Officer visits her past to inform the future

Published on LEUT Dave Dawes (author)

Location(s): Waikerie High School

Topic(s): Recruitment, Navy Headquarters South Australia, Events

Lieutenant Commander Ainsley Slattery gifting Navy Books for the Waikerie High School Library to student Makayla Lill and Teacher Sarah Koch. (photo: Unknown)
Lieutenant Commander Ainsley Slattery gifting Navy Books for the Waikerie High School Library to student Makayla Lill and Teacher Sarah Koch.

It was a journey back to her roots that took Executive Officer Navy Headquarters – South Australia Lieutenant Commander Ainsley Slattery to the South Australian Riverland as part of the Navy’s regional engagement strategy.
 
Having grown up in the Waikerie area it was fitting that the team paid a visit to her old high school and meet some of the current crop of students.
 
“It was wonderful stepping back in time to my old high school,” Lieutenant Commander Slattery said.
 
“It was great to be able to speak with the young students about where I had come from and how I had arrived at where I am today,” she said.
 
Sixty young men and women from the senior high school had the opportunity to learn about the role the Navy plays in society and the chance to interact with Navy personnel.
 
The Navy staff each explained their different primary qualifications, providing a glance into what a career in the Navy could provide. 
 
For some of the Waikerie High School teachers it was an opportunity to renew connections with their former student.
 
Whilst in the area the Navy team took the opportunity to renew contact with the local veteran community, attending a barbeque dinner hosted by the Renmark RSL.
 
The RSL is made up of former Second World War, Vietnam War and Gulf War veterans. 

This was a great opportunity for the veterans to re-engage with the younger and current Navy and Defence members, asking many questions about what it’s like today and also reminiscing on the past.