Russo

Date of Entry: 20/11/2017
Surname: Russo
Christian Names: Ross James
Country: Australia
State or Province: Queensland
City or Town: Clifton Beach
Service #: 8088419
Service: Australian Army
Branch: Infantry
Commencement of service: Jul 07
Completion of service: Feb 09
Case Notes:

ACTUAL SERVICE.

Service No. 8088419.

Service: Trainee Rifleman Australian Army Reserves.

Branch. Infantry.

Commencement of Service. July, 2007.

Completion of Service. February, 2009.

Ross James Russo, born 30 November, 1967, of Clifton Beach, North Queensland, is a Medal Cheat, and a Valour Thief. His claims include suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), due to his Special Operational Service in Iraq as an Engineer in the Australian Army and the Royal Australian Navy. (RAN). He blames the PTSD disability for his irrational behaviour. However, his name does not appear on the Department of Veterans Affairs Iraq Nominal Roll.

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The above photograph depicts Russo in a Queensland Corrective Services uniform. This photograph appeared in the Queensland Government Newsletter and was titled “Corrections News.” July, 2009 Issue. He graduated as a Recruit Corrective Services Officer on 8 May, 2009.

In the photograph he is wearing on his uniform,

 

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1. The Australian Active Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Active Service Medal/ribbon is an Australian Military Decoration. It was authorised 13 September 1988 to recognise prescribed service in warlike operations. It is awarded with a clasp to denote the prescribed operation and subsequent awards of the medal are made in the form of additional clasps. Wikepedia.

2. Australian Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Australian Service Medal/ribbon was approved in 1988, and may be awarded for service in, or in connection with a prescribed non-warlike operation.

3. Defence Force Long Service Medal Ribbon. NOT ENTITLED.

The Defence Force Long Service Medal/ribbon may be awarded to a member who has, on or after 14 February 1975, completed 15 years qualifying remunerated service in the Australian Defence Force. This includes efficient service in Permanent and Reserve Forces. Clasps are awarded for each further periods of five years efficient service.

Strangely, if the medal/ribbons were officially awarded, he would also be wearing the Iraq Campaign Medal/ribbon. Maybe it got lost in the post!

Unfortunately for Mr Russo, his Australian Defence Force Service, as depicted by the ribbons worn on his Corrective Services shirt is a lie. He has not been awarded any of the medals/ribbons he wears. He has purchased them and placed them on his Queensland Corrective Services uniform to big note himself.

Russo was a member of the part time Australian Army Reserves for a short time. He enlisted as a Recruit in July, 2007. He completed basic training, was engaged as a Trainee Rifleman, and resigned in February, 2009, a period of 20 months.

That was about the end of his illustrious military career. He was never a member of the permanent Australian Regular Army, let alone serve as a Special Forces member as an Engineer in the Australian Army. His short 20 months enlistment period would not permit the issue of the Australian Defence Medal to him for his service, unless he was medically discharged.   However, we believe that he resigned.   He was a Trainee Rifleman when he resigned.

 

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The above photograph is Russo carrying out his Australian Army Reserve Training.

Russo claims to others that he was a Military Police Officer in the Australian Army for 8 years. That statement is a lie.
He also claims that he was a member of 3 Battalion - Royal Australian Regiment.. That statement is also a lie.
His Linkedin page, now deleted, stated that he had 25 years experience “Special Operations” in Defence and the Queensland Police.

You guessed it! That is also a lie.

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Further inquiries of Russo regarding his wearing of unearned and un-awarded medal/ribbons, resulted in him stating that he was also in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and served in Iraq in a Naval “Marine Technical” role.. He stated that he served in the RAN from 1988 to 1994.(6 years) He quoted his Navy Service number as S143973. By his own admission (6 years service), he is not entitled to the Defence Force Long Service medal/ribbon for 15 years military service.

ANZMI are in possession of signed statements of fact, that state Russo has made the following claims about his military service in the Australian Defence Force, and the Queensland Police Force. These claims were made by Russo at meetings, and in conversations to others at the Mareeba Hospital Queensland, where he has been employed as an Operations Services Supervisor for about six years.

Witness 1. Russo stated,

1. That he was in the Australian Army for 3 years and had served in Afghanistan.
2. That he was in the Queensland Police Force for 17 years.

Witness 2. Russo stated,

3. That he was in the Army and served in Afghanistan and then he joined the Police Force.
4. That he injured his knees while parachuting out of planes in Afghanistan

Witness 3. Russo stated,

5. That he served in the Australian Regular Army as an MP (Military Police Officer) for 8 years, and also served in 3 RAR (Royal Australian Regiment), Infantry, for 3 years.

Russo was contacted and was given an opportunity to respond to the allegations of false military service claims. His response is below. He stated that this is his service record.

1988 – 1994 – Royal Australian Navy S143973 – Marine Technical
1994 - 2000 – Queensland Corrective Services – Custodial Correctional Officer
2000 – 2009 – Queensland Police Service – Operational Officer
2009 – Current – Queensland Health"


Russo appears to have his dates confused. The Corrective Services photograph of him taken at his graduation in May, 2009, is inconsistent with his claims of being a Queensland Police Officer from 2000 to 2009, when he then joined Queensland Health. Also it is odd, that he does not mention Australian Regular Army or Reserve Force Service, that would cover his alleged time in Afghanistan.

He also appears confused with his above LinkedIn entry where he claims Special Operations with Australian Defence Force and Queensland Police Service.

Queensland Police Service

1984 - 2009 – (25 years.)

Russo has also stated to others that he served in the Royal Australian Navy in Iraq in a Special Forces role. That is also not true.

He was requested to provide a copy of his Discharge Certificate or Certificate of Service that would prove that he was a returned Iraq or Afghanistan serviceman. He declined and then abused ANZMI in a series of objectionable emails.

Russo is a person who just tells lies when it suits him. He has no credibility. He was never a full time member of the Australian Regular Army. He did not serve in Iraq, or Afghanistan, on operational service in either capacity as an Engineer or anything else. His 20 months part time Reserve Force service as a Trainee Rifleman, was carried out in Australia. He was never qualified to the rank of Private Rifleman.

His current employers at Queensland Health should check Russo's resume and verify a few of his claimed prior qualifications, also his Defence and Police Service claims for his current role. They may get a surprise!

Russo has insulted genuine returned veterans from the Iraq War and Afghanistan War, by stealing their valour. He has also treated his former Corrective Services colleagues with contempt by wearing un-awarded medal/ribbons in their graduation class photograph in May, 2009, when he had no legal right to wear them.

Russo needs to make a public apology to not only his former Corrective Service colleagues, but also the veteran community in general.

Since Russo became aware that ANZMI was inquiring into his alleged military background, he has been a regular contributor of vitriolic comments about ANZMI , and its alleged members to a Face Book page, that defends shameless military valour thieves and medal cheats like Russo, and who are also named on this site.

Russo has also committed offences under the Australian Defence Act 1903 Sections 80A and 80B in respect to falsely representing himself to be a returned soldier, sailor or airman and wearing military service decorations that he is not entitled to wear.

DEFENCE ACT 1903 (EXTRACTS) The following extracts from the Defence Act 1903 apply to honours and awards:

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.

80B Improper use of service decorations

(1) A person is guilty of an offence if:

(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.

Russo is walking a fine line. It may well be that he could end up in the same Queensland prison as before, but in a different role from his Corrective Services held position in 2009.

We will be reporting Mr Russo to the appropriate authorities.

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