Being noticed - and appreciated

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr Andrew Bujdegan (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): Honours, Awards and Trophies, Navy Values & Signature Behaviours

Staff Recognition Award recipients POMTSM Mitchell Philps and POMTSM Ross Mitchell with Director of TA-SM, Commander Dylan Findlater, July 2018. (photo: Unknown)
Staff Recognition Award recipients POMTSM Mitchell Philps and POMTSM Ross Mitchell with Director of TA-SM, Commander Dylan Findlater, July 2018.

It is a fantastic feeling being recognised for the work you do, and at Training Authority – Submarines (TA-SM) located at HMAS Stirling, Rockingham Western Australia, deserving staff, both military and civilian, are publicly acknowledged for their extra efforts.

TA-SM delivers training to all submariners, from initial training through to preparation for Command, and each month TA-SM personnel take a moment to present a Staff Recognition Award to those who have recently stood out in their contribution and efforts to the organisation. “It’s both the attitude and performance that go towards building a strong work ethic. Setting examples for others or even constantly displaying a positive attitude all add up and underpin Navy’s Values and Signature Behaviours,” said the Director of TA-SM, Commander Dylan Findlater.

“What makes this recognition easy and difficult at the same time is that we regularly receive numerous nominations for this award. This has to be a good sign for TA-SM and Navy as a whole,” CMDR Findlater said.

This month three personnel where recognised for their efforts. POMTSM Mitchell Philps and POMTSM Ross Mitchell received recognition for their enthusiasm and commitment in delivering a meaningful, engaging and articulate safety stand down message. The strength of their presentation clearly demonstrated the commitment of the two Petty Officers to developing a generative safety culture within TA-SM and the Royal Australian Navy.

ABBM John Simpson was also commended for his dedication in providing outstanding service to TA-SM and his exceptional conduct whilst employed in the Training Resources Billet. In addition, his undertaking of additional HMAS Stirling ‘Whole of Ship’ tasks did not go unnoticed. During the execution of his duties he set an excellent example to the younger and less experienced personnel in the STSC through his good humour, flexibility and strong work ethic.

For these three worthy recipients it showed that going that extra mile is worth the effort and greatly valued by the Navy.