Defence has formally recognised a Navy Reservist that ‘punches above her weight’ while sharing in the pride of giving something back to Australia.
Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AC, Governor of Western Australia, presented Leading Seaman Boatswains Mate Alex Torrens with a Reserve Service Excellence Award at the Defence Reserve Support Council – Western Australia’s annual awards event in Fremantle.
Leading Seaman Torrens, Assistant Office Manager at Navy Engineering System Centre at HMAS Stirling, was nominated by Warrant Officer Stewart Manson and Officer-in-Charge Lieutenant Commander David Jane for the award, which recognises exceptional service, personal attitude, attendance, contribution to unit effectiveness and promotion of Reserves in the community.
Leading Seaman Torrens is not unfamiliar with receiving accolades having bagged two commendations for ‘outstanding professionalism, loyalty and superior commitment to duty’ as a seaman while serving in HMAS Arunta.
“I received a second Commendation as an Able Seaman at Recruit School for exemplary performance and attention to detail that ensured the safety and well-being of all trainees, some of whom required attention at critical times,” Leading Seaman Torrens said.
Leading Seaman Torrens has served 12 years full-time followed by four years as a Reservist serving on HMA Ships Success and Arunta.
“My Navy journey has taken me to Japan, South East Asia and Russia, where Vladivostok was my most memorable with such a strong culture and lifestyle,” she said.
“I enjoy my Reserve role because of the open support and communication from my supervisors - which creates very healthy work environment.
“This allows me to deliver my work to the best and highest standard I can deliver and gives me a sense of ownership and dedication to all my work and duties.
“My life away from Navy is ensuring that my husband and children are healthy, happy and active.
“I also work as a disability and community support worker when I am not in uniform, providing independent living, employment and training opportunity.
“My goals are to continue to deliver my work and duties with utmost professionalism, integrity and pride to support my unit.
“I will stay active in the Naval Reserves and see what the future will bring.
“Navy brings abundance of opportunities and so far I have loved every journey or challenge.”
The event was attended by Head of Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer and Senior Officer Western Australia, Commodore Brett Dowsing, along with Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves, Commodore Mark Hill.