BAIN David Malcolm
While we had
sufficient information to publish the Wing
Commander David Bain story before Grahame
Keaton's, it was decided that we should wait
until the RAAF and ADF had finished their
investigations into his behaviour,
however last Sunday, 19
March 06, the Bain story appeared in
the Queensland Sunday Mail, seemingly provided by an enthusiastic
wannabe hunter who was not, and is not,
connected to ANZMI.
article is below with a better view of his
17 medals and three citations
from the Distinguished Service Medal down to the
Kuwait Liberation Medal shown
enlarged, below the news article
The medals and citations he wore are all United
States awards and are:
Distinguished Service Medal,
Legion of Merit,
Meritorious Service Medal,
Army Commendation Medal,
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal,
Good Conduct Medal,
National Defence Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal,
Southwest Asia Service Medal,
Armed Forces Reserves Medal,
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi),
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
Force and Observers medal.
Army Presidential Unit Citation, Joint
Citation, and the Army Meritorious Unit
RAAF Pilot brevet.
Now that the
cat's out of the bag, we feel we can add to what
was shown in the article.
David Bain came
to our attention in late January 2006 when we
were asked to check on his US Military service.
Our friends in the US, Chuck and Mary Schantag
of POW Network, did the necessary searches and
came up with a nil result.
It was reported that Bain claimed to have been an
Australian fighter pilot who was later seconded
to the US and flew all sorts of missions there
during the past decade or so.
A report of him claiming to have been a 16 year
US Army helicopter pilot was also received, with
stories of him flying Apaches.
24 October 2005. In a press interview, as
advertising for selling air-conditioners from
his shop, he was referred to as a former RAAF
helicopter pilot, it was further stated that he
was already trained and entered the RAAF as a
pilot in 1972.
In this interview he was also quoted as saying
that he won a flying scholarship in 1971 and
entered the RAAF but he contradicts this in
a later interview where he said it was 1970.
In either case it seems he was born 4 November
1954 and a RAAF pilot at age 15 or 16, very
The article above is from Strike
Publications, Defence News (SE Queensland) Issue
36, dated 24 Oct 2006, page 8, a journal of the
RAAF Amberley Base.
Squadron Leader Bain was appointed Office
Commanding 2 Wing AAFC and promoted to Wing
Commander on 1 January 06 and promptly sacked
two of his senior officers. After
Bain "resigned for health reasons" Canberra
On 1 February
06, Bain was tossed out of his posting as OC and
RAAF Security Police began investigating how he
came by his RAAF pilot
badge and all the US Army
The RAAF have indicated
that they are proceeding with an investigation
on his medals. Will this finally see one of
these bogus people being charged with medals
offences? We think not. To investigate his
medals they should also look at his "service" of
providing medal mounting for Servicepersons.
No doubt this will lead to his access and
obtaining the medals he illegal wore
time was he a RAAF pilot.
We know the RAAF are
reading this page. Will they (eventually)
contact us and advise the outcome of their
investigations into his bogus medals and the
charges they have preferred against him, again
we think not.
The RAAF is as confused as all the people
involved with medals in the Australian
Government and until such time as the government
can locate an expert on medals to fix all the
problems and introduce into law
proper usage and severe fines that they will
for fraudulent medal wearers, then the problems
like Bain will continue to surface and we will
continue to expose them.
Defence Force Policy statement was
issued on 18 February 2004 and this is
what both BAIN and KEATON would have
signed off on as having read and
understood. In the main it's basic
leadership common sense so we only
present point 12 and one of the
commanding officer's responsibilities.
FORCE CADETS (ADFC)
OUR BEHAVIOUR POLICY– a guide for staff
and other adults working with Cadets
CADET STAFF CODE OF ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR
Cadet staff are responsible for:
12. presenting themselves as a role
model to Cadets by demonstrating these
standards and values in their own
behaviour in a manner that enhances the
reputation of the Cadets
WHAT ARE MY
As a commanding officer of the unit,
your responsibilities are to:
take action and respond fairly,
promptly, seriously and with sensitivity
to complaints of unacceptable behaviour.
Apparently not worth
the paper it was written on where 2 Wing
AAFC Qld was concerned.
19 May 07
Bennett also updated on this date, Bain has used
deception for his own personal
gratification. The article below says:
Bain pleaded guilty to fraud,
obtaining financial advantage by
deception, falsely representing to be a
returned soldier, wearing service
decorations not conferred and using or
wearing a Defence emblem (Pilot brevet).
This is an admission by his
lawyer. The lawyer also
states "he has never been in trouble
before"....most murderers are in the
same boat and have to start somewhere.
He claims Bain now worked assisting in
air conditioner installation and
"having a conviction would impact his
economic situation." So what we
say. He made the choice to impersonate
a decorated service member and should
now pay the penalty for his deception.
He abused his position of authority
within the Defence Cadet structure
especially at a time where cadets are
thinking of a career within a Defence
force that is having troubles with
recruiting. How do these youngsters
feel about his deception?
magistrate has ordered a pre sentence
report on this fool and adjourned the
case to July 12. This can mean a
couple of things. The do gooders now
have the chance to plead a case of "he
didn't really mean any harm" and because
of the delay it is also possibly hoped
the media will forget about the case so
a lenient sentence can be dished out "so
that his economic situation as an air
conditioner installer is not harmed".
This is rubbish people. He did the
crime now do the time in accordance
with the Defence Act 1903 section 80.
That is a maximum penalty of $3300 and
or possible jail time and a recorded
conviction. As stated by the DVA
Minister, the Hon Bruce Billson, MP in
his press release
in part states;
"Under the Defence Act 1903 the
penalties for the improper use of
Service decorations and for
impersonating Service personnel include
a fine of up to $3300, six months
imprisonment, or both.
Recently two people have been found
guilty of offences under Sections 80 A
and 80 B of the Defence Act for falsely
claiming entitlements to medals. Further
cases, resulting from the wearing of
medals for which no entitlement exists,
are currently subject to legal
To those preparing the pre sentence
report we say read the above.
Veterans and their service IS IN THE
PUBLIC INTEREST. To ensure these
people are stopped from their improper
use of the uniform, service decorations
and service, the maximum penalty should
be used as a deterrent. It is
time that the law enforcers, judges,
magistrates, federal police and the
like, prosecuted these people to the
fullest extent of the law and protect
the Service, Honour and medals of the
Show your mettle here. We look
forward to the end result on 12 July.
29 Sep 2007
Bain's adventure into the world of make
believe and fraud has ended. He was found guilty of
numerous offences in the Ipswich, Queensland Magistrates
Court and fined. The Magistrate described Bain's
behaviour as bizarre. Below is a report of the legal
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