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Surname: Wade
Christian Names: Gordon
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Goulburn
Service: Reserve Forces
Case Notes:

 

Mr Gordon WADE is the President of the Goulburn RSL Sub Branch and is a former senior NSW Corrective Services Officer. WADE was also a Reservist in the Australian Defence Force.

For his service as a Corrections Officer and for his Military Service in the Reserves, WADE has been appropriately recognised with a number of medals.



In the above image, WADE is wearing:

Medal of the Order of Australia (Entitled)
Reserve Force Medal (Entitled)
National Medal (Entitled)
Australian Defence Medal (Entitled)

All of the above Medals and Awards have been earned by WADE and reflect National recognition of his service. Protocols issued and administered by the Governor General of Australia are quite clear on the wearing of National Awards and specifically forbid the wearing of State Awards with Federal Awards and specify that State Awards are to be worn on the right side. This directive is also to be found in the rules and regulations of the Returned and Services League (RSL) in which WADE holds a not insignificant position as a Sub-Branch President.

The two remaining medals on WADE’s rack are:

NSW Corrective Meritorious Service Medal



NSW Corrective Service Long Service Medal



Unfortunately, like so many other Corrections Officers and indeed, Emergency Service personnel in other States and Territories have taken to wearing State Awards on the left side only, sometimes mixed with Federal Awards. It is the case that in some jurisdictions, approval to mix these awards has been given by the highest level of the organisation but this approval has been given without due diligence and referral to the Governor General’s office who administers the Australian Honours System, including the approved order of precedence for wearing of awards and the list of foreign awards that may be worn by Australian citizens.

WADE is taking the easy way out by just wearing the medals in the current form and as a President of an RSL Sub Branch, and former senior Corrections Officer, he should and must know he is in breach of the rules.

We have some advice for WADE and the many others mixing and matching their Federal and State Awards – DON’T. If, however if you believe you are in the right, then its up to you to do something about it.

If WADE, or the many others like him on our Website feels strongly enough about the issue, he can advocate for change by submitting a motion to his Sub-Branch and seek their support, have the motion discussed and voted upon at the RSL Annual Congress and if his motion is carried, he can expect that the RSL will advocate on his behalf to the Governor General to change the rules as they apply to the Order of Precedence and the wearing of Federal and State Awards. The same avenue is available to any Ex-Service Organisation, or individual if they feel strongly about the issue.

Of course, the easier way to deal with this is to either remove the State medals from his rack and wear them on the right side, or sit back like many others and whinge about ANZMI being a pedantic bunch of bastards with nothing better to do. Unfortunately, that is the normal response when all that ANZMI is doing is defending the rules as they stand. We cannot expect to swear our allegiance to the Queen or Australia on one hand and then pick and choose what rules we will follow to suit ourselves on the other. It doesn't work that way.

Welcome to our Website Mr WADE, the ball is now in your court.

Surname: Keeley
Christian Names: Douglas
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Candelo
Case Notes:

 

Douglas Keeley served for two years in the second National Serviceman scheme, between 1964 and 1972. For his service he was awarded two Defence Medals, however he wears three.


He wears the following medals.

Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Anniversary of National Service Medal (ANSM)
Citizens Military Service (CMF) medal - Unauthorised self purchased medal.

He received the first two medals from the Australian Government for his Army service.

The third medal, he purchased, and had it spliced to his rack by a "shonky" medals mounter. Most Australian medal mounters know and obey tradition and protocol, but some will do anything for a dollar.


Keeley is a high profile ex serviceman who actively participates on commemorative occasions in his home town of Candelo NSW. To wear a fake medal and seek media attention is simply not wise as the consequences are obvious.

We welcome Keeley, and suggest he disconnects thirty three and a third percent of his medals to make him an honest ex serviceman.

 

Surname: Stacey
Christian Names: Geoff and Sue
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Adaminaby
Service: Army
Branch: Dental & Nursing Corps
Case Notes:

 

Here we have a pigeon pair of high achievers, however, medals protocol is not included in their knowledge gained whilst serving in the Army.


Obviously Sue knows how to celebrate ANZAC day with a nip of Rum and an ANZAC biscuit.

Both Geoff and Sue wear medals earned during their Defence service, however both have included a New South Wales Rural Fire Service medal with their Defence medals on their left breasts.

Here is the NSW Rural Fire Service Long Service Award:


Geoff and Sue are both ex senior Army Officers and should be aware, that such State medals are to be worn on their right breast, and should they have any doubt about that, they should phone their neighbour in the ACT, the Governor General.

