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THE Defence Support Group has
clarified information about the
awarding and wearing of foreign dec-
orations presented to ADF personnel
deployed on Operation Slipper.
They are the NATO Medal
with clasp "International Security
Assistance Force" and the Dutch
Medal of Peace.
In 2007, CDF accepted the offer
for award of the NATO medal and
clasp to ADF members who served in
Afghanistan from June 1, 2003, in sup-
port of the ISAF.
Since then, there have been a num-
ber of issues in the interpretation of the
eligibility criteria, particularly regard-
ing whether qualifying service is over
a single tour or multiple tours.
NATO have advised that the quali-
fying period for the medal is 30 days
of service which is continuous or accu-
mulated within the Afghanistan Area
of Operations (AAO) within a single
tour.Aircrew will accumulate one day's
service for the first sortie flown on any
day within the AAO and will need to
be in-theatre for the qualifying period
to become eligible. Any additional sor-
ties flown on the same day will receive
no further credit.
The Directorate of Honours and
Awards (DH&A) acknowledges that
this is an issue affecting ADF mem-
bers who cannot accumulate 30 days
over a single tour. However, as the
medal is a foreign award, DH&A does
not have any authority to determine
eligibility outside of these criteria.
The responsibility for the final
assessment, approval and issue of the
medal to eligible ADF members rests
with the Supreme Headquarters Allied
Powers Europe within NATO.
There have also been some issues
regarding the Dutch Medal of Peace
awarded by the Netherlands to select-
ed ADF personnel who served under
Dutch Command in Afghanistan.
Under Australian policy, only
one foreign award may be accept-
ed and worn for a single operation.
Consequently, as the NATO medal has
been accepted as the official foreign
award, members who have received the
Dutch medal may not formally wear it
with their other medals.
Members who have received it
may retain it but it will not be listed in
PMKeyS as a formal award. The gov-
ernment of the Netherlands is aware of
Finally, a directive has been made
that personnel are not to use any form
of transparent material to cover their
Further information can be obtained from
Helen Gouzvaris, Assistant Director Policy,
DH&A on (02) 6266 1051 or email
THE HMAS Anzac/Tobruk
Association will hold a national
reunion at Ettalong Beach in NSW
from October 20-23 to celebrate 60
years since the commissioning of
Anzac in 1951.
For more information contact the
association president John Golotta on
(03) 5978 7808 or email hm.anzac@
Order of Timor-Leste
presented to CDF
CDF ACM Angus Houston has been
formally recognised for his com-
mitment and support to East Timor
during his leadership of the ADF
On February 2, East Timorese
President Jose Ramos-Horta awarded
ACM Houston with the Medal of the
Order of Timor-Leste, the highest rec-
ognition that can be bestowed in East
Timor and intended to recognise indi-
viduals who have made a significant
contribution to East Timor and the
"I am deeply honoured to receive
this award and I commend the
Government of East Timor for its
leadership and commitment to ensur-
ing East Timor's continuing stability,"
ACM Houston said.
networks for the ADF
ENHANCEMENT of the ADF's
fixed telecommunications networks,
to be undertaken through Joint
Project 2047 Phase 3, will enhance
Defence's information and commu-
nications technology services.
Joint Project 2047 Phase 3 is cost-
capped between $300 million and
$500 million and a final decision on
approval for the project is expected in
The Defence telecommunica-
tions network includes 330 sites in
Australia supporting some 100,000
users in Australia and overseas. The
project will significantly improve net-
work performance and meet capability
requirements into the 2020s.
THE Government has agreed to
upgrade the Anzac-class frigates'
electronic support systems, through
Project Sea 1448 Phase 4A, as a
complementary capability within
the ongoing Anzac anti-ship mis-
sile defence program.
Project Sea 1448 Phase 4A is
cost-capped between $100 million
and $300 million. The Government
is expected to make a final decision
on approval for the project in 2012-
The electronic support system
upgrade will provide the Anzac-class
frigates with the ability to detect,
classify and locate the latest genera-
tion of maritime and aircraft radars,
as well as the latest anti-ship mis-
This upgrade will give the
Anzac-class frigates a greater level
of operational flexibility within the
rapidly increasing complexity of
modern radar systems. It will also
improve the ability of the frigates to
support the Navy's future Air Warfare
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