Frank Woolfe served for 8 years in the Australian Army in the Royal Australian Engineers. (RAE). At the completion of his service, he was awarded the Australian Defence Medal for his 8 years service. (ADM)
He is currently a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia (SES) at Port Augusta.
Woolfe’s Face Book page has numerous photographs of himself in SES and Coast Guard uniforms wearing medals and ribbons. He likes to be photographed in uniform.
In the above photograph, Woolfe wears on the left side the -;
1. Australian Defence Medal. Entitled.
2. The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal. Tin commemorative.
In what appears to be an escalating problem for the State Emergency Service in South Australia, Woolfe has acquired the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal and added it to his ADM., on the left side.
He has also acquired the unofficial ribbon that accompanied this medal and attached that to his one genuine ribbon. (below)
The United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal is an unofficial tin commemorative medal. It can be purchased on line for 58 Australian dollars on eBay or from a Medal Dealer. Woolfe has spent an additional 60 Australian Dollars to have the tin medal court mounted with his DFM., to add that extra bit of glamour to his uniform.
The medal is not recognised by the Australian Government at It’s an Honour for Australian awards.
If worn, it should be placed on the right side with other commemorative medals and not added to or mixed with genuinely awarded National medals worn on the left.
The South Australia State Emergency Service Dress Code states the following -;
EMBELLISHMENT AND INSIGNIA.
DECORATIONS AND MEDALS.
Decorations and Medals and medal ribbons may be worn on Service Dress, shirts or dress uniform on the left breast immediately above any fitted pocket. Medal and award ribbons are worn with service dress, with the wearing of actual medals reserved for official or ceremonial occasions. Medals/awards not recognised by the Australian Award Medal Schedule will be worn on the right side above pocket.[/b]
Woolfe is a senior member of the State Emergency Service, South Australia. He is blatantly disregarding his own Service Medals Wearing Protocols, to make his medal array more attractive. He sets a bad example for the younger members of the SES.
He has been contacted regarding his inappropriate wearing of the medal. His reply was that if it is good enough for the Chief Officer of the SASES (South Australia State Emergency Service) to wear it on the left side, then it is good enough for me. We have that comment in writing.
Woolfe is a disrespectful wannabe and a medal cheat. He disrespects Honours and Awards in wearing a tin trinket. He also disrespects all those current and former military service personnel, who have earned the right to wear National awarded medals on the left side the hard way.
Our message is simple to South Australia State Emergency Service personnel. If you wear unofficial tin medals on your left side, there is a very good chance you will see your photograph in uniform with tin medals on this website.
As an aside, and in response to Woolfe’s claim that the Chief Officer, SASES wears the identical tin trinket on the left side, we have viewed numerous photographs and videos of Chris Beattie, Chief Officer, SASES. In each photograph, he does not wear this medal or ribbon.
Woolfe is a self confessed medal cheat. He also distorts the truth when it suits him.
It is obvious that Mr Chris Beattie needs to have a serious chat with him.
Credibility - Make up your own mind!!