Royal Australian Navy Operations Officer Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Cockett has been awarded the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
Lieutenant Commander Cockett had completed a three year posting with the United States Navy Medical Information Support Agency before being formally recognised for his work.
The award was presented by the Commanding Officer of HMAS Penguin, Commander Ian Campbell.
Commander Campbell said the medal exemplified the exceptional professionalism, personal initiative and dedication to duty displayed by Lieutenant Commander Cockett during his posting.
“Lieutenant Commander Cockett is to be commended for upholding the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy whilst on this posting and is congratulated on being awarded the Commendation Medal.
“His efforts reflected extremely positively on him, the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Defence Force,” he said.
Lieutenant Commander Cockett was very humbled to receive the United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
“Having the opportunity to work with the United States Navy Medical Information Support Agency at San Antonio, Texas allowed me to gain a detailed insight into the operation of the Medical Information Systems.
“This information and experience has been a highlight of my Navy career,” he said.
The United States Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in a combat or non-combat situation based on sustained performance of a superlative nature.