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Rowan Tink

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Rowan John Tink
Service/branchAustralian Army
Years of service1975–2006
UnitSpecial Air Service Regiment
Commands held51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan Operation Sumatra Assist
Operation Astute
AwardsMember of the Order of Australia
Bronze Star (United States)

Rowan John Tink AM[1] (born 1955) is a former Australian Special Air Service Regiment officer whose identity was widely publicised after he was awarded the United States Bronze Star medal[2] for "his outstanding contribution to the international coalition against terrorism's Operation Enduring Freedom" during his role commanding 150 SASR operators in Afghanistan, notably during Operation Anaconda. The medal was presented to Lieutenant Colonel Tink by Major General Frank Hagenbeck at a farewell ceremony at Bagram on 24 July 2002.

After leaving the ADF, Rowan Tink joined Tenix[3] which was subsequently merged with BAE Systems.[4]


  1. ^ Member of the Order of Australia, 26 Jan 1996, itsanhonour.gov.au
    Citation: "For exceptional service to the army in the field of Regional Force Surveillance."
  2. ^ "US honours SF commander". Army News. 1 August 2002. Archived from the original on 15 January 2003.
  3. ^ Tenix Group makes new Corporate appointments, AIDN-VIC INC, NEWSLETTER No 10 of 2006, pg 4.
  4. ^ Enhancing Reconstruction and Stabilisation – conference program, 14–15 Oct 2008, www.cimic.org.au. Tink's presentation

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