Penney

Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Penney
Christian Names: Ronald Keith
Country: Australia
State or Province: Victoria
City or Town: Not Known
Service #: 363481
Service: Army Reserve
Branch: Not Known
Commencement of service: May 77
Completion of service: Feb 84
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Ronald Keith Penney has long and honourable service with Corrections Victoria, the Army Reserve as well as to the World Police & Fire Games, Law Enforcement Games and the Aus/NZ Police Games. The latter was recognised by Mr Penney being awarded an Australian Sports Medal in October 2000.

He has also been awarded the National Medal with 2 bars, the Australian Defence Medal and both the 10 and 20 year Victorian Corrective Service Medals (now superseded). All of these point to a man who has given much to his country, State and community.

Ron Penney joined the Australian Army Reserve in May 1977 and served with the Army Reserve until February 1984 when he was discharged at his own request. For this service he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal.

So Ron is entitled and should feel very proud to wear his Australian Commonwealth medals on his left breast (Australian Sports Medal, National Medal and Australian Defence Medal).

His 2 Victorian State Corrections medals have no place being displayed on the left breast and we can only assume that this has been done to pad out his rack. This is contrary to the correct protocol set out by the Australian Government on the It's an Honour website : "State awards: Medals awarded by Australian State and Territory governments are not considered "unofficial" and may be worn on the right breast."www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm#Order

Here at ANZMI we often see similar examples of people who have served Australia well at both a National and State/Territory level expanding their medal racks by adding either unofficial (tin) or State/Territory awards. We also often hear the feeble excuse "I didn't know." If legitimate recipients of medals feely proud enough to wear them, then they should at least learn the protocols and responsibilities which go along with this. Ignoring these well-known guidelines and rules is either a sign of ignorance or vanity. Neither is acceptable.

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