Both will be kept busy serving in the ANZMI Battalion, by attending to Dental and Medical needs in the minor medals offenders platoon. Sue can also dispense the odd nip of rum whenever she deems it necessary.

Surname: Burns
Christian Names: Adrian "Radar"
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service #: 128113
Service: Royal Australian Navy
Case Notes:

 

Some Royal Australian Navy veterans have a penchant for wearing an extra medal or two. Here is Adrian "Radar" Burns, wearing an extra foreign medal for his Gulf war deployment aboard HMAS Sydney.


In total he wears the following

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Defence Force Service Medal (DFSM)
Australian Defence Medal (ADM)
Saudi Arabia Liberation of Kuwait Medal (SALKM)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (KLM) Foreign medal not approved ofr wear by the Governor General

For his deployment aboard HMAS Sydney, to the Gulf region during 1990 and 1991 he wears three medals. In addition he wears an ADM and the DFSM for general service in the RAN. The SALKM medal is a foreign medal that is approved for wear by the Governor General. The last medal on his rack, the KLM Medal has not been approved for wear by the Governor General of Australia. His correct rack is five medals. He should be very satisfied in that he received three medals for his Gulf region deployments.

Here is what the Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, have to say about this medal:

"The medal is not approved for wear by members of the ADF. It is allowed to be retained as a memento by members who received it and worn on civilian clothing on special days such as ANZAC Day and other commemorative occasions. It is recommended the Kuwait Liberation Medal be worn on the right breast".

Unfortunately, RAN Associations, are actively encouraging their members to wear this inappropriate medal on their left breast.

It is cogent that Adrian Burns is a member of a Western Australian, HMAS Sydney Association, that actively encourages members to wear the medal on the left breast. Here is the "political battle strategy" he exposed to us in a recent email

"With the 80th Anniversary if have from the Defence Minister down (sic) backing me Veterans Affairs Minister is well aware, Chief of the Navy, Fleet Commander, WA Premier, WA Tourism Minister (both ex jacks) and many others with a full team in Geraldton and Perth assisting me to bring this together. Fremantle SLSC is involved along with the AFL - West Coast Eagles and Sydney Swans. Once all completed I'm hoping I've set in place a great legacy and helping many Veterans descendants and relatives yes I am blowing my trumpet a bit but mate your mob what trumpet can you blow???"

Simply put, the medal recommended to be worn on the right breast by Department of Prime Minister and Honours and Awards, is not approved to be worn on the left breast by the Governor General, and unless Burns's above luminaries can convince the Governor General to approve it, we will include those who wear it, on this website.

Perhaps those wanting to wear this bit of bling, like Burns, should get their Surf Life Saving and Football Clubs together with their Ministers for Tourism to lobby the Governor General to approve the wearing of the medal.

Welcome aboard Adrian "Radar" Burns.

Surname: Dale
Christian Names: Andrew Stephen (Drew)
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Brisbane
Service: Army Reserves
Case Notes:

 

 

DREW DALE UP DATE – MAY 2020

Our initial exposure of Drew DALE revealed a despicable piece of work who knowingly stole the image of a decorated Vietnam Veteran and claimed it as his own. He also falsely wore service decorations and badges that he has no entitlement to.

During the investigation into DALE, our researcher formed the view that there were some more ‘skeleton’s in his cupboard” and these suspicions have proven to be correct.

We now have irrefutable evidence that DALE is a fraud and a convicted fraud at that.

We now know that in 2008, whilst serving as an Army Reserve (Ares) Lieutenant on Full Time Service (FTS), he was charged by the Queensland Police for several fraud offences relating to forged documents, particularly a university degree and false statements that enabled him to join the Army Reserve and subsequently undergo Officer training. His unit at the time, 7 CSSB, issued him a Notice to Show Cause for discharge, he did not respond to that formal document, rather he offered to resign his commission, believing that would resolve the matter. He was wrong.

Due to the ongoing investigation by both the Australian Defence Force Investigations Service (ADFIS) and Queensland Police Service (QPS), Army held his discharge in abeyance. He was convicted and actually received a prison sentence. His service in the Australian Defence Force was then terminated (circa 2009). He only ever reached the rank of Lieutenant, not Captain as depicted in his photograph. He served in the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC), never Royal Australian Infantry (RAInf) despite being photographed in uniform, wearing the infantry corps badge. As we reported in our initial exposure. He never deployed. The only medal he may be entitled to is the Australian Defence medal (ADM).

He most definitely is a fraud and convicted criminal.

