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Victoria Cross


VICTORIA CROSS FOR AUSTRALIA

The Victoria Cross is awarded for the most conspicuous gallantry, or a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the face of the enemy.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'VC'.

 

SASR Recipients

Trooper Mark Gregor Strang DONALDSON
Afghanistan - 18 June 2002

Corporal Benjamin ROBERTS-SMITH, MG
Afghanistan - 11 June 2010

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Star of Gallantry


STAR OF GALLANTRY

The Star of Gallantry is awarded for acts of great heroism or conspicuous gallantry in action in circumstances of great peril

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'SG'.

 

SASR Recipients

Afghanistan - 2

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STAR OF COURAGE

The Star of Courage is awarded only for acts of conspicuous couage in circumstances of extreme peril to recognise acts of bravery in other than warlike situations.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'SC'.

 

SASR Recipients

High Range Townsville, Queensland - 2

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded for distinguished command and leadership in action.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'DSC'.

 

SASR Recipients

East Timor - 1
Iraq - 2
Afghanistan - 10
Bar to DSC - Afghanistan - 1

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MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

The Member of the Order of Australia is awarded for exceptional service or performance of duty.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'AM'.

 

SASR Recipients

For service to SASR - 8

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MOB


MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRISTISH EMPIRE

The Member of the Order of the British Empire is awarded for valuable and useful service to the Empire.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'MBE'.

 

SASR Recipients

For service to SASR - 2

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CSC


CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS

The Conspicuous Service Cross is awarded for outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'CSC'.

 

SASR Recipients

High Range Townsville, Queensland - 1
For service to SASR - 2

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NSC


NURSING SERVICE CROSS

The Nursing Service Cross is awarded for outstanding performance of Defence Force nursing duties in both operational and non-operational situations.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'NSC'.

 

SASR Recipients

Afghanistan - 1

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MILITARY CROSS

The Military Cross is awarded for gallant and distinguished service in action.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'MC'.

 

SASR Recipients

Vietnam - 4

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MEDAL FOR GALLANTRY

The Medal for Gallantry is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters MG'.

 

SASR Recipients

Vietnam - 1
East Timor - 1
Rwanda - 1
Iraq - 1
Afghanistan - 10
Afghanistan (posthumous) - 1

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BRAVERY MEDAL

The Bravery Medal is awarded for acts of bravery in hazardous circumstances.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'BM'.

 

SASR Recipients

High Range Townsville, Queensland - 3

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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL

The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for distinguished leadership in action.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'DSM'.

 

SASR Recipients

East Timor - 2
Iraq - 3
Afghanistan - 24
Afghanistan and other locations - 1
Bar to DSM - 5

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moa


MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA

The Medal of the Order of Australia is awarded for meritorious service or performance of duty.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters OAM'.

 

SASR Recipients

East Timor - 1
Iraq - 1
Afghanistan and service to SASR - 2
Afghanistan and other location - 1
For service to SASR - 17

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DISTINGUISHED CONDUCT MEDAL

The Distinguished Conduct Medal is awarded for distinguished conduct in action in the field.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'DCM'.

 

SASR Recipients

Vietnam - 2

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csc


CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL

The Conspicuous Service Medal is awarded for meritorious achievement or devotion to duty, in non-warlike situations.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'CSM'.

 

SASR Recipients

High Range Townsville, Queensland - 1
Somalia - 1
Timor - 1
Iraq - 1
Afghanistan and service to SASR - 3
For service to SASR - 12

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MILITARY MEDAL

The Military Medal was awarded for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'MM'.

 

SASR Recipients

Vietnam - 4

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BRISTISH EMPIRE MEDAL

The British Empire Medal is awarded for meritorious service worthy of recognition by the crown.

Recipients are entitled to the post-nominal letters 'BEM'.

 

SAS Company Recipients

Avon River, Western Australia - 1
For service to the SAS Company - 2

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COMMENDATION FOR GALLANTRY

The Commendation for Gallantry is awarded for acts of gallantry which are considered worthy of recognition.

SASR Recipients

East Timor - 1
Afghanistan - 11

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COMMENDATION FOR BRAVE CONDUCT

The Commendation for Brave Conduct is awarded for acts of bravery which are considered worthy of recognition.

 

SASR Recipients

High Range Townsville, Queensland - 2

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COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

The Commendation for Distinguished Service is awarded for distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations.

SASR Recipients

East Timor - 2
East Timor and Afghanistan - 1
Iraq - 3
Iraq and Afghanistan - 2
Afghanistan - 30

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MENTION IN DESPATCHES

The Mention in Despatches was a device used by commanders to bring the services of deserving subordinates to the attention of higher authority. The individual reported on was said to have been “mentioned in despatches”.

SASR Recipients

Borneo - 2
Vietnam - 16
East Timor - 1
Afghanistan - 1

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FOREIGN AWARDS

A number of SASR personnel have been granted awards while serving with the Armed Forces of countries with whom Australia has defence agreements. These awards include: the United States’ Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Meritorious Service Medal; and the United Kingdom’s Mention in Despatches.






