CPO Damian Pawlenko awarded Humanitarian Medal

Published on ABIS Jesse Rhynard (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies

The Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Damian Pawlenko with the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal during the Commanding Officer's Monthly Morning Tea in the Junior Sailors Cafe, HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard)
The Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Todd Willson RAN, presents Chief Petty Officer Imagery Specialist Damian Pawlenko with the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal during the Commanding Officer's Monthly Morning Tea in the Junior Sailors Cafe, HMAS Kuttabul.

CPO Damian Pawlenko was awarded with a Humanitarian Medal during the Commanding Officer’s Monthly Morning Tea at HMAS Kuttabul last week for recognition of his efforts during Operation PAKISTAN ASSIST II.

The Navy Imagery Specialist was part of a small media team from 1 Joint Public Affairs Unit (1JPAU) who captured still and video imagery from the Australian Medical Task Force’s (AMTF) medical aid mission to Pakistan.

The Australian health facility, dubbed ‘Camp Cockatoo’ provided primary health care to over 11,000 flood-affected people in the Kot Addu region from 2 September to 20 October in 2010.

“I had the opportunity to participate in outreach programs which consisted of rebuilding local schools and medical clinics,” said CPO Pawlenko.

“My memories include intense heat, high humidity, mosquitoes and observing first hand the hard work of the Australian Medical teams.”

The AMTF was a whole-of-government approach consisting of more than 150 Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Australian civilian AusAID, Australian Medical Assistance Team (AusMAT) and support specialists.