Proud moment for local airman

Former Federal Member for Lyne Mark Vaile presented five of his consituents with the Australian Defence Medal at in Taree on July 23 and local airman Phillip Gammon stood proudly among them.

Mr Vaile said the Defence Medal recognised ‘the service and sacrifice that defence personnel have made in protecting our nation’s interests and way of life.’

“It is through their contributions that Australia continues to be a free and fair country today,” he said.

Mr Gammon from Camden Head said he was grateful to receive recognition for his time spent with the Australian Defence Force.

“I was in the Royal Australian Air Force for ten and a half years,” Philip said.

“I was initially a member of the Engineer Cadet Squadron at RAAF Frognall in Canterbury in Victoria, where I obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology,” he said.

“After graduating I was then posted to an Aircraft Depot at RAAF Richmond, where I became Officer in Charge of General Engineering Maintenance Flight.

“My final few years in the RAAF were at Headquarters Logistics Command in Melbourne, where I held positions in the Directorate of Aircraft Engineering then the Directorate of Logistics, Quality, Planning and Evaluation,” he said.

It was clear that courage was a trait that ran in the family after Mr Gammon said his father Dr Roger Gammon received a medal recently for general service in the Arabian Peninsula.

“Dad got his medal 50 years after he was over there,” Philip said.

“He did national service with RAFF in England and during his time served two years in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf,” he said.

Mr Gammon said anyone who had served their time in the Defence Force, were entitled to a medal.

In Taree the medals were also awarded to Richard Borg, Percival Clapham (deceased), Edward Fresen and Julius Schilpzand.

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