US BRONZE STAR MEDAL

The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration that may be awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service. When awarded for bravery, it is the fourth-highest combat award of the U.S. Armed Forces and the ninth highest military award (including both combat and non-combat awards) in the order of precedence of U.S. military decorations.






US MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

The Meritorious Service Medal is a military decoration presented to members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United States. This award also may be bestowed for meritorious achievement in a designated combat theatre.






NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)
MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL

The NATO Meritorious Service Medal was first awarded in 2003 to commend NATO staff whose personal initiative and dedication went beyond their duty to make a difference both to their colleagues, and to NATO as an organisation. The Medal is the personal Award of The Secretary General of NATO, who signs each citation. Less than 50 medals are awarded each year and it remains the only significant award for individual personal effort for NATO staff; and can be awarded to Military and Civilian staff alike. When assessing nominations for the award, there are several criteria taken into consideration: the performance of acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances; showing exceptional leadership or personal example; making an outstanding individual contribution to a NATO sponsored programme or activity; or enduring particular hardship or deprivation in the interest of NATO.






MENTION IN DESPATCHES

Australian service personnel are no longer eligible to be mentioned in despatches. Since 15 January 1991, when the Australian Honours System was established, the MID was replaced by two Australian decorations – the Commendation for Gallantry, a fourth level gallantry decoration, and the Commendation for Distinguished Service, a third level distinguished service decoration.

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Unit Citations


Meritorious Unit Citation (March 2000)

 

The Meritorious Unit Citation was awarded to 3 Squadron Group, Special Air Service Regiment for sustained outstanding service in warlike operations. Given at Government House, Canberra on 25 March 2000.

SAS Unit Citation

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Meritorious Unit Citation (December 2002)

 

The Meritorious Unit Citation was awarded to the Special Air Service Regiment for sustained outstanding service in warlike operations in Afghanistan in support of the International Coalition against Terrorism. Given at Government House, Canberra on 19 December 2002.

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Unit Citation for Gallantry (November 2003)

 

The Unit Citation for Gallantry was awarded to 1 Special Air Service Squadron in recognition of acts of extraordinary gallantry in action. Given at Government House, Canberra on 27 November 2003.

SAS Unit Citation

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Unit Citation for Gallantry (November 2006)

 

The Unit Citation for Gallantry was awarded to Special Air Service Regiment, 4th Battalion The Royal Australian Regiment (Commando) in recognition of acts of extraordinary gallantry in action. Given at Government House, Canberra on 22 November 2006.

SAS Unit Citation

 

SAS Colours

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The Special Air Service Regiment

SPECIAL OPERATIONS TASK GROUP – ROTATION XII

The battle honour Eastern Shah Wali Kot is awarded to the Special Air Service Regiment and 2nd Commando Regiment to recognise the extraordinary heroism, exemplary combat performance and the relentless destruction of a highly trained and fanatical Taliban enemy of numerical superiority within the extremely inhospitable region of Eastern Shah Wali Kot, Afghanistan, from May to June 2010. During this period a series of daring daylight strike operations succeeded in disrupting and confusing the enemy and set the conditions for two decisive actions.

During the early hours of 10 June 2010, Alpha Commando Company Group audaciously established a position inside the insurgent stronghold of Chenartu. Shortly after first light, the enemy surrounded the commandos and employed sophisticated tactics in an attempt to overrun them throughout the day. Holding their exposed positions under heavy and sustained attack, the commandos, determined to regain the initiative, launched several aggressive counter attacks. Surprised by the ferocity of the commando response, combined with having lost significant numbers of fighters, the enemy withdrew to the village of Tizak in the late afternoon to conduct deliberate planning.

Receiving intelligence that a high-level Taliban commander had been drawn to the village of Tizak, a troop from the 2nd Special Air Service Squadron deployed on the morning of 11 June 2010. Upon landing in Tizak, the troop was immediately engaged by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, resulting in two friendlies being wounded and four helicopters sustaining battle damage. Despite being outnumbered and suppressed by machine gun fire, the troop inched forward until being checked by the interlocking fire of three machine guns. Drawing on the deepest reserves of collective courage, combined with notable acts of individual valour and gallantry, the initiative was regained. Exploiting a tenuous tactical foothold, the troop unflinchingly cleared the remaining positions in close-quarter combat throughout the remainder of the day.

The Shah Wali Kot Offensive was superbly supported by elements from all Special Operations Command units, the wider Defence organistion and Task Force No Mercy from the United States 101st Airborne Division.

The battlefield orchestration, courage, gallantry and determination displayed by the combat elements of the Special Operations Task Group Rotation XII, under extremely adverse and hazardous conditions has set them apart, and by their achievements they have brought distinguished credit on themselves and the Australian Defence Force.



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