Entries with Surname (Title)s starting with 'S'
When we are hit with disasters from time to time, we all know we can rely on community service groups such as the State Emergency Service (SES). These men and women give up much of their own time and energy to support fellow citizens in times of great need. Robert Suba is one such man with a long involvement in the SES at Victor Harbour in South Australia and for that he is to be applauded. Unfortunately, like many others in emergency service work, Mr Suba does not seem to understand the protocol in place when it comes to the wearing of medals.
In the above photo, taken at a formal commemorative service in Victor Harbour, we can see displayed on Suba’s chest, from left to right, the National Medal with 2 clasps, the Australian Defence Medal, the South Australia Emergency Services Medal, the SES Long Service Medal and the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer Medal.
This is a pretty impressive rack and the 2 clasps to Suba’s National Medal, indicate that he has over 35 years of community service, something he should rightly feel proud of.
However, only 2 of the medals, the National Medal and the ADM, are allowed to be displayed on the left side of the chest. These are official Australian National Medals and protocol dictates that they not be mixed for display with other Sate/Territory, or commemorative medals.
The protocol is clearly outlined on the Australian Government’s official awards and decoration website, It’s an Honour www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/awards/wearing.cfm
Similarly, the protocol is also laid out on the South Australian SES website at www.ses.sa.gov.au/public/download.jsp?id=71598
And as Mr Suba is also a member of the Victor Harbour RSL Sub-branch, had he checked the RSL’s own site, he would also have been made aware of how decorations and awards are to be displayed. www.rslsa.org.au/customdata/index.cfm?fu...emID=5159&OrgID=1113
The bottom line is that there is no excuse for anyone to be wearing a mixture of Official National medals, State awards and commemorative ‘tin’ medals.
To his credit Robert Suba promptly responded to our query regarding the medals he was wearing in the photograph. He told us that at the time of adding the SA Emergency Services medal, the SES had not completed its dress code regarding the wearing of medals. However, after reading the current SES protocol he now understands the correct and official protocol and has given an undertaking that he will rectify the mounting of his official and State decorations.
Suba’s case is yet another example of both ESO’s and emergency service organisations either being unaware of, or choosing to ignore, the protocols which exist regarding awards and decorations. This is a constant issue for us at ANZMI and perhaps it is time for organisations affected by this to send out a written reminder to their members on what is required.
Raymond Francis Sullivan was born 1944. In March, 1968, at 24 years of age, he commenced compulsory National Service Training in the Australian Army. Subsequent to his National Service commitment, Sullivan continued part time service with the Army Reserve. Below is his National Service record.
In the next image, Sullivan can be seen wearing (Court Mounted in fact), the following medals:
1. The Reserve Forces Medal (Entitled);
2. Australian Defence Medal (Entitled);
3. Anniversary of National Service Medal (Entitled); and
4. National Service tin purchased unofficial medal. (Not entitled to be worn with official medals)
Sullivan is another example of a member of the Australian National Servicemen's Association adding a tin unofficial medal to his two genuinely awarded medals.
This ‘tin’ is not, nor has it ever been an official medal.
He served his time, he completed his required duty as did hundreds of thousands of other National Servicemen. He should be satisfied with that. There is no need to purchase tin medals and add them to his genuinely awarded medals. Doesn't make sense.
It is also a concern that he was able to get the medals Court Mounted. Any reputable Medal Mounter would refuse to mount official medals with tin rubbish but it is clear from the photograph that a dubious medal mounter is out there somewhere.
The pages of the ANZMI website are littered with examples of National Servicemen like Sullivan, who just cannot be satisfied with the official recognition their service warrants. Just have a look at the following ANZMI cases:
Unfortunately, there are many, many more on or website.
The National Servicemen's Association of Australia have to get their act in order and discipline their members for ignoring long established medals protocols, in order to maintain respect and dignity within the Australian Defence Force and Veteran community.
Welcome to our website Raymond Sullivan.
Grant Francis SUTTON of Brisbane, Queensland is another modern day wannabe claiming to have served on combat operations and being a qualified member of 1 Commando Regiment.
Grant SUTTON was first spotted at the Beenleigh Returned and Services League (RSL) Queensland on Remembrance Day 2012 with a few other members of the Military Brotherhood Military Motor Cycle club (MBMMC) and on a number of other occasions wearing various medals and embellishments for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Medals and Badges
As can be seen from the photograph, they are;
Australian Active Service Medal 1975 (not entitled)
Afghanistan Medal (not entitled)
Iraq Medal (not entitled)
Australian Service Medal 1975 (not entitled)
Defence Long Service Medal (not entitled) (min 15 years’ service required)
Australian Defence Medal entitled
Above the medals he is wearing the AIRN (Army Individual Readiness Badge) which is only worn by serving members on certain uniforms and not on civilian dress.
ICB (Infantry Combat Badge) (not entitled)
RASB (Returned from Active Service Badge) (not entitled)
Note he has no awards for East Timor.
He was spoken to at the Beenleigh RSL and as a result the following email was sent to the MBMMC as follows;
From: xxxxxxx [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, 7 March 2013 2:28 PM
Hi, I'd like to express my concerns over one of your members that was at the xxxxxxxxx RSL on Thursday 7 march.
