This year over 4200 senior school students across the country will be presented with a Long Tan Award for Leadership and Teamwork.
The qualities of recipients that are recognised and celebrated are leadership, teamwork and service to both the school and wider community. These are the qualities that are valued within the service community and those that the wider community associates with the Australian Defence Force. More importantly, it is these qualities that have built our nation and form the basis of the spirit of ANZAC.
The Long Tan Awards are given their namesake in recognition of the brave service members that exemplified these attributes in the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam 1966.
It is hoped that in 2014, the number of Navy personnel volunteering to present a Long Tan Award exceeds last year’s great effort of 204 participants who presented awards in schools right across the nation.
“Presenting Long Tan Awards to the future leaders of tomorrow has been one of the most rewarding duties I have carried out while in the Navy,” said Warrant Officer Rob Drew.
A volunteer’s commitment involves attending a school, presenting awards and, if required, making a short pre-supplied speech. In a number of instances, past students have volunteered to return to their old school and make presentations which is particularly well received by the schools.
“It is very easy for Navy uniformed personnel to become involved with the Long Tan Awards,” said WO Drew.