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18 April 2010 Edition
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Cmdr. Sara Saltzstein presented with the Bronze Star Medal United StatesFormer Navy Swimmer Awarded Bronze Star Medal Former Navy swimming All-American Cmdr. Sara Saltzstein was presented with the Bronze Star Medal by Secretary of Defense Dr. Robert M. Gates during his visit to the Naval Academy on April 7. Dr. Saltzstein, who currently serves as the Brigade Medical Officer and as the officer representative for the women's swimming team, received the citation for her service at the U.S. Army's Camp Clark in Khowst, Afghanistan. She was deployed to the camp as its Embedded Training Team Medical Mentor and Officer in Charge of Troop Medical Clinic for a 13-month period that ended in December, 2008. Her citation reads as follows: "For exceptionally meritorious service while deployed to a combat theater in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as the Camp Clark Senior Medical Officer and Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. Commander Saltzstein's leadership, drive and initiative resulted in outstanding medical support to the Afghan Army advisor mission and contributed directly to the success of the counterinsurgency operations ion Khowst and Paktya Provinces. Her performance of duty in an austere combat environment reflects distinct credit upon her, the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and the United States Navy."  navysports.com 12 Apr 10


 Thailand - 
Foreign Minister Kasit participates in the Royal ... On 11 April 2010, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Trirong Suwannakhiri to present the Royal Decoration of “Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand” and the Royal Thai Army’s Master Aviation Badge to Major Ladda Tammy Duckworth, Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veteran Affairs.  Major Ladda is a Thai-American national, whose sacrifice and bravery during her military service in the US Army, brought fame to Thailand and also enhanced the relationship between the two countries. Even with her disability from the tour of duty in Iraq, Maj. Ladda still devoted herself to the public service and was appointed  the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Veteran Affairs, on 3 February 2009. On 22 September 2009, His Majesty the King of Thailand bestowed the Royal Decoration of “Knight Grand Cross (First Class) of the Most Noble Order of the Crown of Thailand” to her. siamdailynews.com 12 Apr 10

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Officers of Seychelles People's Defense Forces honored for hostage rescue President James Michel, the Commander-in-Chief, has decorated 17 officers of the Topaz with the medal of the Order of Honor of the Seychelles People’s Defense Forces for the heroic action they undertook to rescue the 6 Seychellois fishermen and 21 Iranians from the hands of 9 Somali pirates on March 29, 2010. President Michel also presented Certificates of Merit to the officers of the Tazar unit and the Seychelles Coast Guard Command Centre for their support effort during the operation. eturbonews.com 11 Apr 10

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11 April 2010 Edition
Corporal Henry Edward Sanday of the Rifles Regiment was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery (QCB). FijiHero's reward Another Fiji-born soldier serving in the British Army was awarded for his bravery while on duty in Afghanistan. Corporal Henry Edward Sanday of the Rifles Regiment was awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery (QCB). Sanday won the award while serving as a section commander with a battalion of the Rifles Regiment that served in Afghanistan in 2009. Cpl Sanday joined the British Army in 2002 and has served in Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Iraq and more recently in Afghanistan.

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28 March 2010 Edition

Canada General Campaign Star Canada - Changes to Regulations for Overseas Service The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence,  announced changes to the South-West Asia Service Medal (SWASM), the General Campaign StarGeneral Service Medal (GSM). These changes were introduced following a major review of all recognition provided for overseas service in order to simplify and standardize overseas recognition for Canadian Forces (CF) personnel. (GCS) and the The creation of a formal device to recognize those who serve multiple rotations in missions eligible for the SWASM, the GCS and the GSM was key in this review. Rotation bars have been created to mark multiple rotations in missions eligible for the three medals. Personnel will earn a rotation bar emblazoned with a maple leaf for each period of 180 days of eligible service accumulated after the initial qualifying period of 30 days. With the addition of rotation bars, mission bars will no longer be worn on the GCS and GSM. Instead, the medals will be displayed on ribbons that indicate the theatre or service for which the medal was awarded. This ensures that all service in a defined theatre of operations is accorded the same recognition, regardless of the mission. Additional changes include an adjustment in the criteria to receive the GSM for a support function, from 90 to 30 days, and the establishment of three distinct ribbons for the GCS and GSM.  The South-West Asia ribbon, the Allied Force ribbon to replace the Allied Force bar and the Expedition ribbon to recognize smaller operations conducted in the presence of an armed enemy.
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