From left to right we have the Australian Active Service Medal with clasps for East Timor, Iraq x 2 and Afghanistan. Next we have the INTERFET Medal- Internations Force East Timor, the Afghan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Australian Service Medal for Timor Leste, the Long Service Medal with clasp, the Australian Service Medal, the Timor Leste Campaign Medal and the North Atlantic Treaty Medal with ISAF Clasp.
Many of these you have already seen or read the explanations for so I will start with the INTERFET Medal which recognises members of the Australian Defence Force who served in East Timor during the INTERFET campaign (16 September 1999 - 10 April 2000).
The events leading to the independence of our neighbour, East Timor, touched Australians deeply. The service by Australian personnel in East Timor was Australia's most significant commitment of troops since World War II. Australia led the INTERFET coalition of 17 nations and the leadership and courage of participating personnel will long be remembered.
On 7 March 2000, Prime Minister the Hon John Howard MP announced the establishment of a specific campaign medal to honour members of the Australian Defence Force in East Timor.
Australia has invited other nations, which contributed personnel to INTERFET, to honour their defence force members with the International Force East Timor Medal. This is the first time an Australian medal has been extended in this way.
The International Force East Timor Medal was formally introduced by Letters Patent on 25 March 2000.