Coral Balmoral Unit Citation for Gallantry
On 13 May 2018, Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced that the extraordinary gallantry displayed by members of the 1st Australian Task Force (Forward) and associated units deployed to Area of Operations SURFERS during the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral were being recognised by the Unit Citation for Gallantry.
Since that time, more than 1200 Citation insignia have been despatched to servicemen who served at the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral within the identified Units.
To clarify the eligibility and wearing procedures. The Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral were fought between 12 May and 6 June 1968. To be eligible to wear the Citation insignia, with Federation Star, personnel must have served with an identified unit during this period.
Army and Air Force dress policy allows current serving personnel who are subsequently posted to the unit to wear the insignia without the Federation Star, but only while actually posted to the unit. Veterans of cited units, who were not serving with the unit at the time of the cited action, are not entitled to wear the insignia.
For example, a veteran who served with 1RAR from 1972 to 1973 is not entitled to wear the Unit Citation for Gallantry insignia, as they were not serving with the unit at the time of the cited action (the Battles of Fire Support Bases Coral and Balmoral).
Members of uniformed services wear the insignia in accordance with the dress rules of their Service. In civilian dress, serving and ex-serving personnel generally continue to wear the insignia in the same way they are worn on uniform.
• 1st Australian Task Force (Forward)
• 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
• 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
• A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment
• C Squadron, 1st Armoured Regiment
• 12th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery
• 1st Field Squadron, Royal Australian Engineers
Members of the below units who flew missions in direct support of the Battles, or who were forward deployed to the Fire Support Bases, are also entitled to wear the Citation insignia:
• No 9 Squadron RAAF
• 161 Reconnaissance Flight