Date of Entry: 01/01/20xx
Surname: Cokanauto
Christian Names: Fane Stephanie
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service #: 8500737
Service: RAN
Branch: Communications
Commencement of service: 07 Mar 05
Completion of service: Still Serving
Case Notes:




Leading Seaman Fane Stephanie Cokanauto is currently serving in the Royal Australian Navy. Cokanauto enlisted in 2005 and has been posted to various Shore Establishments and Ships of the RAN.

In 2009, Cokanauto was awarded the Australian Defence Medal for her service.

In the above photograph, Cokanauto is wearing the Australian Active Service Medal, the Iraq Medal and the Australian Defence Medal.

The Australian Active Service Medal was authorised in 1988 to recognise prescribed service in warlike operations. Cokanauto is also wearing the Iraq Medal which denotes qualifying military service in that theatre. Leading Seaman Cokanauto claims that she was awarded these medals for her service on HMAS Ballarat.

However, we are reliably informed that Cokanauto was posted to that ship when it returned to Sydney from it's active service deployment in the Middle East on the 1 September, 2006. The ship had 6 months active service accredited from March, 2006 until 1 September, 2006. This completed the Navy's 36th individual Ship deployment to Middle East service since 1990. Cokanauto was not a crew member on that deployment.

Unfortunately for Cokanauto, she has not been officially awarded with either medal.

Her only entitlement is the Australian Defence Medal. The other two have been purchased at a Medals Shop or on the internet.

We do not get pleasure out of exposing current serving Australian Defence Force men and women on this site for blatantly wearing medals/ribands that they have not earned. It always amazes us at Anzmi as to how a current member of any of our services can expect to get away with wearing purchased medals/ribands that have not been earned and awarded to them.

You only have to view our site regarding Lieutenant Commander Brian Stanley Ferrie, who was a current Naval Commissioned Officer teaching Recruits at HMAS Cerberus, the Naval Recruiting Establishment in Melbourne, Victoria. Ferrie for some considerable time was fraudulently wearing the Australian Vietnam Medal Riband and the Vietnam Campaign Medal Riband that had not been awarded to him on his Commissioned Officer's uniform.

He survived our exposure, was reprimanded, fined a trivial amount and is still serving. The Royal Australian Navy has set a precedent with Lieutenant Commander Ferrie, so Leading Seaman Cokanauto should have no problems with this exposure due to that precedent.

We also have on site Flying Officer Graham Slingsby, currently of the Royal Australian Air Force who was exposed for fraudulently wearing a National Commendation for Brave Conduct on his Commissioned Officers uniform. We understand that this matter is still under investigation.

It is an offence to wear military decorations that have not been officially awarded to you and the fines can be severe.

If you have to buy it, you haven't earned it. Simple as that.

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