Note to Aust military: tell us about brave deeds

Photograph of Australia's Distinguished Service Medal

Why was this story of Aussie bravery kept quiet for two and a half years?

Dear Department of Defence, if it’s worth awarding two Distinguished Service Medals for, it’s a story worth telling. Particularly as Australia involves itself in politically unpopular wars and the boys and girls who put their lives on the line need our support.

Surely you can tell enough of the story to inspire the kiddies without “revealing operational secrets”. Hell, I’d love to record this kind of oral history!

Releasing the news this week makes it look like you’re trying to distract us from that awful helicopter crash.

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