Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith is being further commended for his service in Afghanistan in the Australia Day honours.
The nation’s most decorated soldier has received another plaudit in the Australia Day honours.
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is among a dozen recipients of commendations for distinguished service in the annual honours.
The Victoria Cross and Medal for Gallantry recipient’s commendation is for his distinguished performance as an “outstanding leader” in high-risk operations as a patrol commander in Afghanistan.
“He gave generously of his experience in mentoring less experienced soldiers, and skilfully planned and executed even the most difficult and dangerous of operations,” the citation says.
Two soldiers received the Medal for Gallantry on Sunday.
Corporal Michael Chalk, from Queensland, was awarded the medal for risking his life to help Afghan soldiers under attack during a patrol in the Tangi Valley in March 2012.
His actions helped regain the initiative and saved lives.
A special operations soldier, known as Sergeant J, received the medal for clearing the path for wounded colleagues using only his bare hands and a mine prodder after a bomb exploded in a compound in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province.
He allowed the other patrol members to evacuate, discovered further improvised explosive devices, recovered essential mission equipment and gathered intelligence in the most hazardous circumstances.
Senior defence commanders were also awarded honours on Australia Day.
Vice Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin received the nation’s top honour, becoming a Companion in the military division of the Order of Australia.
The citation says Air Marshal Binskin’s achievements are testament to his 36 years of unswerving dedication, steadfast commitment and inspirational leadership.
Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, who stepped down as deputy chief of navy in 2013, becomes an Officer in the military division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service.