THE son of a Bowna family was among those included in the Queen’s Birthday honours list with a distinguished service medal.
Australian Army Colonel Dean Franklin was awarded the medal for exceptional leadership and performance of duty in the day-to-day planning and control of combat operations throughout Afghanistan.
Colonel Franklin served with the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan in Kabul from November 2012 to December last year.
His parents John and Joy Franklin said their son was “very honoured” to receive the medal.
Colonel Franklin recognised the outstanding support of his family and all the soldiers, sailors, airman and marines that he fought alongside in Afghanistan in 2012-13.
His professionalism, exceptional leadership and exemplary dedication to duty during a period of great complexity ensured the success of the ongoing Coalition mission and dir-ectly contributed to the long-term security and stability of Afghanistan.
Colonel Franklin, presently in the US, has also received the Conspicuous Service Cross for command of the Australian Army’s School of Infantry from 2005-07 and the United States Bronze Star for exceptional performance of duty in combat operations in Iraq in 2004-05.