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Surname: Turner
Christian Names: Robin
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Gold Coast
Service: Australia Regular Army
Case Notes:


There is a popular belief among the Veterans community, and indeed the wider public that medals issued for service belong to the recipient to do with as they will.  

This belief is incorrect.

The statutes of most orders of knighthood and the royal warrants of decorations and medals include provision for the Queen to "cancel and annul" appointments and awards. Cancellation is considered in cases where retention of the appointment or award would bring the honours system into disrepute. There are no set guidelines for cancellations, which are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Honours are sometimes revoked (forfeited), for example if a recipient is subsequently convicted of a serious criminal offence.  From time to time the Honours Secretary and/or The Chief of the Defence Force consider cases where information has been received which indicates an individual is unsuitable to hold an award.  Sometimes the original decision to grant an honour was made on the basis of inaccurate information (including through manipulation of the public nominations system), but normally cases relate to actions that took place after the award was made. Recommendations are made to The Governor General who has delegated authority from Her Majesty the Queen to rescind an honour.


Robbie Turner


This is the case of Robin “Robbie” TURNER, a former soldier with 24 years’ service who, was announced as a recipient of the Commendation for Distinguished Service.   All was not as it seemed.   Unfortunately for Robbie, he found himself dismissed from the Army for grossly offensive behavior.

As a result, a decision was taken to revoke the award which had been published in the Commonwealth Gazette but not yet presented.

Despite the fact that it had never been formally presented, he took it upon himself to purchase a replica of the award and mount it to his rack.



Robin Turner


The award of concern is the Commendation for Distinguished Service (Above).

In an attempt to justify, or perhaps confuse the issue surrounding the presentation of the award, TURNER insists that he had been invited on two occasions to receive it.   Government House denies that any such invitation has been made to TURNER.   Given that Government House maintains meticulous records concerning investiture ceremonies, we at ANZMI are confident in the official advice provided.




ANZMI understands that this matter has already been referred to Police for investigation.   We hope that is correct.  

Robin TURNER is a fraud, he has no entitlement to wear such a prestigious decoration and given the circumstances surrounding his dismissal from the Army, the removal of all awards presented to him would seem appropriate.   The Regulations which cover each medal and award worn by TURNER provide for the removal of the award.   Hopefully, the Department of Defence might consider this action to be an appropriate one regarding this individual.  

ANZMI must whole heartedly acknowledge the outstanding investigative journalism of the Herald Sun’s Peter Mickelburough whose in depth reporting of this matter has led to TURNER being exposed for the fraud he is.   Mr. Mickleburough has been investigating this matter for over four years and his diligence is to be commended.   

ANZMI is pleased to know that main stream media takes as much interest in medal frauds and wannabes as we at ANZMI do.

Robin TURNER is a deserved candidate for our website.

Copied below are three reports by Peter Mickelburough regarding this matter.   These articles provide in depth detail of the investigation and importantly, the timeline involved in this matter.  The work done here proves that TURNER was well aware he was knowingly doing the wrong thing and despite that, and continued to wear an award he was not entitled to.   He has committed offences which should be investigated by police.     


Article 1

 Achievers stripped of their Australian honours after disgrace


January 19, 2014 12:00am 

A GOLD-medal winning world champion Paralympian, a war hero and a former world junior squash champion are the latest high-flyers to lose their ­Australian honours in disgrace.

As Governor-General Quentin Bryce prepares to ­announce more medals to mark Australia Day, the ­Sunday ­Herald Sun can reveal the latest awardees to join the list of 42 political leaders, entrepreneurs, sports stars, ­entertainers, fake war heroes and religious leaders deemed unfit to retain their honours.

Geelong athlete Daniel Bell handed back his gong in June, 10 months after pleading guilty to stalking and burglary ­charges in the Geelong Magistrates' Court.

Bell was awarded an Order of Australia medal for services to sport after winning swimming gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the Athens 2004 ­Paralympic Games.

His citation reads: "He brought great credit to himself, the Australian team and the nation."

Bell, who has Asperger's syndrome, ADHD and "obsessive behaviours", was placed on an 18-month community corrections order and rehabilitation programs to ­prevent reoffending.

