Awards for five in Reserve

This article has photo gallery Published on Department of Defence (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Location(s): Karrakatta, Western Australia

Topic(s): Reserves

West Australian Reservists, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Brett Lane (Office of Director-General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves), and Leading Seaman Musician (LSMUSN) Nadene Starkie, from the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia and have been awarded, respectively, a Prince of Wales Award and a Tasman Scheme Award.   (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
West Australian Reservists, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Brett Lane (Office of Director-General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves), and Leading Seaman Musician (LSMUSN) Nadene Starkie, from the Royal Australian Navy Band Western Australia and have been awarded, respectively, a Prince of Wales Award and a Tasman Scheme Award.

Music, food, people, communications and diving make up some of the mix for five Naval Reserve members who have been selected for development and training awards in recognition of their service.

Three Leading Seamen – Royal Australian Navy Band vocalist Leading Seaman Musician Nadene Starkie from Perth, Leading Seaman Diver Adrian Moore of Dive Team 9 in Adelaide and Leading Seaman Cryptological Linguist Kelly Perry from HMAS Cerberus – will be seconded to the New Zealand Defence Force as participants in the Tasman Scheme program.

The joint initiative of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division and the Defence Reserves Association recognises and rewards outstanding performances or achievements by the Leading Seamen and their equivalents in Army and Air Force.

Two Navy officers, Lieutenant Commander Brett Lane and Lieutenant Kristie Okely, have been selected for Prince of Wales awards, which provide opportunities for Reservists to undertake training or development related to their civilian professions.

Lieutenant Okely, from the Maritime Intelligence Support Centre at Fleet Headquarters, will complete a diploma in Human Resource Management online and Lieutenant Commander Lane, from the Office of Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves, will visit New Zealand to study how its successful food industry identifies and develops promising new and emerging products.

Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves, Commodore Bruce Kafer, said he was delighted with the announcement of the award recipients.
 
"During the past 18 months we have made a considerable effort to inform the Naval Reserve community about these great opportunities. The increasing number of Navy recipients is a sign that the word is spreading," Commodore Kafer said.
 
He said the good outcome was indicative of the high calibre of the women and men who are currently rendering service in the Naval Reserve.