The na­tion’s thanks and OAM for Landy

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

A ca­reer sol­dier from Moss­man, Michael Landy, has been awarded an Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal in the Aus­tralia Day na­tional hon­ours list.

Cur­rently serv­ing in Townsville where he is in com­bat troop train­ing, War­rant Of­fi­cer Class One Landy was born and ed­u­cated in Moss­man and af­ter com­plet­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship as a fit­ter and turner at Moss­man Cen­tral Mill en­listed into the Aus­tralian Reg­u­lar Army in 1989.

Dur­ing his 27 years of ser­vice he has de­ployed to Rwanda in 1994, to East Ti­mor in 1999, to Iraq in 2007 and to Afghanistan twice in 2012 and 2013 dur­ing which he was awarded the United States Bronze Star Medal for ex­cep­tional and mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice.

WO Landy was awarded the Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal, in the Mil­i­tary Divi­sion, for mer­i­to­ri­ous ser­vice as the Reg­i­men­tal Sergeant Ma­jor of the 31st/42nd Bat­tal­ion, the Royal Qld Reg­i­ment and the 7th Bat­tal­ion, the Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment. In ad­di­tion to ser­vice and cam­paign med- als, he has also been awarded a Com­man­der 1st Divi­sion Sil­ver Com­men­da­tion and a Com­man­der 2nd Divi­sion Bronze Com­men­da­tion.

“We’re so proud of our son,” said his par­ents, Tr­ish and Des Landy of Moss­man. Not to men­tion Michael’s wife Sharon and his three chil­dren aged, 15, 11 and 9. Like­wise his brother and sis­ter, who each wrote to WO Landy to con­grat­u­late him.

His medal ci­ta­tion reads: “His pro­fes­sion­al­ism, lead­er­ship and work ethic have been in­stru­men­tal in stew­ard­ing the sol­diers of the 31st/42nd Bat­tal­ion, Royal Qld Reg­i­ment and the 7th Bat­tal­ion, the Royal Aus­tralian Reg­i­ment, in prepa­ra­tion for de­ploy­ments.

“His ap­pli­ca­tion of skills and knowl­edge com­bined with his ded­i­ca­tion and men­tor­ing of sub­or­di­nates is ex­cep­tional and has di­rectly in­flu­enced the de­vel­op­ment of the In­fantry ca­pa­bil­ity in Army.”

Michael Landy, OAM, grew up in Moss­man

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