His defence lawyer said Bell was "hearing voices and … was no longer in control of himself" at the time of his offending after an adverse reaction to a generic drug.

In November, the Governor-General also cancelled the Commendation for Distinguished Service made to former Major Robin Paul Turner. No reason was given.

The award is for the ­distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations and recognises command and leadership in military action.

The Governor-General's office refused to say why Turner's award was removed, saying that "due to security restrictions", details of some awards to Australian Defence Force personnel are not ­released to the public.

When asked if Turner was one of the so-called "Jedi council", an unidentified Defence spokesperson said: "On 14 November 2013, the Australian Army announced that it had terminated the ­service of six members in ­relation to the allegations of unacceptable behaviour.''

The award revocation was dated a day before the Jedi council ­announcement and ­released a day after.

The so-called "knights of the Jedi council" are alleged to have filmed and shared offensive emails, including sex acts.

The Sunday Herald Sun was unable to contact Turner.

Former junior world squash champion and head of Squash NSW Carin Clonda, 40, was stripped of her 2010 Order of Australia medal in September.

Ms Clonda confirmed the decision was linked to a scathing NSW Supreme Court judgment against her in 2012.

Justice Michael Pembroke found Ms Clonda had acted with "guile and deception" in changing a lease arrangement she had to hire facilities from NSW Squash headquarters in Sydney's northwest in 2008.

But Ms Clonda said she was the victim of a personal vendetta by NSW Squash.


Article 2

Disgraced former soldier Robin ‘Robbie’ Turner still wearing medal stripped after offensive behaviour


May 25, 2018 3:37pm

 A DISGRACED ex-soldier drummed out of the army for grossly offensive behaviour is facing possible jail for continuing to wear a distinguished service honour stripped from him more than four years ago.

Recent pictures of former major Robin “Robbie” Paul Turner, including one taken on Anzac Day this year, show him proudly wearing the Commendation for Distinguished Service decoration.

Another picture shows a beaming Mr Turner wearing the service decoration at a lunch held in the lead-up to Anzac Day to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans, where his company, Axon Property Group, sponsored the keynote speakers, including Victoria Cross winner Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith and Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath.

Ex-soldier Robin “Robbie” Turner (left) with the medal (far left) on Anzac Day 2017.



It is unclear where Mr Turner’s service decoration came from, as the cancellation occurred prior to him receiving any insignias.

The Department of Defence said the insignia could only be legally worn after it had been invested, and it understood this had not occurred in Mr Turner’s case.

The Government House Honours and Awards Secretariat, which manages the ­investiture of honours, said: “This office does not have any record of Mr Turner attending an investiture to receive his award, prior to its cancellation.”

When asked by the Herald Sun about the cancellation, Mr Turner said: “Yep, I remember it well, my friend. How do you know about it?”

He even acknowledged reading a 2014 Herald Sun report to this ­effect.

He acknowledged that he had been wearing a medal, claiming he had never been formally notified the award had been cancelled.

“As far as I was aware, I was entitled to wear it,” he said, adding he fully understood his responsibility and would now check and remove the medal if it had been ­cancelled.

“I fully respect and understand the significance and responsibility that goes with that sort of stuff,” he said.

The award is for the distinguished performance of ­duties in warlike operations and recognises command and leadership in military action.

Axon trades on Mr Turner’s military past to sell itself to defence personnel as an “Australian veteran-owned business” which specialises in helping defence force personnel use their housing entitlements to invest in property.


According to the Gold Coast company’s website, Mr Turner founded it and created its “commando approach to ­investing”.

“Robbie Turner, served our country for almost 24 years in the army and became a self-confessed property investment enthusiast since 2004,” the site boasts.

When Mr Turner’s commendation was cancelled in November 2013, no reason was given.

At the time, the Governor-General’s office cited “security restrictions” which prevent details of some awards to soldiers being made public.

It is a criminal offence for a person to wear a service ­decoration which was not conferred on them or to falsely represent themselves as such, with a maximum penalty of a $6300 fine, six months’ jail, or both.

