Major Matina Jewell – Australian Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Veterans Association (APPVA) Ambassador.Whenever you look at the APPVA, you see anomalies in the higher echelons of the organization.
Their senior executives have said that “they have no interest in ex Service traditions when it comes to Honours and Awards protocols”. Major Matina Jewell is named as the APPVA Ambassador and she wears unapproved medals with her very adequate Defence rack.
Jewell is wearing six authorized Defence Force medals, as well as two unapproved foreign medals:
Australian Active Service Medal 1975 – with two clasps: Middle East and International Coalition Against Terrorism (ICAT)
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
Australian Service Medal 1975 with two clasps: Solomon Islands I, Solomon Islands II
Australian Defence Long Service Medal
Australian Defence Service Medal
United Nations Medal – UNTSO with numeral 2
Unapproved foreign medals that should be worn on her right breast
Republic of Lebanon War Medal – Awarded for acts of bravery in war.
Republic of Lebanon Wounded in Combat Medal – Awarded to military personnel wounded in war.
Here are the two unapproved medals:
Jewell’s story is one of achievement and minor celebrity status, yet despite her success, she wears unapproved foreign medals spliced to her Defence rack. The foreign medals may have been hard earned but protocol demands she wear them on her right breast, and as an APPVA Ambassador, it behooves her to set an example and follow medals protocol.
The Governor Generals Department issues Gazettes detailing which foreign medals may be approved to be worn with Defence Force medals. Here are extracts from that Gazette.
Below is an extract from the Schedule of Foreign Awards from Lebanon that may be approved. The medals worn by Jewell are not on the list:
As a result of a previous President of the APPVA Mr Paul Copeland being exposed as a medals cheat, we have had a landslide of reports and photographs illustrating the Cavalier attitude of senior members of the APPVA and we will show them on this web site one by one.
The Rank and File members of the APPVA must consider the behaviour of the higher echelons of their organization who are trashing the traditions and protocols that ex Servicemen have followed for One Hundred years
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