Rewarding ethical soldiers
The award is named in honour of Trooper Jonathan Church a Special Air Service Regiment paramedic who helped save children whose parents were massacred in Rwanda in 1995. He was one of the 18 soldiers killed when two Black Hawk helicopters crashed at High Range near Townsville in 1996.
Lieutenant Colonel Andy Weir, Commanding Officer, Army Headquarters said the Tpr Church story described a soldier who personified Army’s 10 core behaviours.
“His legacy is the embodiment of the aspirational soldier and through his example the ethos of the ‘ethical’ soldier is inspired,” Lt-Col Weir said.
“The aim of the program is to develop Australian junior soldiers and junior officers and best equip them for the future.
“It is also an opportunity to increase individual and collective knowledge of Army’s military heritage.”
The top three awardees will be presented with a Jonathan Church bronze statuette at a ceremony with CA and Mr Owen Church (Tpr Church’s father) on April 15. All awardees will receive a CA gold commendation and are on call for 12 months to act as Army ambassadors.
Award recipients will embark on study tours of battlefields in France, Borneo and Vietnam to coincide with Anzac Day.