Twenty serving Navy personnel have been recognised for awards in the Australia Day 2018 Honours List. They are among 895 award recipients approved by The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
The Australia Day 2018 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.
“To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” the Governor-General said.
“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.
“Since 1975 these awards have helped to define, encourage and reinforce Australian goals and values. They identify role models who give without thought of recognition or personal gain.
“Today’s recipients now join the company of many women and men whose meritorious and brave actions have enriched our community and our lives. Their qualities – compassion, dedication, generosity, selflessness, tolerance, and energetic ambition – inspire and motivate us.
“For over 40 years these honours have helped to define, encourage and reinforce our national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging exceptional Australians. Today, we add a new group of names to those we should all admire.
“On behalf of all Australians, I thank them for their contributions. We are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them.”
Chair of the Council of the Order of Australia, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Retd) said the awards recognise service across a broad range of fields.
“They are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity,” Sir Angus said.
“By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation.
“These awards also recognise the ‘quiet achievers’ in our midst. They are people who serve the community, but do not seek accolades.
“All Australians are encouraged to nominate fellow citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the wellbeing of others for national recognition in the Honours List.”
The Royal Australian Navy congratulates the 20 Navy recipients listed in the Australia Day 2018 Honours list. They are:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Vice Admiral David Lance JOHNSTON AM RAN, ACT
For distinguished service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff appointments.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Commodore Mark David HAMMOND RAN, USA
For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force in senior command and staff roles.
Commodore Michele Halina MILLER RAN, ACT
For exceptional performance of duty in command and the development of Navy people.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Lieutenant Commander Peter Donald ARNOLD RAN, Vic
For meritorious service in the field of naval warfare training.
Captain Peter Charles ASHWORTH RAN, ACT
For meritorious service in the field of Navy aviation and project management.
Commander Robert Allan CARLYON RAN, NSW
For meritorious service in the field of electronic warfare.
Warrant Officer Christopher David COCKER, NSW
For meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of Fleet Support, Marine Engineering Training and in the performance of duties as a Fleet Warrant Officer.
Commander Robert Thomas STEWARD RANR, NSW
For meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of governance and performance management.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)
Commander Sean Patrick BOWERS RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement in enhancing the capability and management of Navy explosive ordnance.
Captain Vanessa Louise GANLEY RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement in the delivery of intelligence support to joint operations.
Lieutenant Commander Barbara Jane WOODRUFF RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement as the Fleet Executive Issues Manager and Workplace Behaviour Coordinator in Fleet Command.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)
Petty Officer Paul BERRY, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty as a Senior Imagery Specialist within the Australian Defence Force Joint Public Affairs Unit.
Warrant Officer Cheryl Anne COLLINS, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Ship's Warrant Officer in HMA Ships Perth and Stuart.
Lieutenant Commander Susan Elizabeth DENGATE RANR, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty in delivering personnel and welfare support in the Royal Australian Navy.
Lieutenant Commander Susan Louise HARRIS RAN, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Submarine Workforce Management.
Commander Leigh Andrew JACKSON RANR, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of Navy personnel management systems.
Petty Officer Andrea KERR, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty in personnel management and, in particular, in support of the Commanding Officer, HMAS Harman.
Lieutenant Commander Sandon Timothy MORRELL RANR, ACT
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of operational planning and implementation in direct support of Australian Defence Force operations.
Petty Officer Michael Andrew STEFFENS, Vic
For meritorious achievement in the field of Navy physical and self-defence training.
Lieutenant Commander Stefan Edward ZOHAR RAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty in Navy exercise planning and Anti-Submarine Warfare tactical development.
Full list available at https://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2018-honours-list.
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