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Defence Honours & Awards

General Information

International Women’s Day 2018 feature:
Colonel Michelle McGuinness CSC

Colonel Michelle McGuinness CSC was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Australia Day 2018 Honours list for outstanding achievement in leadership.

Citation Statement

Lieutenant Colonel McGuinness has demonstrated outstanding leadership as Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor of the Australian Defence Force Academy. Her exemplary stewardship and mentoring of staff; expert development of a contemporary, coherent and sustainable military education program; and superb professionalism in highly challenging circumstances has positively impacted the quality of the graduates; whilst her superb contribution as Assistant Military Attaché to the United States of America has significantly enhanced relationships with the United States Army and Marine Corps.

Colonel McGuinness’s Medals

Pictured below are the medals awarded to Colonel Michelle McGuinness CSC. The Conspicuous Service Cross will take precedence in her medal group.

Conspicuous Service Cross Australian Active Service Medal Australian Service Medal Defence Long Service Medal Australian Defence Medal United Nations Medal UNTAET United States Meritorious Service Medal

Army Combat Badge Returned From Active Service Badge

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