Half a century for Navy veteran

Published on LSIS Lee-Anne Mack (author and photographer)

Location(s): Navy Headquarters, Canberra

Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents Commander Jeffrey Booker with the 5th clasp for the Defence Long Service medal at Russell Offices, Canberra.  (photo: LSIS Lee-Anne Mack)
Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett presents Commander Jeffrey Booker with the 5th clasp for the Defence Long Service medal at Russell Offices, Canberra.

On 4 July, Commander Jeffrey Booker achieved fifty years of service in the Royal Australian Navy and on 10 December he was presented with his third Federation Star by Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.
 
In an informal ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett spoke of the honour and privilege he felt being able to recognise Commander Booker for his service.
 
“Being matched by few, this is a testament to your professional expertise, significant personal sacrifice and devotion to duty which is keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy,” he said.
 
Retiring at the end of 2014, Commander Booker said it had been a long journey.
 
“I joined as a junior recruit when I was 15 years old,” he said.
 
The Junior Recruit Training Establishment was a year of secondary education along with basic Navy training, concluding this the recruits were sent to other bases for training in the speciality.
 
Commander Booker specialised in logistics and supplies. This position within Navy is now referred to as a Maritime Logistics Officer.
 
Commenting on the fact he himself served with Vice Admiral Barrett’s father, Commander Booker said there were some things he never took for granted.
 
“I am glad to still be around” he said.
 
Vice Admiral Barrett expressed his thanks to Commander Booker, extending personal thanks and those of the Navy.
 
“You have our the most sincere appreciation for your dedication and loyal service over these many years,” Vice Admiral Barrett said.
 
The Navy has benefited greatly from Commander Booker’s steadfast service and he and his family can be justifiably proud of his commitment to the security and prosperity of Australia.