Mr Turner’s lawyer said his client had been invited to two investitures but declined both and that it was common practice to wear replicas and keep originals safe.

Defence spokeswoman Jessica Skorupa said such matters were dealt with by the ­relevant police force.


Article 3

 Police investigate ‘fake’ medal worn by major drummed out of the army for disgraceful conduct


May 30, 2018 3:30pm

EXCLUSIVE: POLICE have been called in to investigate disgraced former army Major Robin Turner after a Herald Sun investigation revealed him using a “fake” bravery medal to further his business interests.

Drummed out of the army for grossly offensive behaviour, “Robbie” Turner now faces possible jail for wearing the decoration.

After the Herald Sun last week published pictures of Mr Turner proudly wearing the medal on ANZAC Day this year and last year, the Department of Defence said it had referred the matter to police.


Disgraced former soldier Robin "Robbie" Turner wearing a “fake” ochre-coloured Commendation for Distinguished Service Medal at a function to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans in the lead up to ANZAC Day 2018.

“The ADF Investigative Service has referred the matter to civilian police as it is within their jurisdiction,” a Defence spokesman said.

The ochre-coloured Commendation for Distinguished Service insignia Mr Turner is pictured wearing recognises command and leadership in military action.

It is unclear where Mr Turner’s medal came from, with both Defence and Government House

Honours and Awards Secretariat, which manages the investiture of honours, saying there is no record of Mr Turner ever receiving the insignia prior to his award being cancelled four-and-a-half years ago.

A beaming Mr Turner also posed for the camera with his dodgy decoration at a lunch held in the lead-up to Anzac Day to raise money for a memorial to fallen Afghanistan war veterans, where his company, Axon Property Group, sponsored the keynote speakers, including Victoria Cross winner Cpl Ben Roberts-Smith and Paralympic gold medallist Curtis McGrath.

Axon trades on Mr Turner’s military past to sell itself to defence personnel as an “Australian veteran-owned business” which specialises in helping defence personnel use their housing entitlements to invest in property using Mr Turner’s very own “commando approach to investing”.

When asked by the Herald Sun about the cancellation, Mr Turner said, “Yep, I remember it well, my friend. How do you know about it?” and even acknowledged reading a 2014 Herald Sun report to this effect.

He acknowledged that he had been wearing a medal, claiming he had never been formally notified the award had been cancelled.

Surname: Joyce
Christian Names: Michael John
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Redcliffe
Service #: A118447
Service: Royal Austtralian Air Force
Branch: Catering
Case Notes:


Michael John Joyce served with RAAF Number 1 Operational Support Unit in Vung Tau Vietnam for 91 days from 16 April 1970 until 15 July 1970 as a Cook. Here is a photograph of Joyce:

Michael Joyce

Notice that Joyce is wearing four medals these are:

Australian Active Service Medal
Vietnam Medal
Australian Defence Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (RVCM) - NOT ENTITLED

Joyce has made the mistake of being a cheat involved with the media and had his photograph published in a newspaper. As a result of his need for media fame it has been established that Joyce is not entitled to wear the RVCM because he did not meet the criteria of 181 days service in Vietnam and was not evacuated to Australia as a Battle Casualty. He served for 91 days only.


Here is the offending medal


Here is the official criterion for being awarded the medal.


Here is what Joyce said about the matter:

Dear xxx,
Yes i did not spend the required time in Vietnam And as you know there has at times been eligibility question I was Medivaced home. And subsequently was awarded The medal in question, this would be shown in the appropriate Records that are available to the public. I have previously Discussed this with fellow veterans, and the consensus was That if it was officially awarded then that would be that.

Yours Truly
Mick Joyce.

Wearing the medal on the basis of a consensus of fellow veterans was insufficient authority to attach the medal to his rack.

Like Joyce, most of those caught wearing this medal say "It was issued to them" In most cases that is baloney and it has been purchased by the wearer. Joyce wears four medals, he is entitled to three.

Returned Veterans will not tolerate those who cheat with medals. Being a returned veteran is a status hard won and the awards they receive are sacrosanct.

Herbert Alec Mason, President of a Victorian RSL Sub Branch, was another non battle casualty from Vietnam, who falsely claimed that he was issued with the VCM. 

