New Officer experiences work with Fleet Command

Published on LEUT Jacki Clements (author), Unknown (photographer)

Topic(s): Naval College, Australian Defence Force Academy

MIDN Jarod Brennfleck, left, with RADM Jonathan Mead, centre, following an MRH-90 flight from Sydney to HQJOC. (photo: Unknown)
MIDN Jarod Brennfleck, left, with RADM Jonathan Mead, centre, following an MRH-90 flight from Sydney to HQJOC.

When Midshipman Jarod Brennfleck graduated from Navy’s New Entry Officers' Course in June he didn’t suspect that just a few weeks later he would be flying with an Admiral as he undertakes work experience to prepare him for his career as a Navy officer.

Midshipman Brennfleck is spending the next six months undertaking work experience at various Navy bases, prior to commencing studies towards a Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2019.

The first work experience opportunity for this new officer has been in the Office of the of the Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Jonathon Mead. Midshipman Brennfleck accompanied Rear Admiral Mead on a Navy MRH-90 helicopter flight from Sydney to the Headquarters Joint Operations Command outside Canberra during June.

“Being from Darwin, I’ve always been pretty isolated. I haven’t had much of an opportunity to fly in a plane let alone a helicopter,” Midshipman Brennfleck said.

“It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.

“Although I’ve only been in the Navy for 6 months, it’s the coolest thing I’ve done so far.”

Midshipman Brennfleck has joined the Royal Australian Navy as an ADFA-Entry Intelligence Officer.

The six month work experience program has been designed to allow new officers to gain in an in-depth understanding of Navy’s diverse operations and how they are run.