Leading the future leaders

Published on SBLT James Tew (author), LSIS Yuri Ramsey (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Creswell

Chief Petty Officer Anthony Blowfield is presented with a Silver Commendation by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett. (photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey)
Chief Petty Officer Anthony Blowfield is presented with a Silver Commendation by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett.

Practical training is an essential element of developing junior officers. Understanding what it takes to lead the men and women of the Royal Australian Navy is both a science and an art and one instructor at the Naval College has been at the forefront of that development.

Chief Petty Officer Boatswain Anthony Blowfield was recently awarded a Deputy Chief of Navy Silver Commendation for his exemplary performance as the Practical Leadership Training Coordinator at the Royal Australian Naval College.

Men and women who join the Navy to be officers, are required to understand leadership and teamwork principles, and practically exhibit them in the field. Training scenarios, some over many days, expose personnel to controlled stressors, challenging them to make appropriate decisions under pressure.

Chief Petty Officer Blowfield has developed and tested Navy's newest officers for a number of years, refining scenarios and building in complexities that have included role-players, support from Police and other agencies, helicopter arrivals and simulated distaster relief activities.

Despite the challenging role, Chief Blowfield has always demonstrated a genuine care for the officers under his training and continues to deliver significant improvements to the practical training exercises that all new entry officers undertake.

"I am very happy that my efforts and commitment have been recognised. There are always ways we can improve on what we have achieved so far, but to be recognised in this way makes me feel good about the job that we have done so far and it motivates me to continue," he said.
 
The Royal Australian Naval College trains reserve and permanent Navy officers, in drill and ceremonial, physical training, officer development, management and leadership.