2017 20c Coin - Legends of the Anzacs - DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
The Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members of the Australian Defence Force who demonstrate distinguished leadership in warlike operations. Introduced in 1991, it is the second-highest distinguished service decoration in the Australian honours system and has been awarded to 158 recipients. Seven of these recipients have also been awarded Bars, for repeated acts of outstanding leadership.
Squadron Leader Terry Van Haren joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1986 and made a vital contribution by building a highly cohesive, inspired and capable team of aircrew. Under difficult combat conditions, in 2003 he led the second defensive counter-air package of Australian F/A-18 aircraft in Iraq during Operation Falconer. He flew 15 combat missions over enemy territory, 12 of them as flight leader. His leadership and performance in action were impeccable and his energy and initiative provided an inspiring example to his subordinates, peers and superiors. Van Haren was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 2003. His dedication and professionalism enhanced the standing of the Royal Australian Air Force and the Australian Defence Force within the Coalition forces. He has since been promoted to Group Captain.
|Brand||Royal Australian Mint|
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