We thank the genuine veterans and the many others throughout Australia, who through their diligence and observation are striving to preserve our medals protocols and heritage.

Joyce is welcomed to the website for being a medal cheat.


Surname: Sorensen
Christian Names: Derek Joh
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Ipswich
Service #: Not found
Case Notes:



Derek Sorensen


In the photographs above Sorensen is wearing a Special Air Service Regiment (SASR) sandy beret as well as some unidentified medals and an Infantry Combat Badge (ICB).

Derek Sorensen has never served in the Australian Defence Force. He is the son of a Special Air Service Trooper who served in the then Squadron at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne Western Australia in the early 1960s.

Here is what he has said about his fabled SAS service:


A prominent SAS veteran advised that no Trooper has been shot twice in the same leg in any SASR deployments. Sorensen has also been seen wearing a Medal of Gallantry (MG) and claims to have been involved in the Blackhawk tragedy near Townsville Queensland in June 1996.

Simply put, Sorensen is a liar, a fraud and wannabe. He has stolen the honour of the elite Troopers from the Special Air Services Regiment (SASR).

He has been spinning his yarns to loved ones, friends and work mates for many years. Wannabes should be aware that they will be exposed, and should understand that the false lives that they have created will crash down when their loved ones, friends and work mates read of their deception.

Sorensen has well earned a position with ANZMI where he will remain until at least the 200th anniversary of the Townsville Black Hawk disaster.

Surname: Chase
Christian Names: Paul
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Bundaberg
Service #: Claims 169221
Service: Australia Regular Army (ARA)
Branch: Claims Infantry
Commencement of service: 1979 & 2001
Completion of service: 1984 & 2005
Case Notes:

Australian citizens should be eternally grateful that we have heroic soldiers like Paul Chase secretly defending our freedom. Or so he would have you believe!

Paul Chase

Paul Chase, of Bundaberg Queensland, has never served in the Australian Defence Force in the Army, the part time Army Reserves or anywhere else.

Chase is a military fraud and a wannabee.

Paul Chase

Chase made application to join the Bundy Vets, a social "Drop in Centre" at Bundaberg, Queensland for military veterans and their families.

He produced the following Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia document as proof of his military service.


Chase claimed that he was a member of C Company - 9 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (RAR) from 1979 to 1982.

In 1973, 9 Battalion RAR combined with 8 Battalion RAR to form the new 8/9 Battalion RAR, which continued until it was disbanded in 1997. Chase should have researched his false claims more thoroughly, before declaring that he was a member of 9 Battalion in the years he stated. 9 Battalion RAR as such, did not exist.

The Regimental/service number he states as 169221 was never issued to him.

As there were a number of anomalies in the claims of Chase, he was subsequently requested to provide further details of his alleged military career.

He stated that he was a member of Delta Company 6 RAR, sniper – recon - when it was posted on active service in East Timor. He stated that he could not provide further details of his Timor service, including the year, due to the fact that his service was all “top secret”, and he was bound by the Official Secrets Act Section 21 C.

Although he claims to be bound by the “Official Secrets Act”, he has let slip to some Bundaberg locals that as a “recon sniper” in Delta Company 6 RAR, in East Timor, he was involved in "heavy close quarter fighting with the Timor Militia and came out on top."

It is interesting to note that when 6 RAR were deployed to East Timor in October 2003, this deployment was declared Non Warlike by the Australian Department of Defence. It was the final drawdown stage by the United Nations.


East Timor 2003

62. In October 2003, 6 RAR deployed on Op CITADEL to East Timor to relieve 1 RAR. Unlike the previous deployment during the build up of the United Nations Mission in East Timor (UNMISET) AUSBATT structure, this deployment coincided with the final drawdown phase of the UN mission and a corresponding WESTBATT structure. The Battalion deployed in a series of sub-unit rotations under the command of a reinforced BHQ.

63. In December 2003, Lieutenant Colonel S.F. Caughey assumed command of the Battalion in East Timor.

64. After nine months staggered deployment 6 RAR redeployed to Australia in May 2004 and the military component of the UNMISET effectively ceased.

