Bronze Star Medals awarded
Australian soldiers were presented with United States military awards at the Combined Team-Uruzgan (CT-U) Transfer of Responsibility parade held at Tarin Kot, Afghanistan in May.
Bronze Star Medals were awarded to Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Wayne Hay and Major Ryan Barrow.
US Army Commendation Medals were awarded to Captain Chloe Dray and Captain Blake Simmons.
WO1 Wayne Hay was the CT-U Regimental Sergeant Major for eight months and said his award was unexpected.
“I feel honoured to be recognised by the US Army, especially by the Commander 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and Deputy Commander of CT-U, Col Doug Cardinale and his team, as I rate them as some of the best people I have ever worked for and with,” he said.
“At the beginning of my deployment, one of the main challenges with CT-U was that it is a multinational organisation, which meant I had to get my head around the way the other nations did business.
“I had the full support of everyone here and the CT-U Master Sergeants and Sergeant Majors were top-class, which meant I found my job easy and very rewarding.
“One of the moments that will stay in my mind is the 2013 Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Multinational Base - Tarin Kot.
“To have Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison present set the tone for the day and the service was outstanding along with the support I had from across the base to organise the event.
“The ceremony was very moving.”
Major Ryan Barrow was the Chief of Fires with CT-U and said he was also surprised and honoured to be awarded the medal along with the recognition from Australia’s US partners.
“The biggest challenge during my deployment was creating a targeting process that assisted the commander while synchronising all the available effects around the battlespace,” he said.
“The interaction between the US and Australian staff was what made it a team effort and made the targeting process so effective.
“The best part of my tour was the friends I made among the US, Singaporean and Slovak allies across the last eight months in Uruzgan.”
The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to individuals who, while serving in the United States Armed Forces in a combat theatre, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement or by meritorious service not involving aerial flight.