Corporate high flyer enjoys career sea change

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), Ms Shona Ford (photographer)

Location(s): Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium

Topic(s): Operation RESOLUTE

Lieutenant Ric Mingramm in front of the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, during the NT Government Anzac Spirit Study Tour. (photo: Ms Shona Ford)
Lieutenant Ric Mingramm in front of the Menin Gate Memorial, Belgium, during the NT Government Anzac Spirit Study Tour.

Lieutenant Ric Mingramm's ship came in the day he left the corporate world to pursue a career with the Royal Australian Navy.  

As the National Sales Manager for some of Australia's largest companies, Lieutenant Mingramm had all the material perks. 

However, he lacked job satisfaction, so he made the leap from Navy Reservist to full-time Maritime Logistics Officer. 

"I still wanted to lead, to be challenged and to achieve, but as a 55 year old I also wanted to apply my experience and skills to a job with purpose," he said. 

Two years later, Lieutenant Mingramm has achieved more in the Navy than he thought possible.

He is posted to Darwin on Operation RESOLUTE, contributing daily to the security of Australia's northern borders and protection of the country's maritime resources. 

Navy has provided him with opportunities outside his primary role as well. 

One of Lieutenant Mingramm's auxiliary jobs is Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Northern Territory Administrator. He supports Her Honour during ceremonial and civic events, which recently included hosting the Prince of Wales during his visit to Darwin. 

In recognition of his integrity and leadership, Lieutenant Mingramm was also selected by the NT Government to be the military chaperone on its 2018 Anzac Spirit Study Tour. 

He accompanied 15 local high school students to First World War battlefields in Europe that remain significant to Australia.

Students attended the Anzac Day ceremony at Villers-Bretonneux, France and visited Le Hamel, which Australian troops captured from German soldiers in 1918 paving the way for Allied victory in the First World War.

However, the highlight came at the end of the tour during an emotional ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.

"Students laid a wreath and I was asked to recite the Ode of Remembrance. It was an honour and privilege to be asked especially in the 100th year anniversary," Lieutenant Mingramm said. 

While the rewards of being in the Navy can be great, Lieutenant Mingramm says "you get out of Navy what you are willing to put into it". 

It is a message he passes on to the Navy Cadets he looks after during his other auxiliary role as Staff Officer at the National Cadets Headquarters.

"The Navy has changed my life and it has helped me to change the lives of others," Lieutenant Mingramm said.  

"There is a camaraderie, variety and challenge of life here that I have not found elsewhere."  

Maritime Logistics Officers are responsible and accountable for the delivery of all logistic support functions required by a ship or establishment and the ship's company.