the
warrant officer in charge of the As-
sisted Learning Centre at the RAAF
School of Technical Training.
WOFF O'Farrell displayed excellent
leadership, expertise and dedication
in establishing and developing the
His efforts have improved the
welfare, motivation and academic
achievements of students.
SQNLDR Sheena Oldridge
For meritorious achievement as the
Emerging Projects Development
Engineer in Guided Weapons Branch,
Explosive Ordnance Division.
SQNLDR Oldridge is an exemplary
officer who displays an outstanding
level of professionalism, initiative and
WOFF Jason Stone
For meritorious achievement as WOFF
Engineering at 1SQN.
WOFF Stone's exceptional plan-
ning, management and supervision
ensured that the establishment and
training of the Super Hornet technical
workforce was exemplary.
His dedication and professional-
ism fostered the development of
a healthy workforce culture and
ensured the technical workforce was
able to support the introduction of the
Super Hornet into service.
LCDR Andrew Stackpool
and LEUT Ryan Zerbe
TOP End Defence personnel were
among the first to be awarded the new
Operational Service Medal -- Border
Protection (OSM-BP) for their efforts
with Australia's maritime border secu-
rity under Operations Relex I, Relex II
CN VADM Ray Griggs and
Defence Science and Personnel
Minister Warren Snowdon present-
ed 43 current and former members
of the patrol boat force with their
OSM in front of invited VIP, families
and friends at a special ceremony in
Darwin on December 12.
On parade were 37 Navy and six
Air Force personnel.
The OSM-BP is the first of its kind
and recognises Defence members
involved in all areas of border protec-
tion since 1997.
Mr Snowdon said it was a sig-
nificant event for thousands of ADF
personnel who had been protecting
Australian sovereignty under challeng-
ing conditions for a number of years.
"This award provides worthy
and just recognition for all of those
involved in border protection opera-
tions," Mr Snowdon said.
Orion pilot FLTLT Nathan Bunt, of
10SQN, was among the few selected
for the initial ceremony, and was both
excited and proud to gain some rec-
ognition for the many months spent
scouring the seas over the past decade.
"The medal means a lot to us as
we've all put in a lot of time and effort
over the past 10 years so I feel it is
definitely justified and I'm proud,"
FLTLT Bunt said.
"I first went up to Darwin in 2001
for the three-week deployment and
have been on average at least three
times each year since.
"We spend a lot of time away from
family and friends and home and I
have missed many milestones, birth-
days and anniversaries so part of this
Important role recognised
recognition goes to my wife and two
daughters for all their support."
FLTLT Bunt said the deployments
meant long tiring days flying for 10
hours, let alone the pre- and post-flight
The OSM was gazetted last July
and will replace the Australian Active
Service Medal and Australian Service
Medal for all future operations.
Although personnel who have
served on Operations Relex I, Relex II
and Resolute were among the first to
receive the OSM-BP medal, personnel
who served on border protection oper-
ations dating back to 1997 will also be
included as part of a rolling process.
They are Operations Cranberry,
Dirk, Stanhope, Mistral, Teebone,
Celesta, Sutton and Gemsbok.
The OSM will be awarded to all
personnel who were deployed or force
assigned to the declared operation for
a total period of not less than 30 days
or who completed 30 sorties from a
unit assigned to a declared operation,
at no more than one sortie a day.
In addition to the OSM, person-
nel will be awarded the Operational
Service Badge, which is worn on civil-
It is issued along the same guide-
lines as the Returned from Active
Service badge, as recognition of those
personnel who have rendered opera-
Application forms for the OSM-BP (AE
376) can be downloaded from the
Directorate of Honours and Awards web-
site at http://www.defence.gov.au/med-
als/ or from the DRN intranet Webforms
WITH PRIDE: Above, from left, LEUT James Bandreth, FLTLT Nathan Bunt, LEUT Sara Mooney,
LEUT Gregory Wickens and WOFF Paul Gregory stand proud after receiving their OSMs at HMAS
Coonawarra. Inset, the new medal features a ribbon with a central ochre stripe flanked by one blue and
one green stripe.
Photos: LS Helen Frank and LS Jo Dilorenzo
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