The level of his deceit is breath-taking and his claims of being in receipt of a TPI pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs must be investigated.

He has clearly committed offences against the Defence Act 1903

Defence Act 1903, where he is in breach of Part VII Sections 80A and 80B, which state there is a maximum penalty of $3,300 fine and six months imprisonment or both for:

80A. Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman

80B. Improper use of service decorations

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80A
Falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman
(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(a) the person represents himself or herself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman; and

(b) the representation is false.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) For the purposes of this section:
(a) returned soldier means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Military Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Military Forces of any Ally of Great Britain;
(b) returned sailor means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Naval Force raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire, or as a member of the Naval Forces of any Ally of Great Britain; and
(c) returned airman means a person who has served abroad during any war as a member of any Air Force, air service or flying corps raised in Australia or in any other part of the British Empire or as a member of the air forces of any Ally of Great Britain

DEFENCE ACT 1903 - SECT 80B
Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:
(2)
(a) the person wears a service decoration; and
(b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.

Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.

(2) Where the person upon whom a service decoration was conferred has died, it is not an offence against subsection (1) for a member of the family of that person to wear the service decoration if the member of the family does not represent himself as being the person upon whom the decoration was conferred.
Note: The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (2). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.
(3) It is not an offence against subsection (1) for a person to wear a service decoration in the course of a dramatic or other visual representation (including such a representation to be televised) or in the making of a cinematograph film.
Note: The defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (3). See subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code.
(4) A person shall not falsely represent himself as being the person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred.
Penalty: 30 penalty units or imprisonment for 6 months, or both.
(5) A person shall not deface or destroy, by melting or otherwise, a service decoration.
Penalty: 60 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.

Drew DALE is a fraud of the worst kind. He lied to gain his commission in the Australian Army, he has lied about his service by claiming to have deployed overseas and wears medals and badges that he has no entitlement to wear.

He is known to the Queensland Police, hopefully a member of that police force will take an interest in the actions of Drew DALE as outlined by ANZMI and take appropriate action against him. 

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Case Notes:

Drew DALE is an enigma. He is an author, martial arts expert, computer expert, airman and soldier, or is he? As an author he has written a number of books including 'Engage and Neutralise' and ‘Callsign Albatross’, a ripping yarn “based on real events involving real people” states DALE in the authors review of the book. “It is not an historical account, rather a story about one young man’s experience of service in Australia’s modern Defence Forces” he continues.

Here is DALE’s autobiography. Note the image he has used to identify himself, as that will become relevant shortly.



The actual story line of DALE’s book is not as important as the main character he introduces us too.

“Steve Hill had been working as a Sergeant Loadmaster on C130 Hercules Transport aircraft and had finally secured a place on a Rotary Wing Conversion Course, to train as a helicopter Loadmaster, Crewman and Door Gunner. We pick up Steve’s story at his Rotary Wing Conversion Course Graduation at 5sqn RAAF Fairbairn”

Despite the assertion by DALE that this work is based on real events, his story fails at this first hurdle. In his book, DALE claims that the course was NO 12 Crewman’s Course which graduated from No 5 Squadron (RAAF) in 1974. Records are clear, there were no ex C-130 Loadmasters on that Course. This has been confirmed with sources from the Airman Aircrew Association and RAAF Records.

Perhaps the reader is starting to wonder why this is an issue, does it really matter if the story in DALE’s book crosses from non-fiction to fiction and back again? Normally no, it would not until we learn that DALE is claiming to have been a RAAF Crewman, flying UH-1H Iroquois helicopters with No 9 Squadron – a blatant lie. The clear and unequivocal intent is that DALE would have the reader believe his flying experiences are those that the character ‘Steve Hill’ is based on.

The truth is much more bizarre.



DALE claims to have served for nine (9) years in the RAAF in 1973 and discharged in March 1982 to pursue a career in business. He also claims that he joined the Army Reserve in 2004 or 2005 and was appointed as an Officer after graduating from the Royal Military College Duntroon on 25 March 2007 as the oldest graduate in history. Due to his reported martial arts skills, DALE claims that he was given the opportunity to undertake Close Personal Protection training, a qualification that allowed him to become part of the Close Personal Protection parties for VIPs and General Staff Officers. He has since left the Army Reserve and is in receipt of a Department of Veterans Affairs TPI Pension.

ANZMI has uncovered evidence that proves DALE first joined the Army in 2003 as an Instructor of Cadets with 46 Army Cadet Unit located in Port Augusta, South Australia. He later resigned from the Cadets and was accepted into the Army Reserves in 2005 where he underwent Officer training. By all accounts, DALE was considered a competent officer, but with 'skeletons' in his cupboard.

