The Governor-General and Chancellor of the Order of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC, (Ret’d), has approved awards announced today in The Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List.
The Queen’s Birthday 2016 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 more than 40,000 women and men whose 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.”
The Royal Australian Navy congratulates the 19 Navy recipients listed in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours list. They are:
Member (AM) in the Military Division (Member of the Order of Australia)
Rear Admiral Mark Steven Purcell, RANR, ACT
For exceptional service as Head of the Rizzo Reform Program and Head of Defence Maritime Systems.
Commodore Vincenzo Emilio Di Pietro, CSC, RANR, NSW
For exceptional service as Commander of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet Air Arm from January 2013 to January 2016, and as Australia’s Naval Attaché to the United States, from June 2007 to June 2010.
Medal (OAM) in the Military Division (Medal of the Order of Australia)
Commander Dina Caroline Kinsman, RAN, ACT
For meritorious service as the Navy People Career Management Agency's Operations Manager and as Chairperson of the Navy Medical Employment Category Review Board.
Warrant Officer Andrew Michael Bertoncin, WA
For meritorious performance of duty in the field of Communication Information Systems and as the Ship's Warrant Officer in HMAS Sirius.
Warrant Officer Jari Juhani Saarenpaa, NSW
For meritorious performance of duty in the field of Guided Missile Frigate Fire Control Systems support.
Chief Petty Officer Timothy David Cummins, WA
For meritorious service as the Submarine Escape Equipment Inspector, and Deputy Marine Engineer Officer of HMA Submarines Farncomb and Rankin.
Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
Captain David Stewart Hope, RAN, Vic
For outstanding achievement as the Commanding Officer of the Defence Force School of Languages.
Captain Justin Garred Jones, RAN, NSW
For outstanding devotion to duty as the Commanding Officer, HMAS Success while deployed on Operation MANITOU from December 2014 to April 2015.
Captain David Peter Mann, RAN, USA
For outstanding devotion to duty as Director Navy Capability Needs and Analysis, Navy Strategic Command, in support of force design and development.
Captain Heath Jay Robertson, RAN, ACT
For outstanding achievement as Captain Sea Training from August 2011 to September 2014.
Commander Leif Erik Maxfield, RAN, NSW
For outstanding devotion to duty as the Commanding Officer HMAS Tobruk from June 2013 to August 2015.
Conspicuous Service Medal (CSM)
Lieutenant Commander Jared Peter Webb, RAN, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Navigation Officer, Principal Warfare Officer and Operations Officer onboard HMAS Success on Operation MANITOU, from December 2014 to May 2015.
Lieutenant Commander Dylan White, RAN, WA
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Above Water Warfare Officer and Operations Officer in HMAS Perth from February 2013 to July 2015.
Warrant Officer Christopher John Apperley, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Assistant Fleet Whole Ship Coordinator in Sea Training Group - Major Fleet Units from January 2013.
Warrant Officer Darcy Glenn Cook, NSW
For meritorious achievement as the senior Fire Control Warrant Officer within Fleet Command.
Chief Petty Officer Darren John Harkins, NSW
For meritorious devotion to duty as the Hull Maintenance Manager and Damage Control Chief Petty Officer in HMAS Canberra.
Chief Petty Officer Mark Daniel Verhoeven, NT
For meritorious achievement as the Senior Marine Technical Officer in Patrol Boat Crew Attack Four during border protection operations.
Petty Officer Stacey Fay Brotherton, ACT
For meritorious achievement as the Research and Communication Coordinator for the Royal Australian Navy Divisional System.
Leading Seaman Susan Elizabeth Wright, Qld
For meritorious devotion to duty as an Above Water Warfare Instructor, within Training Authority Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson.
The Royal Australian Navy also congratulates members of the extended Navy family honoured in the list.
Dr Donna Marie Odegaard, who was the Commissioning Lady for HMAS Larrakia in 2006, was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to Indigenous cultural heritage through roles with broadcast media organisations, to education and training, and to reconciliation.
Ms Zenka Mathys, who works in the Maritime Division of the Defence Science and Technology Group was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for her outstanding public service through support for Australian Defence Force platforms and operations. Ms Mathys work in assessing recent fire incidents to ensure further fires do not occur directly leads to improved survivability of Navy members at sea.
Anyone can nominate any Australian for an award in the Order of Australia. If you know someone worthy, nominate them now at www.gg.gov.au.