On September 28, 2012, the Chief of HNDGS, General Mikhail Kostarakos, on behalf of the Minister of National Defence, Mr. Panos Panagiotopoulos, awarded the COMMENDATION STAR OF MERIT AND HONOUR to the Chairman of National Trustees of the Returned and Services League of Australia, Brigadier John Sheldrick OAM (Retd), as an honour to the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in Greek territory, and mainly in the battle of Crete during World War II.

The ceremony was attended, among others, by the Australian Ambassador in Greece, Jenny Bloomfield, and the Deputy Minister of Administrative Reform and E-Governance,  Manousos Voloudakis.