Quiet achievers rewarded

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Topic(s): Australia Day Honours

Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Abbey Johnson is presented an Australia Day Medallion and Certificate by Commodore Jonathan Sadleir, AM, RAN, during a small ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Abbey Johnson is presented an Australia Day Medallion and Certificate by Commodore Jonathan Sadleir, AM, RAN, during a small ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

The people that are the glue holding the Australian Navy together on a daily basis have again been recognised with the presentation of Australia Day Achievement Medallions.

Three of the 47 recipients across Navy were honoured in a ceremony at Russell Offices on 25 January, with the remainder to be awarded at similar events across the nation in the coming weeks.

Efforts over the past 12 months resulted in command nominations across the Fleet of both uniform and civilian personnel.

Medallions are awarded to public sector staff and to enforce the significance of their achievements, Medallions are presented in the lead up to Australia Day.

The three recipients on hand in Canberra were Mr Michael Andrews, Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics – Personnel Operations Abbey Johnson, and Commander Christopher Searle.

Newly minted Chief of Staff Navy Strategic Command, Commodore Jonathan Sadleir undertook the pleasureable duty and reinforced the importance of recognising outstanding performers.

“Out of the 14,000 personnel in our Navy to be a recipient is a significant achievement.

“This recognises the hard work you have put in to keep the ships moving forward,” he said.

“The importance of that work cannot be understated.”

Leading Seaman Johnson received the Medallion for her service as a Personnel Clerk during Operation MUZURKA in Sinai, Egypt, and also for her work in Navy Strategic Command.

“I was very shocked to receive the award,” she said.

“The two working environments are very different. I plan to keep up the level of effort that earned me the award.”

Mr Andrews was commended for his management of a diverse range of ongoing programs, and said he was keen to continue work to complete his current projects.

“It was an honour to receive the award, and I am looking forward to finishing some of the work that is ongoing,” he said.

Australia Day Medallions are presented around the country, as the recipients become available, and personify the hard work going on in the background of so many organisations.

The medallions provide government departments and agencies with the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of their staff for outstanding performance of special projects or in performance of their core duties.