Like the majority of his peers, Ben Kearney is into social media as a way of staying in touch with family and friends, as well as catching up with people from his past. But as we have seen in media reports in recent years, sometimes people tend to tell a few 'porkies' about themselves, their achievements and what they have been up to. From what we have been told and seen, Benjamin Ian Kearney falls into this category.
Ben's Facebook page would probably impress his friends as he recounts tasty little tit-bits about his military service with the Australian Army. It's all there - in the infantry, unarmed combat training and of course the standard one for military frauds, the para jump course.
But as the old saying goes 'a picture is worth a thousand words', so we draw your attention to the above photograph of Ben Kearney which appears on his fiancé's Facebook page. Smiling Ben has what we at ANZMI call the full Monty for today's medal cheat. Left of photo to right:
Australian Active Service Medal (AASM) with 2 clasps possibly Afghanistan & Iraq, (NOT ENTITLED)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)
Iraq Campaign Medal, (NOT ENTITLED)
Australian Service Medal (ASM) clasp n/k, (NOT ENTITLED)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM), (ENTITLED)
NATO Service Medal Afghanistan (NOT ENTITLED)
Timor Leste Solidarity Medal. (NOT ENTITLED)
And the icing on this very impressive cake is the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB) sitting above the medals. (NOT ENTITLED)
Unfortunately for Ben Kearney the only award he is entitled to wear on his left breast is the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).
Once Kearney completed his recruit training, he was allocated to Royal Australian Corps of Signals. When he completed his Initial Employment Training, he was employed as a Combat Signaller. In July 2005 Kearney changed from being a Combat Signaller to an Operator Communications. He continued in this role until he discharged medically unfit in March 2008. There's no mention of him ever being trained in unarmed combat or completing a para course.
Now that Ben has had the dubious pleasure of gracing our pages in all his glory, we suspect that his and his fiancé's Facebook pages will come in for some quick editing. And maybe a steady stream of 'unlikes' will begin to appear as well.
Benjamin Ian Kearney, you are a disgrace to the uniform you once wore and to the memory of those who sacrificed their lives and their physical and mental health in the service of Australia. Remove the medals you have been dishonestly wearing along with the ICB and fade into the obscurity you deserve.