Chief of Navy commends the Navy Ministerials team

Published on CMDR Geoff Fiedler (author), CMDR Catherine Rhodes (photographer)

Location(s): Canberra, ACT

Topic(s): Chief of Navy

Mr Shane Coles and Mrs Kira Jorgensen receive a Navy Group Commendation for their tireless and exemplary performance in carrying out their responsibilities within Navy by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: CMDR Catherine Rhodes)
Mr Shane Coles and Mrs Kira Jorgensen receive a Navy Group Commendation for their tireless and exemplary performance in carrying out their responsibilities within Navy by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Members of the Navy Communications and Coordination Branch recently gathered in Canberra to witness the recognition of two Australian Public Service staff.

The Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presented a Group Commendation to Mrs Kira Jorgensen and Mr Shane Coles from the Navy Ministerials Liaison Office in recognition of their ongoing work in support of Navy. The office had been under-staffed for the last year, but the dedication and commitment displayed the team maintained quality and timeliness of Navy’s information to Government and other parts of Defence.

They were recognised for their contribution to improving Navy’s management of ministerial correspondence through a proactive and professional work ethic.

“Working under often severe time constraints, you have applied yourselves diligently to all tasks, ensuring the timely and high quality production of various departmental correspondence. Your dedication and commitment shines through in the polite and professional relationships you foster,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.

“Your achievements are of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy, the Australian Defence Force and the Australian Public Service.”

The Navy Ministerial Liaison Office is the conduit for all ministerial correspondence in and out of Navy as well as other related critical tasks such as managing Chief of Navy's Senate Estimates Briefs, Freedom of Information Requests and other coordination functions.

The group commendation was the first issued within Navy whereby the individuals also receive a commendation badge to wear.