Changeover switches caps for new challenges

This article has photo gallery Published on SBLT Gordon Carr-Gregg (author), POIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Topic(s): Leadership, Promotion

Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra. (photo: POIS Bradley Darvill)
Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Senior Navy, Army and Air Force officers and sailors gathered at Russell Offices in Canberra this week to acknowledge the promotion of Leading Seaman Morgan Foster to Midshipman, marking a new milestone in her career.

The Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, was pleased to lead the promotion ceremony, having sold Legacy badges with Morgan while they were both deployed in the Middle East Region in 2017.

“It is an absolute delight to promote Leading Seaman Foster, the first Midshipman I have ever promoted,” Lieutenant General Frewen said.

“It is a big step to make the choice to commission as an officer and equally big step to be awarded the promotion. This is a great recognition of her potential,” he said.

Maritime Logistics Officer Workgroup Manager Lieutenant Commander Peter Chapman believes she is a great fit to commission as a Maritime Logistics Officer.

“Midshipman Foster’s enthusiasm for an exciting and diverse career meets the workgroup philosophy of seeking excited and diverse officers,” he said.

“Her previous experience as a sailor in logistics departments both at sea and deployed in joint task groups overseas is certainly going to serve her extremely well as she enters her career pathway as a Maritime Logistics Officer.

“Our workgroup has been able to attract excellent individuals via various entry methods in the last three years, such as in-service transfers like Midshipman Foster.

“This has resulted in the Maritime Logistics Officer workforce returning to near full strength, compared to the short-staffed community we had just 18 months ago,” Lieutenant Commander Chapman said.

‘Changeovers’ is the term used for sailors who commission to become officers. Midshipman Foster decided to ‘changeover’ because she wanted a new skillset and the challenges that come along with it.

“I’ve had a lot of experience with Maritime Logistics Officers: seeing the job, what it was like and the community aspect of it.

“I wanted more from my naval career and was sure that that’s what I wanted to do,” Midshipman Foster said.

“I am feeling keen and ready to start a new chapter in my life. I’m going in with an open mind and am ‘ready to smash it’,” she added.

Midshipman Foster will join other ‘changeovers’ and inter-service transfers at HMAS Creswell as well as direct-entry candidates at the New Entry Officers’ Course 63, which commences in two weeks.

The course will last almost six months, focusing on the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to be an effective junior naval officer.

Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.

Commander of the Defence COVID-19 taskforce, Lieutenant General John Frewen, DSC, AM, promotes Leading Seaman Maritime Personnel Operator Morgan Foster to the rank of Midshipman at a ceremony held at Russell Offices, Canberra.