The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), has approved awards announced today in the Australia Day 2017 Honours List.
The Australia Day 2017 Honours List recognises a diverse range of contributions and service across all fields, including professional endeavours, community work, Australia’s Defence Force and Emergency Services.
“To all recipients, I offer my deepest congratulations, admiration and respect for your contribution to our nation,” the Governor-General said.
“We are fortunate as a community to have so many outstanding people willing to dedicate themselves to the betterment of our nation and it is only fitting that they have today been recognised through the Australian Honours system.
“Since 1975 these awards have helped to define, encourage and reinforce Australian goals and values. They identify role models who give without thought of recognition or personal gain.
“Today’s recipients now join the company of almost 50,000 women and men whose meritorious and brave actions have enriched our community and our lives. Their qualities – compassion, dedication, generosity, selflessness, tolerance, and energetic ambition - inspire and motivate us.
“For over 40 years these honours have helped to define, encourage and reinforce our national aspirations and ideals by acknowledging exceptional Australians. Today, we add a new group of names to those we should all admire.
“On behalf of all Australians, I thank them for their contributions. We are a stronger, safer and more caring nation because of them.”
Chair of the Council of the Order of Australia, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Retd) said the awards recognise service across a broad range of fields.
“They are public recognition of people who provide outstanding community service and whose achievements enhance national identity," Sir Angus said.
“By their actions they demonstrate the qualities of positive role models. The recipients are not only worthy of respect but encourage emulation.
“These awards also recognise the ‘quiet achievers’ in our midst. They are people who serve the community, but do not seek accolades.
The Royal Australian Navy congratulates the 19 Navy recipients listed in the Australia Day 2017 Honours List. They are:
OFFICER (AO) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION - (OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Rear Admiral Stuart MAYER CSC and Bar, RAN, NSW
For distinguished service to the Royal Australian Navy principally in key command roles.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION - (MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Commodore John CHANDLER CSC CSM RAN, SA
For exceptional performance of duty in the field of submarine and major combatant systems acquisition and sustainment.
MEDAL (OAM) IN THE MILITARY DIVISION (MEDAL OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA)
Commander Geoffrey FIEDLER RAN, United Kingdom
For meritorious performance of duty in the field of Navy liaison and communication with higher Headquarters, Ministers and Government.
Commander Steven REID RAN, ACT
For meritorious performance of duty in the field of Navy Mine Warfare command and leadership.
Commander Richard WESTOBY, NSW
For meritorious service in the field of amphibious warfare development in the Royal Australian Navy.
Chief Petty Officer Nikolai ROFE, NSW
For meritorious performance of duty as a Senior Sailor in the field of training and maritime operational preparedness.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS (DSC)
Rear Admiral Trevor JONES AO CSC RAN (Retd), ACT
For distinguished command and leadership in warlike operations as the Commander Joint Task Force 633 while deployed to the Middle East Region from November 2014 to January 2016.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL (DSM)
Chief Petty Officer Paul MAYER, NSW
For distinguished leadership in warlike operations during a complex insurgent attack in Kabul on 7 August 2015.
COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE (CDS)
Captain Shane GLASSOCK CSC RAN, NSW
For distinguished performance in warlike operations as a Senior Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS (CSC)
Commodore Stephen HUGHES RAN, ACT
For outstanding devotion to duty in the field of major warship introduction into service with the Royal Australian Navy.
Captain Jonathan EARLEY RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement and devotion to duty in maritime operational and humanitarian response planning and deployment.
Commander Douglas THEOBOLD RAN, WA
For outstanding achievement in the field of submarine operations and Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare.
BAR TO THE CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM and Bar)
Captain Michael TURNER CSM RAN, WA
For meritorious achievement in enhancing the Australian Defence Force's counter-narcotic operations.
CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL (CSM)
Commander Gemma PUMPHREY RAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Defence communications and information infrastructure and services.
Lieutenant Commander Kathryn FORD RAN, ACT
For meritorious achievement in the development and implementation of the Australian Defence Force Training Systems School.
Lieutenant Commander Christopher NEECH RAN, NSW
For meritorious achievement in the field of Guided Missile Frigate maintenance management.
Warrant Officer Brendan WOODSELL OAM, Vic
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Navy values reform and training for recruits at HMAS Cerberus.
Chief Petty Officer Brian CRAIG, NSW
For meritorious achievement in executing the material support preparations for the certification, delivery and introduction into service of HMAS Adelaide.
Chief Petty Officer Gregory FLETCHER, WA
For meritorious devotion to duty in the field of propulsion management in HMAS Perth.
The Royal Australian Navy also congratulates all recipients honoured in the list.
Full list available at https://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2017-honours-list.
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