Former Tweed High student rises to top of defence force
FORMER Tweed River High student Russell Maddalena has received the Conspicuous Service Medal.
The son of proud mum Lynne and the late Alan, Colonel Maddalena joined the Defence Force Academy in Canberra in 1987.
While his mother still lives in Tweed Heads, he resides in Canberra.
His distinguished career has taken him to Afghanistan 11 times, including a six-month tour of duty.
Receiving the award for meritorious achievement as Director of Operational Plans in Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Mr Maddalena is clearly an exceptional soldier.
Colonel Maddalena's leadership and dedication to duty in this role resulted in the approval of critical operational-level planning products for new operations, sequels, major branch plans and contingency plans from July 2010 to December 2012.
His outstanding and dedicated efforts always ensured the timely and accurate delivery of high- quality and executable operational plans to meet priority objectives.
The award was part of Australia Day honours.