It is Grant "Sutto", I'm assuming Sutton is his last name. I recall from Remembrance Day 2012 he attended the RSL with a few of your other members wearing various medals and embellishments for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has frequented the RSL since that time, wearing a vest with the various military brotherhood patches on, I couldn't help but ask him why he was wearing his Infantry Combat Badge on the right for which he could give no plausible reason. Upon hearing his responses I asked him where he'd served out of curiosity, to be told 1CDO REGT Iraq in early 2003 and Afghanistan. I then replied that 1CDO REGT did not deploy to Iraq, then he mumbled and said that he deployed to Iraq with Bcoy 6RAR early 03 not 1CDO. After I told him 6RAR did not deploy to Iraq until dec 2004 and that Bcoy was nonexistent during the timeframe as it was the battalion training team "BTT" he replied "I know what you’re doing". I do not know what he meant by that, I then asked him where else did he serve. He told me he went to East Timor in 99 with Bcoy 6RAR, Bcoy 6 did not deploy to Timor until April 2000 and he is not on the nominal roll nor does he wear East Timor medals reflecting service during that timeframe.
Is this member of yours legitimate or a fraud? There are huge inaccuracies in what he has said and that is the only reason it has made me genuinely concerned for your club, the RSL and the wider veteran community. For obvious reasons discretion needs to exercised on this matter.
On 08/03/2013, at 9:04 AM, "National Headquarters" <email@example.com> wrote: xxx, Appreciate your concerns and thanks for the email. I'll take it from here and sort things out. Mucho Club President MBMMC XXXXXXXXXX
From: xxxxxxx (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Friday, 8 March 2013 10:09:13 AM
To: National Headquarters (email@example.com)
Thanks Mucho, Please keep me updated on the outcome as it does concern all and I wouldn't want his name tarnished if it turns out he's genuine.
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We also sent emails to the MBMMC regarding SUTTON and these are the three replies received:
10 April 2013
Currently I have a request into CARO to check him out. So I would ask that you hold off until I have obtain information from them.
As far as wearing any medals, no he does not until our checks are confirmed either way.
Early on when he joined our Club he did wear medals, but has been advised to remove them until checks are in.
Hoping you’ll work with us for the moment, and I’ll update you on this situation.
12 April 2013
Our process is that our Club application form is the authority from the member (signed with consent provisions).
That went in to CARO some time ago, plus a photograph of him. Nothing back to date.
However, I will reiterate that he does not wear any medals until we confirm his eligibility.
2 July 2013
Still awaiting Honours and Awards (H&A). His Defence service has been confirmed in writing by CARO.
As he has Defence service he qualifies as a member – for now.
He does not wear any medals, as directed by us, until H&A clear this issue one way or the other.
As far as wearing his Commando beret, have not seen that since he was spoken to. If he is doing so outside our Club, not sure, but I will speak with him.
I would urge you to hold off with any webside posting until we get confirmation from H&A.
Grant SUTTON like many wannabes in the world of computers uses social media like Facebook to lavishly praise his false military history and posted real photos taken on operations and most likely obtained by him from military magazines or a web site to deceive people into believing they are photographs of him serving on operations.
Grant SUTTON was contacted on Facebook and the following chat recorded;
These are two photographs which were posted on his Facebook page to deceive people into thinking he had served on active operations when in fact he was never deployed to an operational area and he admitted to that in the recorded chat.
The problem with social media is that you must tell the truth, as other people who know you, and served with you in the Australian Defence Forces can recognize your lies.
As a result of what he posted on his Facebook page and claims he has made to people that know him, we received information about some of Sutton’s claims.
He secured the beaches of East Timor while the navy deployed troops and equipment into Dili Harbour and he was taking on the TNI (name for the Indonesian military forces, Tentara Nasional Indonesia) with members of the Australian SAS Regiment. He was also involved in operations with an elite Commando unit in Iraq.
On another occasion:
During an official function at the MBMMC involving local and federal politicians, members and guests, Sutton gave an emotional presentation about his involvement in “Special Operations” in East Timor and Iraq, and in “Black Operations” in “other places that are just too painful to talk about”. He said after putting his Commando Beret away
“I just don’t want to know about it anymore, I don’t wear my medals now because it is too painful, and I can’t stand wearing them because they are a painful reminder of the bad times.”
The above statement by Sutton is false and was made most likely because he knew he had been caught out.
From the wealth of information we received from people that know him, read his Facebook page or received an email about him through networks within the veteran community, we have managed to piece together a more accurate description of his military service.
Initially he spent several years with 8th/7th Battalion, The Royal Victorian Regiment (8/7 RVR Army Reserves). He transferred to 1 Commando Regiment (Army Reserves), in the late 1990’s, though this only lasted approximately six months before he returned to 8/7 RVR. He transferred to 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment as he has stated on his Facebook page in 1999-2000 again for approximately six months before being discharged..
Members who are posted to 1 Commando Regiment wear the blue beret and badge till they have carried out the required training, courses and tests to qualify to wear the green Commando beret. Because he was serving part time and was only there for a very short period of time, we doubt very much that he would have been able to complete the required criteria to qualify him to wear the Commando beret.
An example of the requirements for the Citizen Military Forces (now Army Reserves) Commando Companies in Sydney and Melbourne can be seen below. The requirements and tests varied over the years up to the present requirement were both Army Reserve and Regular Commandos have to complete the same courses to be qualified to wear the green beret and able to serve on active service.
Grant Francis SUTTON the medals you have worn are not yours or are self-purchased fakes. You have shown that you lack honour, integrity and respect for those who earn them the hard way. You have insulted all veterans who served in those campaigns and in particular to the Special Forces veterans by pretending to be a qualified Commando.
With your disgusting behaviour and lies, no apology can satisfy the veterans you have disrespected and insulted. You have earned a right to appear on our site where you have been given a life sentence.
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