Education Lecturer awarded Defence Force Medal for service in Middle East

Tryon Francis (right) is presented the Australian Operational Service Medal
by Air Vice-Marshal Tim Innes.

6 February 2017

Flight Lieutenant Tryon Francis, Lecturer in Notre Dame’s School of Education, Sydney, has been awarded the Australian Operational Service Medal - Greater Middle East Operation (AOSM). The medal recognises FLTLT Francis’s service on Operation ACCORDION as part of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Operation ACCORDION's mission is to support the sustainment of Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations, enable contingency planning and enhance regional relationships in the Middle East region.

The former Western Australian school teacher and New South Wales education lawyer is currently posted to Headquarters Joint Task Force 633 as the Deputy Theatre Information Manager located at Camp Baird, Australia’s main operating base in the Middle East region.

FLTLT Francis currently provides information management support to around 1850 men and women in the operational environment. His position centres on training in the use of software to store digitally sensitive information to ensure compliance with Australian legislation and ADF directives.

“In Australia, I work as a reservist for the Directorate of Training Systems at Headquarters Air Command so this is a very different role I am undertaking in the Middle East,” FLTLT Francis said.

“When I joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 2009, I always intended to represent the ADF abroad on an operation. Being deployed is providing me with a comprehensive understanding of Army, Air Force and Navy’s joint operational space in the Middle East.”

FLTLT Francis has an active interest in education law, both in Australia and the United States, to improve the decision making legality of school principals. He is currently completing his PhD at Notre Dame on school principals in NSW public schools and the role of administrative law in sound decision making.

“My legal background and teaching role at Notre Dame have both equipped me with the necessary management and leadership skills for this challenging role,” FLTLT Francis said.

“Through my research in education law, I am able to apply these principles to be proactive in equipping members to comply with the relevant legislation by developing appropriate training models and programs for ADF members prior to their movement into our Middle East region.

“I am delighted to have received the Australian Operational Service Medal and will continue to serve the ADF and my country with pride.”


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