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Townsville Bulletin - - DEFENDERS -

A WORLD- first Ca­nine Op­er­a­tional Ser­vice Medal pro­gram has been in­tro­duced to recog­nise the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of mil­i­tary work­ing dogs to Aus­tralia’s de­fence.

Min­is­ter for De­fence Per­son­nel Dan Te­han said the medals were part of the De­part­ment of De­fence’s in­ter­nal recog­ni­tion sys­tem and not part of the Aus­tralian Hon­ours and Awards sys­tem.

The Aus­tralian De­fence Force is the world’s first de­fence force to im­ple­ment recog­ni­tion of this na­ture.

“Mil­i­tary work­ing dogs have made valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to Aus­tralia’s de­fence over the years and this medal will hon­our that con­tri­bu­tion,” Mr Te­han said.

Mil­i­tary work­ing dogs have served in East Ti­mor, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Solomon Is­lands.

The ADF uses mil­i­tary work­ing dogs to con­duct tasks rang­ing from se­cu­rity and crime preven­tion, emer­gency re­sponse, de­tect­ing im­proved ex­plo­sive de­vices and per­sonal and as­set pro­tec­tion.

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