Here is Captain Drew Dale.



Note that DALE is wearing a RAAF ‘Crewman’ Brevet on his left breast, together with the following decorations:

Australian Active Service Medal (AASM)
Australian Service Medal (ASM)
Defence Long Service Medal (DLSM)
Australian Defence Medal

He is also wearing the Infantry Combat Badge (ICB). The minimum criteria for the award of the ICB can be found on Army's Website and states: Members of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps who, in an infantry posting as part of an Infantry Battalion were deployed for, at least, 90 days to an operational area and subsequently awarded the Infantry Combat Badge.

On the same page of the Website, this statement can be found; You must be individually authorised to wear the ICB. It is an offence under Section 80B of the Defence Act 1903, for a person who wears a service decoration and falsely represents themselves as being the person upon whom a service decoration has been conferred. A Service decoration is defined as "any …badge… that was or may be conferred for …participation in a campaign or other warlike operation… ".

The award of the AASM (post 1975) without a campaign medal is highly doubtful. His claimed RAAF service was 1973 to March, 1982. During this period, there was no prescribed war like areas in that would qualify him for the AASM. (post 1975)

If DALE qualified for an AASM post 2004, he would be wearing a Campaign Medal. The only war like service areas prescribed post 2004 are:

16/07/2003 - 28/07/2009 Operation Catalyst – Iraq
11/10/2001 ongoing Operation Slipper (war on terrorism)
18/4/2003 - ongoing Operation Palate Afghanistan

the ICB if genuinely awarded, has to have been awarded for service in Iraq or Afghanistan and he must meet the criteria and given the lack of campaign medals, it is clear could not have done so. It is highly doubtful that he would have received the AASM without also receiving the appropriate campaign medal, ISAF or UN Medal at the same time and have them court mounted together.

It is possible for him to have an ASM without another medal, e.g. Solomon Islands or have had a posting the RAAF Base Butterworth during his RAAF Service. In such cases he would only receive a clasp. (Solomon Islands) or (SE Asia) both of which are for non-war like service.

As well as the ICB, DALE can be seen wearing an AIRN badge. The silver AIRN badge was introduced for qualifying personnel in 1997.

Of interest to ANZMI is that he does not appear to have been awarded any campaign medals to align with the AASM he wears. DALE has been asked to explain this apparent anomaly, but to-date has refused to do so.  

ANZMI don't doubt that DALE may have served in the RAAF and later joined the Army Reserve as he states, and the evidence confirms his claim that he attended RMC as the 'oldest reserve officer to have completed Officer training'. That is where we have evidence which links him to the Queensland University Regiment (QUR) but there are a number of inconsistencies with his 'military' story.

Here is an image of DALE from his Twitter Page. Note that he is younger, and wearing the badge of the Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps (RAAOC). In the later picture (above he is wearing the badge of the Royal Australian Regiment. It is plausible that at sometime during this Army Reserve Career, he transferred from the RAAOC to Infantry, but it is highly doubtful he ever deployed as an Infantry Officer.



Nowhere in any of his personal blogs, or career summaries has DALE made any reference to a deployment overseas which would attract the award of the AASM and the ICB (remembering the 90 day requirement). There are no photographs of him in a 'Warlike' pose, whilst on deployment to operational zone that would warrant these awards. The only person who can answer this conundrum is DALE himself. ANZMI has irrefutable evidence that confirms DALE has never deployed overseas, and he has no entitlement to the medals and awards he is wearing, with the exception of the Australian Defence Medal (ADM).

Turning now to the picture that DALE uses to support his claim of being a RAAF UH-1H Crewman.



While the second image is blurred because its size cannot be increased, the reader will see the similarity of the images with that provided below.

He also has used that image (albeit cropped and in colour) on his Facebook Profile Page.



Closer inspection of the image used by DALE (above) raised a number of concerns and there appears to be evidence that the face of person has been cropped or photo shopped. If you examine the black and white image against the colourised version, it can be seen that it is the same photograph. But is it? Here is the genuine image obtained from the records of the Australian War Memorial (AWM).



Above is a genuine image of Cpl Dennis Fredrick Olsen A18781 who flew with No 9Sqn in Vietnam and was awarded a Mentioned in Despatches (MID).

Here are both images together.



