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Philip John Calvert MID

161 (Indep) Recce Flt 03 Jun 70 - 11 Feb 71 

  Major Calvert graduated from the Royal Military College in 1958 and was allotted to the Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery. He has served in a number of regimental appointments including operational service in Borneo in 1965. In 1968, he transferred to the Australian Army Aviation Corps and was appointed Officer Commanding 161 (Independent) Reconnaissance Flight on 4 June 1970.

During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Major Calvert pursued with great diligence the aim of maintaining his unit at the highest possible level of efficiency in every respect. He constantly sought ways of improving the operational effectiveness of the Flight and, in a considerable measure, succeeded in this aim while at the same time establishing a high level of administrative efficiency. This satisfactory result was largely the result of his personal diligence, enthusiasm and drive.

His personal qualities of leadership and command contributed in a significant degree to the high standards reached by his unit to the ultimate benefit of the 1st Australian Task Force in their operational tasks against the enemy.

* Text of citation has been copied from the book "Vietnam Veterans Honours & Awards Army"      

 by Alexander M. Palmer.

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