Excellence matters for future leader

Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Seaman Combat Systems Operator Damon Jackson at Fleet Base West, Western Australia. (photo: CPOIS Damian Pawlenko)
Seaman Combat Systems Operator Damon Jackson at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.

One Navy Seaman is on track to a stellar career already, crediting his early success to a strong work ethic, ambition and curiosity.

Recognised for his achievements already, Seaman Combat Systems Operator Damon Jackson, won the Warrant Officer of the Navy Excellence Award for his efforts in HMAS Cerberus - the home of the Recruit School and, for all sailors, their first contact with life in the Navy.

Seaman Jackson, who has completed the basic training at the School of Maritime Warfare-West in HMAS Stirling, said that both parents served as Marine Technicians in the Navy.

“My motivation for signing-up was a desire to challenge to myself and do something extra ordinary,” Seaman Jackson said.

“I am thrilled to be posted to the Anzac frigate HMAS Ballarat and to be working as a crucial part of the Navy's Maritime Warfare team.

“As a Surface Operator, I will be responsible for the collection, connecting and dissemination of sensor information, in order to create an accurate and timely picture that enables the Command to make positive tactical decisions.

“Serving at sea is where I will discover the true meaning of teamwork and be part of a close-knit group charged with operating, maintaining and protecting Ballarat while learning to multitask beyond my specific role, tackling a range of general seamanship duties.

“I thrive when the job is challenging, like when I have to maintain the surface picture in a busy environment.

“This pushes me to my limits to make me better.”

He said that a posting to Western Australia was giving him a great lifestyle outside of work aslo.

“While ashore, I enjoy the natural attractions and opportunities my home-base, Stirling has to offer,” he said.

“I maintain my fitness at the gym and participate in basketball, swimming, surfing, sailing, diving and even enjoy four-wheel driving. 

“My goals are to be the best I can in my current job and I am considering commissioning in the future,” he said.

For more information about a career as a Combat Systems Operator visit the Navy jobs website.