It can be seen that the face has been photo shopped onto the pose of Cpl Olsen, but apart from the pose, if you look closely you will see a number of similar points of reference, including teeth (Olsen's teeth are not seen in the original), position of hands, helmet and pilots seat configuration. A closer look will also show that the cropped image failed to remove a small tuft of hair from the top of DALE's head but does appear in the original image.

Clearly, DALE has used an official AWM image from the Vietnam War and firstly, used it to deceive people who purchase his books into believing the image is of himself (hence making it so small). Secondly, and most significantly for ANZMI, he has photo shopped his own image onto an official photograph in order to have people believe he was a RAAF Helicopter Crewman. A role he never had.

DALE has stated in a number of forums that he is a client of DVA and in receipt of a TPI pension. While it is possible to receive this benefit while not having seen active service there must be doubt regarding the circumstances of his injury that DALE provided to DVA to secure his TPI status.

ANZMI has uncovered a series of Facebook posts from DALE to a ‘DVA Entitlements’ page and they make for some interesting reading.
In an early post, DALE sets the scene in by making a call for help which is answered by numerous page followers expressing concern for his welfare.



Of course, DALE can’t talk about his experiences because of Government Policies. How many times has that one been used by a wannabe on our website?



Like all good story tellers though, when pressed DALE is prepared to give us a little bit of his ‘experience’. Does this story sound familiar?



Trouble is, DALE was never in the jungle setting claymore mines. But here’s the kicker, if you follow the link he provides in his post, it will take you a place where you can buy his books!

Facebook can be a trap for the wannabe, and DALE is no exception. A simple question about his flying career in the RAAF exposed him for what he is. The aircraft in the photograph DALE uses as his own is a UH-1B (Bravo) model Iroquois, not a D model as he states. The RAAF did fly UH-1D’s for a short time before they were superseded by the UH-1H, all of this occurring before DALE even joined the RAAF. If he were a Crewman as he states, he would have known that.



Author's Note: In the post (above) we believe Diana's should be DVA and is a case of Facebook Auto Correcting his text.

Drew DALE is a fraud and a wannabe. He wears a prestigious RAAF Aircrew Brevet without any entitlement to do so. He wears Honours and Awards which he has no entitlement in the form of the ICB and Crewmans Brevet and medals which are doubtful and worse still, he has used a genuine image of a RAAF Vietnam hero to advance his own personal gain.

Drew DALE has claimed to be in receipt of a TPI Pension form DVA. If he is prepared to photo shop his image onto a genuine photograph of a decorated Veteran simply to perpetuate the lie that he was a RAAF Helicopter Crewman, and wear medals and awards which he has no entitlement, what else has he done? ANZMI can only wonder what stories were spun to gain that benefit and will be reporting him to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

There is nothing lower than a valour thief and Drew DALE is definitely that. He may have had limited success as an author putting his spin on words, but let’s see him spin his way of our Website.

Surname: Oscar
Christian Names: ?
Country: Australia
State or Province: New South Wales
City or Town: Sydney
Case Notes:

 

Oscar would not get an Oscar, for his portrayal of an Australian Army Officer.

Oscar advertises his charms to lure vulnerable ladies and maybe gentlemen to his lair on a dating website, known as "Bumble" . Here is a graphic display of his persona wearing the "uniform" of an Australian Army Colonel.


Notice that Oscar's uniform is out of synchronicity. He has failed to wear his lanyard, wears two different collar badges, and is bereft of two Colonel's collar Gorgets. Oscar wears the fake uniform to prove his claims, that he is an Army Jet Pilot, who has flown off Air Craft Carriers. The photograph in fact proves that he is not an Australian Army Colonel.

Oscar needs to be more diligent with his subterfuge, as any Army recruit can pick the anomalies. The simple ones are:

There are no Jet aircraft in the Australian Army and never has been.
If there were, no person of the rank of Colonel would be a "Jet Jockey"
Claims to have been at Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1983. He was not there.
Wears "Tom Cruise" sunglasses as explained below:


Oscar is also a Search and Rescue Chopper pilot when he is not zipping on and off aircraft carrier decks:


Whilst Oscar's machinations are hilariously funny to any reasonable person, there is the down side to this behaviour. Oscar brings the Defence and ex Defence fraternities, into disrepute with the audacious lies told on Bumble. His behaviour is dishonest, and brings disrespect to vulnerable people, who innocently respond to his ridiculous impersonation of an Australian Army Officer.

We have published this, without knowing Oscar's surname, however, we are confident that he will be identified, and he can be humiliated in the same manner he intended to humiliate vulnerable respondents to the Bumble website.

Oscar is grounded with ignominy.

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