The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has approved awards announced today in The Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List.
The Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community service, Defence and Emergency Services personnel, and acts of bravery.
“To all recipients, I offer my warmest congratulations and express my sincere gratitude 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 our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.
“Since 1975 these awards have drawn national attention to the personal efforts of individuals, made willingly, without thought of recognition or recompense.
“Today’s recipients now join the company of more than 40,000 women and men whose actions have enriched our community and whose values we hold dear - professionalism, compassion, dedication, generosity, tolerance, and energetic ambition.
“For 40 years these honours have helped to define, encourage and reinforce our national aspirations and ideals by identifying role models. Today, we add a new group of people to those whose lead all Australians should follow.
“On behalf of all Australians, I thank them for their contributions. They are a source of courage, support and inspiration, and we are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them.”
Included in The Queen’s Birthday 2015 Honours List are 519 recipients of awards in the general division of the Order of Australia who have been recognised for contributions and service to fellow citizens in Australia and internationally.
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 all twenty Navy recipients listed in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours and Awards list. They are:
MEMBER (AM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION - (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Rear Admiral Mark Gerard CAMPBELL CSC RAN, ACT
For exceptional service as Head, Navy Capability and as a senior leader in the Royal Australian Navy aviation community.
Commodore Adam Lloyd GRUNSELL CSC RAN, ACT
For exceptional performance of duty in the field of Navy warship maintenance and support.
Captain Brett CHANDLER RAN, NSW
For exceptional service to the Australian Defence Force, for peacekeeping operations with the United Nations, Command of HMAS Creswell, dedication to Navy leadership training, and as Commander of Shore Force between 2008 and 2014.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Commander Graeme Bruce PEDLEY CSM RANR, NSW
For meritorious service as Deputy Commander Mine Warfare, Clearance Diving, Hydrographic, Meteorological and Patrol Force, and Chief of Staff Amphibious and Afloat Support Group.
Commander Roderick Charles ROBINSON RANR, NSW
For meritorious service in the field of leadership, cultural change and organisational transformation, through the introduction and development of executive coaching within Navy.
Petty Officer Amanda Louise McGRATH, NSW
For meritorious service to the Royal Australian Navy in the field of Logistics support.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)
Commander Terence Michael MORRISON RAN, NSW
For distinguished leadership in warlike operations as Commanding Officer of HMAS Darwin on Operation SLIPPER in 2014.
COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Commodore Philip SPEDDING DSC AM RANR, ACT
For distinguished performance of duty in warlike operations as Deputy Commander Joint Task Force 633 on Operation SLIPPER from 29 October 2013 to 14 May 2014.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)
Commodore Craig Douglas BOURKE RAN, VIC
For outstanding devotion to duty as Project Manager - Landing Helicopter Dock Project within the Defence Materiel Organisation.
Captain Matthew Paul BUCKLEY RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Director Submarine Capability, Navy Strategic Command during the period October 2012 to August 2014.
Captain Colin Nicholas DAGG RAN, NSW
For outstanding devotion to duty as Chief Staff Officer (Engineering) in Fleet Command during the period May 2010 to September 2014.
Captain Allison Gai NORRIS RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Commanding Officer of HMAS Success and On Scene Commander for Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN.
Commander Timothy James MAHONY RAN, NSW
For outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer Joint Logistics Unit (West).
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)
Commodore Peter James LEAVY RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement as the Commander of Joint Task Force 658, Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN from 26 March to 5 May 2014.
Commander Troy Joshua BATTISHALL RAN, SA
For meritorious service as Senior Marine Engineer Officer at Submarine Force Headquarters, HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.
Lieutenant Commander Mark Andrew WILSON RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement as a Military Liaison Officer serving on Operation ASLAN as part of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.
Lieutenant Teri-Lee ROSS RAN, Qld
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Plans Officer and acting Operations Officer, Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland).
Warrant Officer Barry Vincent BROWN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as Fleet Warrant Officer Marine Technical (Electrical) in Fleet Command while implementing Electrical Compliance Safety Audits for HMA Ships and Submarines.
Leading Seaman Christopher Lee NEWBURY, ACT
For meritorious achievement in the performance of duty as Leading Seaman Safety Management in the Navy Safety Systems Directorate.
Able Seaman Kirstin Judith HANSCH, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as Assistant Staff Officer Honours and Awards, Fleet Headquarters.