Lieutenant Teri-Lee Ross from Townsville has been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM) for her work as the Plans Officer and acting Operations Officer within the Joint Logistics Unit (North Queensland), while supporting regional operations during the period 2012 to 2014.
The honour was for her selfless dedication to duty, maturity, attention to detail and unquestionable desire to provide the highest level of customer service and support. Her work ensured that deployed forces received outstanding short-notice mounting, sustainment and redeployment support often within very short timeframes.
Lieutenant Ross said she was honoured to receive the award and she owed it to the assistance and knowledge of the members she worked with at the unit.
“The professionalism, dedication and support I received from my colleagues while working at the unit is the reason I was able to provide the level of support required for the operations and exercises, that I did,” she said.
“This was vital to ensure the mission was achieved."
Lieutenant Ross said that her family was extremely proud of her efforts in her work.
“They know the passion I have for the defence force and the pride I have serving my country. They know how much an honour it is to me, being recognised for doing something I love to do.
Lieutenant Ross joined the Navy in November 2001 as a sailor and was commissioned an officer in July 2007. She decided to join the Navy because she had always wanted to travel, serve her country and make a difference.
“At the time of enlisting, it seemed that Navy would give me those opportunities - and it has!” she said.
“I’ve deployed on a number of operations which have taken me overseas.
“Some of the highlights have included deploying to Operation RESOLUTE during 2012, Operation LANDSCAPE supporting the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on Manus Island and Operation RENDER SAFE in Bougainville, supporting the disposal of explosive remnants of war,” she said.
Lieutenant Ross is currently serving as a Maritime Logistics Officer working on the Hydrographic Survey ships. After completing this posting, Lieutenant Ross would like to streamline into Joint Operations/Logistics and then serve on one of the new Landing Helicopter Docks, HMAS Canberra or NUSHIP Adelaide.
When asked if she had a message to pass on to junior sailors who may be looking at what it takes to be a Queen’s Birthday Honours recipient, Lieutenant Ross offered the following.
“Get to know your work colleagues, respect them and engage them for advice. Always strive for continuous improvement. Embrace and uphold the Navy values” she said.
“My Commanding Officer empowered and trusted me to make decisions. That was invaluable and what enabled me to achieve the logistic outcomes that were required to support Operations/Exercises in the North Queensland region," she said.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for that leadership."