With 1,400 Defence members onboard, the pace at the HMAS Albatross Personnel Unit is unrelenting. With a steady stream of enquiries on a diverse range of issues, anyone who has visited can attest to the professionalism and strong customer focus of the staff.
One of these staff members, Able Seaman Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations Renee Kennedy was recently presented with an Australia Day Medallion in recognition of her professional dedication and personable demeanour. Able Seaman Kennedy says she prides herself on her customer focus.
“I get immense job satisfaction in ensuring our members personal administration is handled correctly and in a timely fashion,” Able Seaman Kennedy said.
“It’s also rewarding knowing that all personnel I deal with are well informed about all their entitlements.”
Able Seaman Kennedy’s citation also noted a recent three month posting in HMAS Stuart where she worked effectively and with distinction deploying for Operation RESOLUTE, an experience she describes as a career highlight.
“I enjoyed being a part of the ship's company participating in all aspects of being at sea particularly as this was the first time I was actually a part of an operation and doing the job I was trained for in a maritime environment.”
Able Seaman Kennedy's husband, Petty Officer Aircrewman Brett Kennedy, was there to see her accept her medallion from Albatross Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, and said he was extremely proud.
“She has so many beautiful qualities, sets a great example for all ranks, and is a fantastic role model.
"Our five kids were over the moon that their Mum has been recognised for her hard work,” he said.
Able Seaman Kennedy said there was no secret recipe to combining work and family with two serving members.
“I believe communication and support have been the key for our family.
"Most importantly spending quality time when you can, always helps especially for us being that both parents are serving but having the belief that what I am doing and the sacrifices that I make are actually making a contribution to our great country is what motivates me the most.”