THE AUSTRALIAN NATO medal for Aussies in Afghanistan November 02, 2007 AUSTRALIAN troops who have served in Afghanistan will be able to accept and wear the NATO medal. Defence Force head Angus Houston has announced that Australian troops serving alongside their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts will be able to wear the NATO service medal with Afghanistan clasp. Air Chief Marshal Houston said the Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force offered to award the medal to Australian troops and the Government had agreed. The NATO medal with clasp ISAF is awarded for 30 days service in Afghanistan in support of ISAF. Air Chief Marshal Houston said Australian Defence Force personnel had been working with ISAF since July 28 last year, making a significant contribution to security and reconstruction in Afghanistan. The award of this NATO medal recognises the military skill and professionalism of Australian service personnel in undertaking difficult and dangerous tasks in Afghanistan, he said. This formal offer reinforces that ADF personnel are held in very high regard by our coalition partners. The medal may also be awarded posthumously. That means both Trooper David Pearce and Sergeant Matthew Locke, killed in Afghanistan last month, will be awarded the NATO medal. And anyone evacuated from the area of operations through wound or injury before reaching the qualifying period will also be eligible. ADF members deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Slipper were also eligible for the Australian Active Service Medal with clasp ICAT (International Coalition Against Terrorism) plus the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.