Rochford

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Rochford
Christian Names: Stephen John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Deception Bay
Service #: 316114
Service: Australian Army
Branch: RAEME
Commencement of service: 1973
Completion of service: 1978
Case Notes:

Update 18 March, 2014.

Since our initial exposure of Stephen John Rochford from Deception Bay in Queensland, our ANZMI contact E mail address has been running hot with representations from Patriots Motor Cycle Club members claiming we have "shed bad light" on that organisation.

Information request from your website

Australia & New Zealand Military Imposters group <[email protected]> Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 4:20 PM

To: [email protected]

*Your Name:*

Mark

*Email Address:*

[email protected]

*Phone:*

XXXXXXXXXXX

*Subject:*

Steve Rochford

*Your Message:*

 

Dear Sirs,

Whilst we appreciate your right to publish the profiles of frauds and wannabe’s on your site, we would appreciate if you could restrict the dialog to the facts of the person concerned and request that the following corrections be made to the Profile of “Steve Rochford”:

Steve was a member of Patriots Australia and was a older member of the Club. Since December 2013 we have conducted our own internal investigation of the adornments worn by Steve and wish to advise that as a result of that investigation and allowing due process, Steve is no longer a member of Patriots Australia and was not a member at the time of your publication of his profile.

The photo displayed is not recent it is over 4 years old.

Patriots Australia have in the early years, relied on the honesty and integrity of those that joined our Club, criteria has over the years been reviewed and evolved to become more academic and is now scrutinised in more detail.

We see no purpose or benefit in the comments referring to “Patriots Australia” in your dialog and request that it be reworded so as not to shed bad light on a Club that serves a genuine purpose in assisting Military Personnel in surviving and assimilation back into a normal civilian life.

We trust that you will amend the entry accordingly.

Kindest regards

Patriots Australia

 

We do not disparage any organisation that assists in the welfare of returned service men and women.

However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that some veterans organisations, due to decreasing numbers, will accept on face value any individual who is interested in joining their activities without the proper checks and balances .

This is particularly so in regards to entitlements to wear officially awarded medals and badges.

It is not hard. A copy of a Discharge Certificate would normally suffice or other proof can be obtained quite readily by requesting applicants to produce personal service records that they can access.

It is the responsibility of the organisation to verify entitlements, particularly if they allow their members to wear Australian military medals and badges on civilian clothing. Simple as that.
 



The Patriots have harboured this fraudulent wannabee for about four years if you take into account the information provided in the above E mail. They state that the photograph is four years old, yet they only completed their investigation in December 2013. (Three months ago.) They had to know that he was not entitled to wear the ribands and badges he displayed. One look at his Australian Combat Badge complementing the non war like ribands he was wearing should have set off alarm bells.

As for Rochford not knowing what he was entitled to is Fairyland fantasy and the Patriots management who allowed this should stand down for being so incompetent.

We stand by our exposure of Rochford and this case will remain on site as is.

This should be a warning to all similar organisations that they hold in their hands the full responsibility to maintain the highest integrity of all veterans everywhere.

As stated, this is becoming more prevalent and we would like to direct you to the activities of Grant Francis Sutton, another motor cycle enthusiast, who is also on our ANZMI website and was a member of the Military Brotherhood Military Motorcycle Club. (MBMMC) Queensland. He also likes to dress up. 

 

Original Exposure

Steven John Rochford, of Deception Bay in Queensland is a member of the Australian Patriots Motor Cycle Club. The Patriots Motor Cycle Club is an Australia wide club that consists of current and former members of the Defence Force who have an interest in motor cycles. There are Chapters in most Australian States. Unfortunately, members who join this organisation are not thoroughly investigated as to their bona fides for medal entitlements that they wear on civilian clothing at club outings and social functions.
 

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Steven John Rochford, whose photograph appears above is sporting an interesting array of medal ribands and badges.