Operation Citadel - East Timor was declared Non Warlike from 18 August 2003 and ongoing to the present day.

Chase claims active warlike service in 6 RAR as a “Recon sniper” from 2001 to 2005. 6 RAR did not deploy to East Timor in that period on warlike service. The Battalion did deploy on warlike service to East Timor in 2000 on Operation Tanager, however, Chase according to his own service claims, was not a member of the Australian Army at that time.

Chase has also told people in Bundaberg that he cannot remember his pm keys number. These are personal allocated Australian Defence Force service numbers that individual personnel do not forget. Ever.

When asked for further proof of his military service, he produced a photograph on his mobile phone that depicted a CD (Compact Disc) with his name on it. Of course he said that all the information on the disc was “top secret” and that he could not disclose the details to any person. Again, the Official Secrets Act was mentioned.

It is also of interest here to acknowledge that Australia does not have legislation titled the “Official Secrets Act” . There is a Commonwealth/Federal Crimes Act that deals with releasing Government top secret documents unlawfully.

Chase was also asked by residents of Bundaberg, why he was not wearing his medals on Anzac Day, 25 April, 2018. He stated that he left them at home in protest for all those who suffer PTSD. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)

ANZMI contacted Chase and invited him to respond to allegations that his claim of top secret service in the Australian Army in East Timor and everywhere else is false. He decided not to respond to our request. Perhaps it is because he is still bound by the non-existent Official Secrets Act. Perhaps it is because he is a military fraud. The reader can be the judge of that.

If you live in Bundaberg, Queensland, and you see Paul Chase, ask to view his Australian Army Discharge Certificate. That document will disclose his overseas active service postings, medal and badge entitlements. It will be interesting to see his response.

Welcome to the ANZMI website, Paul Chase, a "Top Secret Imposter"


Surname: Sardon
Christian Names: Mathew
Country: Australia
State or Province: Western Australia
City or Town: Perth
Service: Australian Regular Army
Branch: Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
Commencement of service: 01/06/2012
Completion of service: 27/02/2015
Case Notes:


Mathew Sardon enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on the 1 June, 2012. Following initial training, he was posted to 4 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery as an observer

Sardon is a classic military imposter. He is a wannabee, valour thief and medal cheat.

He is also a failed soldier who never deployed outside Australia during his 2 years and 8 months in the ARA. He subsequently transferred to the Australian Army part time Reserves, (ARes), where his services were terminated in June 2016.

Yet, to look at his impressive rack of medals, anyone would naturally conclude that he is/was a highly decorated member of the Australian Defence Force, who has been deployed on dangerous war like service.

In the below photographs, Sardon wears the following medals -;



1. Australian Active Service Medal with two clasps - Afghanistan and Iraq.
2. Afghanistan Medal
3. Iraq Medal.
4. Australian Defence Medal.
5. NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Medal. Operation Slipper, Afghanistan.

Above his medals he is wearing the -;

6. Australian Infantry Combat Badge. (ICB)
7. The Australian Returned from Active Service Badge. (RASB)

Sardon is not entitled to wear any of the medals or the two badges mentioned above.

He has purchased the entire lot to fraudulently represent himself to others that he is the real deal, a returned veteran with an impressive Australian Defence Force career. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In the below exchange, Sardon infers that he is deployed on warlike service with United States Marines. It seems that this imposter will resort to any means available to maintain a façade to others about his false military service.


Sardon 3

We have statements that Sardon did not complete one bush training exercise during his limited regular Army service, due to his unsuitability to Army life.

Not everyone is suited to the harsh realities of Australian Defence Force service, and ANZMI is not critical of Sardon’s inability to carry out his allotted field duties.

However, ANZMI is critical of Sardon’s poor decisions to embellish his service and create a false military history to gain benefits and undeserved recognition, by stealing the valour of others who have “done the hard yards”

Due to his dishonest and illegal behaviour, Mathew Sardon has now gained deserved recognition on this site.

Sardon has committed offences under the Defence Act 1903, Sections 80A and 80B.
(Falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier and improper use of service decorations.).

