The award was announced in the 2022 Australia Day honours.
Major Eling was awarded his Conspicuous Service Medal for his meritorious achievements as a Strategic Planner in support of the Victorian Emergency Services as part of COVID 19 ASSIST.
Pictured with James is his wife Tina, who ran Extreme Networks Pty Ltd for all of the time James was deployed.
She shouldered all of the stress and burden of running a SME with a team of 15 people during a pandemic.
She did a crushingly good job of looking after the team and their customers.