The Queen’s Birthday Honours and Awards list 2010 contains a bumper crop of recipients with no fewer than six members of the Australian Army aviation community being recognised in both the civil and military lists.
To all the recipients the Australian Army Aviation Association extends our warmest congratulations on the awards and our deep appreciation for the work done in maintaining Army aviation history, improving the lot of our ex-servicemen and women, and maintaining our current Army aviation capability at such a high standard.
WO1 John Phillips
Major Terry Johnson
Corporal Ben Balchin
Group Capt David Scheul
Lt Colonel Steve Jobson
Civil List Helen Bawden has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Civil Division.
The award is for her services to the community particularly in respect of her work as a volunteer and secretary of the board of the Museum of Australian Army Flying, the Oakey Carers Support Group and on the board of Toowoomba, Golden West and South Burnett Tourism. A long time volunteer at the MAAF for more than 20 years, Helen has worked tirelessly in promoting the museum in the regional area and wider.
Frank has been awarded the OAM for his services to the veteran community, and again he has been a committed advocate for improving services and conditions for ex-service men and women. A former President of the 161 Recce Association, he has been a member of the Veterans Review Board for the past 12 years and is currently serving on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Ex-Service Matters. Frank has also served on the Military Compensation Board.
Brian Huddleston, PSM
Civil list, Brian Huddleston from the Army Aviation Centre at Oakey who has been awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding service as the Project Manager of the MRH 90 project and his planning for the helicopter’s introduction into service.
WO1 John Phillips, OAM
Warrant Officer Class One John Phillips has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Military Division. The former RSM of the 5th and 6th Aviation Regiments and 16 Aviation Brigade is recognised for his commitment and dedicated hard work in these most challenging appointments as well as his time as the Aviation Corps Career Manager in the Soldier Career Management Agency. John is continuing his string of demanding postings and is currently both the Aviation Corps RSM and RSM of the Aviation Training Centre at Oakey.
MAJ Terry Johnson, CSC
Another member of the Army aviation capability on the list is Major Terry Johnson who has been awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his outstanding achievement as the Staff Officer Grade Two Maintenance Standards at Headquarters 16 Aviation Brigade
WO2 Viv Anderson, CSM
Warrant Officer Class Two Vivian Anderson was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal for his meritorious achievement as the acting officer-in-charge of the Oakey Detachment of the Joint Logistics Unit (South Queensland).
Corporal Ben Balchin, CSM
Corporal Ben Balchin from 6 Aviation Regiment, also awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal for his achievements in very demanding and unusual circumstances performing the ground liaison duties in PNG during the recovery of bodies from an aircraft crash site.
Group Captain David Scheul, OAM
Wing Commander David Scheul has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for meritorious service as a professional design engineer and project manager on the Armed Reconnaissance and Multi Role Helicopter projects.
2012 Queen’s Birthday award
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Jobson, CSC
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Jobson was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of the 6th Aviation Regiment. No stranger to awards, Colonel Jobson was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2002 for his service on exchange with the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan and Boznia-Herzegovina. He is currently back in the US serving as the Australian Army Liaison Officer at the US Army Aviation Centre, Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The Australian Medal for Gallantry
The Australian Medal for Gallantry is awarded for acts of gallantry in action in hazardous circumstances. The award was established on January 15, 1991 as part of three new military gallantry decorations introduced in the Australian system of honours and awards. Issued to members of the Defence Force and others.
The Australian Conspicuous Service Cross
Australian Conspicuous Service Cross is awarded for outstanding devotion to duty, or outstanding achievement in the application of exceptional skills, judgement or dedication, in non-warlike situations. The Conspicuous Service Decorations were established in 1989 to recognise outstanding or meritorious achievement or devotion to duty in non-warlike situation.
The Australian Distinguished Service Medal
The Australian Distinguished Service Medal is awarded for distinguished leadership in action.
Medal of the Order of Australia (AO)
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.
Officer of the Order of Australia (AM)
Officer of the Order of Australia (AM) is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition.
It is our intention to build up this section of our website to recognise all those Army aviators who, since the rebirth of modern Army aviation after World War II, have over time been recognised in national or international Honours and Awards. This will be a major effort as there have been quite a few and with every passing Australia Day and Queens Birthday the list keeps growing. This will take time and we will be seeking the co-operation of those who have received honours and awards to assist us to compile the pages.
In the meantime we will commence with the immediate past recipients from Queens Birthday 2010.
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