The well known face of Singleton's Infantry Museum Captain John Land received an Order of Australia Medal (Military Division), in this year's Australia Day Honour's List.
His citation read for meritorious service as the Army Conservator, Australian Army History Unit, in support of the protection of Army's heritage.
Captain Land has provided specialist conservation support and training to over two hundred Army, Royal Australian Air Force and Australian War Memorial Museum staff and volunteers needed to protect Defence heritage artefacts.
His conspicuous achievements over decades of devoted service have highlighted his outstanding professionalism and his dedication to preserving Army's heritage.
Last year the Singleton Argus reported on the 21st birthday of the Australian Army History Unit's (AAHU).
The AAHU was formed in March 1998 to enable the concentration of people and resources to protect and preserve Army's history and heritage in a professional and co-ordinated way.
Singleton's museum, which was officially opened September 2011, includes a huge main exhibition auditorium to display everything from a helicopter to uniforms and even human hair and other personal belongings from a World War I digger.
There are displays displays from 13 conflicts for which campaign medals were awarded by the Australian and British governments, such as world wars I and II, "Soudan", Somalia, Cambodia, Rwanda, Iraq and Afghanistan.