This photograph was taken recently at a Patriots Motor Cycle function and shows Rochford wearing the following ribands and badges on the left side of his chest.

1. The Australian Service Medal/Riband. 1945 - 1975.

This medal/riband is issued to members of the Australian Defence Force for service in connection with prescribed non warlike operations during the period commencing the 3rd September 1945 to the 16th September, 1975. A nickel silver clasp is also issued to the recipient with the medal identifying the theatre of action. e.g. Middle East, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands etc. There are 14 locations listed on the The Australian Defence Honours and Awards Site. The 14 locations listed are all outside Australia.
 

2. The Australian Defence Medal/Riband

This medal/riband is issued to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force in recognition for completing four years service and also former National Servicemen and Australian Reserve personnel with qualifying service.
 

3. The Regular Forces Medal/Riband.

This is an unofficial non issued (tin) medal/riband that the wearer purchases from a Medal Shop or on the Internet. Usually about twenty dollars. (A$20.00) It means nothing and only adds to a wannabees rack of unauthorised medals or ribands.

4. The Army Combat Badge. (ACB)

The purpose of the Army Combat Badge is to recognise the unique service of an Australian Defence Force member operating with an Arms Corps Unit within a War Like Area of operations. The member must have been serving on warlike operations and been force assigned to a combat team for a continuous period of 90 days, or an aggregate period of 90 days. The ACB recognises service with a combat element.

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On his right chest, Rochford is wearing the Australian Individual Readiness Notification Badge.
 

5. The Australian Individual Readiness Notification badge. (AIRN).

The AIRN is issued to personnel who are qualified in readiness requirements in accordance with Defence instructions. It is only to be worn on Ceremonial Dress or uniform. It is never to be worn on civilian clothing.

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The AIRN badge was not issued to current qualified serving members until the mid to late 1990's. Rochford had discharged from the Australian Army in 1978.

Rochford has broken all the rules. He served in the Australian Army from 1973 to 1978. His 5 years service to the Nation was no doubt honourable and without incident.

He joined as a young apprentice, passed his trade courses and obviously became a valuable member of RAEME and the Australian Army. He should have been proud of that service.

Unfortunately though as time went on, Rochford decided to embellish his service and portray an image of a Soldier who had accomplished more than he did. Obviously, this was to impress his Patriot Club Motor Cycle associates and anyone else he happened to encounter.

Rochford completed his entire service in Australia. He had no overseas duties during his five years.

His entitlement for his service is the Australian Defence Medal. He should also be proud of that!
He is not entitled to wear the Australian Service Medal/Riband (ASM), the Army Combat Badge, (ACB), the "tin" Regular Forces Riband, and the AIRN. The medal ribands and badges have all been purchased.

We sent Steven Rochford a communication and asked him if he wished to respond to our request regarding his wearing of the ribands and badges in the photo.
He replied that -;

"The awards issue, to me, is a non event. Embarassing, but a non-event regardless."
He went on to say that a local member of his RSL had a medal mounting service and was always at him (Rochford) to "let me do your gongs".

Rochford stated that -;

" I had been out of the Military for twenty years and had no idea what I was entitled to. I eventually relented and paid him to do so based on my military history which I related to him. He sold me the package and I wore them in good faith assuming he knew what was correct."

Rochford must have told him some really good personal "operational" stories for his mate to have mounted the above ribands and sell them to him , particularly the ASM, together with the ACB and the AIRN.

Rochford declared that "I had no idea what I was entitled to". For a former member of the Australian Army with five years service to openly state those words, Rochford has shown himself to be a complete idiot.

Rochford lives in Deception Bay, a suburb north of Brisbane , Queensland, Australia. It was so named in 1823 by an explorer, Lieutenant John Oxley, due to it's "shallowness". (Wikipedia)

By his actions, Deception Bay and it's shallowness, is probably the most appropriate place in the whole of Australia for Stephen Rochford to reside. Welcome to the website.

 

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