Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Conspicuous service recognised

TWO Derwent Valley men were awarded Conspicuous Service Medals in the Queen's Birthday Honours last week. Long-serving Australian Defence Force members Mark Wilson and Jason Jarvis were recognised for their meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Army respectively.

Warrant Officer Jason Jarvis is the son of Graeme and Jenny Jarvis and was honoured for his meritorious achievement as Drill Wing Sergeant Major at Royal Military College, Duntroon. His citation says Warrant Officer Class One Jarvis is an outstanding soldier who has displayed exceptional professionalism, leadership and organisational skills in making significant contributions to the Corps of Staff Cadets. He has greatly improved the quality of training to over 670 of Army's officer corps and contributed to the army's cultural change.

Lieutenant Commander Mark Wilson is the son of John and Margaret Wilson and was honoured for his meritorious achievement as a Military Liaison Officer serving on Operation ASLAN as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Lieutenant Commander Wilson provided meritorious service as a Military Liaison Officer serving at the United Nations State Support Base at Bor in Jonglei State, particularly during the national security crisis in mid-December 2013. Following the evacuation of United Nations civilian staff from the Support Base and amid heavy fighting in and around Bor town, Lt Cdr Wilson displayed professionalism and dedication to duty in the management of hundreds of casualties, saving many lives. His compassion and generosity of spirit in managing the interment of those who were killed during the fighting earned the respect of United Nations commanders and leaders within the Bor town community.

Congratulations to Jason and Mark and their families.

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