A fifteen-year Navy veteran has received an unexpected visit from Commodore Training who rounded off the surprise with the presentation of an award.
Lieutenant Stuart Marshman said he was honoured when presented with his Instructor of the Year On-the-Job for 2017 award in mid-October at Number 2 Flying Training School, RAAF Base Pearce.
Qualified Flying Instructor, LEUT Marshman was presented with his award by Commodore Justin Jones, for his dedication and professional conduct whilst instructing the future pilots of the Navy and Air Force, as part of the Advanced Flying Training course.
A graduate of the Advanced Flying Training course in 2008, LEUT Marshman said it had always been a desire to return to 2FTS as an instructor, and that it was very rewarding to pass on skills and knowledge to the next generation of pilots.
“I was surprised to receive the award and very honoured.
“I wasn't aware that I had even been nominated.” LEUT Marshman said.
“It is satisfying to be a member of a very proficient and professional team, like we have here at 2FTS.
“The quality of flying training I’ve received over the years has always been extremely high, and to be a part of that system, and contribute to the development of the next group of young pilots is especially satisfying.
“I’m proud to represent 2FTS and the Fleet Air Arm within Training Force and the wider Navy in receiving this award.”
CDRE Jones said that LEUT Marshman was well deserving of the award and reinforced the important role instructors have in developing the skills of Navy personnel.
“Instructors have a vital role in shaping the skills, attitudes and future capability of our Navy,” CDRE Jones said.
“LEUT Marshman, your exceptional airborne instructional techniques and strong willingness to make yourself available to assist individual trainees in problematic areas have greatly enhanced training throughput.
“Your empathetic and calm approach to trainees has afforded you excellent results in remediating struggling trainees,” CDRE Jones said.
Instructor of the Year On-the-Job is awarded annually and recognises the excellence in training by an instructor in a formal workplace instructional position, ashore or afloat.