ANZMI will continue to ferret out these imposters for as long as they offend, and for as long as we have the support of the Australian and New Zealand veteran community and the general public.

Surname: Shelley
Christian Names: Tony
Country: Solomon Islands
State or Province: Guadalcanal
City or Town: Solomon Islands
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Royal Australian Army Ordanance Corps
Commencement of service: November 1995
Completion of service: January 2007
Case Notes:


According to Troy Shelley, he was a multi skilled Special Forces Sergeant participating in missions and deployments to far flung corners of the Earth.



Here is what Shelley has committed to print about his military career.


Notice that he has written "Royal Australian Army Intelligence Corps" If he had ever served in that Corps he would know that there is no "Royal" in that Corp name. It is "Australian Army Intelligence Corps" (AAIC). He was never in the AAIC and he was never a Sergeant of any kind in the Australian Army.

Here are the chilling and dangerous deployments where he infers to have “fought” .


Shelley is not listed on any of the Nominal Rolls of various Army deployments. Of course, the "nature" of his "Special Operations and Intelligence work" could be the reason he has been ommitted from lists of those who served in Iraq, Somalia, Rwanda etc. The real reason is that he was never there.

The truth is, that Troy is a liar, cheat and wannabe of a very high calibre. His friends and acquaintances believe that they know a heroic ex Special Forces Sergeant with a cavalier personality. The truth is that he has deceived his friends and lives a “Walter Mitty” life.

Whilst Troy promotes himself as a tough veteran who has “been through the mill” many times over, the truth is that he did serve in the Headquarters of a Special Operations unit, however his duties were that of a Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps clerk and his duties were sedentary. He was an office worker.

We asked Shelley to prove his service and he responded with an image of a security pass. which he claimed proved his special operations service of multiple overseas deployments, but, in fact, all it proved was that he worked at a Headquarters in Australia. Usually, when departing a security establishment, these passes are handed back.

It appears that Shelley may have forgot. In any case, it is very handy for him to convince inexperienced "friends" of his dark past.



We asked Shelley to provide evidence of his service. Three snippets of information were received from him.

Hi XX,
Sorry, as I do not know you and the work I did in the Military with Spec Ops and Intelligence. I am currently not willing to pass that information over.

Hi XX,
Yes I was in intelligence was highly cleared and served time with Head Quarters (sic) Special Operations (now Special Operations Command) May I ask why you are wanting to know my background?

I can also show a declassified version of my Soldier Medallion for Op Pollard for you need some more prove (sic)…. I hope the ID Card is all you need….. I understand and do not wish to have any problems with a fellow digger… Hope you understand.

Here are details about Operation Pollard:

Operation POLLARD

Australia: 15 Feb 1998 – 1 October 2001.

AO: All sea, airspace and land North and West from 5 deg 00 min S 68 deg 00 min E and encompassing the outer boundaries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and Kenya.
As tensions grew high between Saddam Hussein and American President Bill Clinton during the simmering Gulf Conflict, the Australian Government was requested to provide military assistance to the United States-led Coalition Force in the Middle East.

Deployed: 1 x B707 Air Refuellers and crews, SAS Squadron, one ADF liaison officer. Total approx 200.
Veterans’ Entitlements Determination dated 17 September 2001: Non-warlike Service.
Awards & Qualifying Periods: Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp 'IRAQ'. Alloted 7 days/ Assigned 30 days.

Shelley may have, as a clerk, sorted some papers or did some typing about Operation Pollard, but he was never deployed to the Middle East or anywhere else at anytime during his service.

Being an Administration Clerk in the Army is a responsible and satisfying job. To be selected requires above average intelligence and an aptitude for that kind of work. Shelley should have been happy and proud of the job that he did in the Army, however it appears that his "Walter Mitty" gene kicked in, and he invented an entire new history for himself.

People who create an exaggerated false military history for themselves, will feel the wrath of the returned veteran community and also the acrimony from friends when they realise that they have been lied to.

Troy Shelley has enjoyed the kudos for many years of heroic false pretence. He can now endure criticism for his behaviour as he resides on this website in the company of hundreds of others of his ilk.

Welcome Troy.

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