Mentor goes above and beyond to train our future force

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 (photo: Corporal Max Bree)

Leading Seaman Combat Systems Operator Susan Wright has been awarded a Conspicuous Service Medal in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for her 'admirable professionalism and selfless devotion to duty as an Above Water Warfare Instructor within Training Authority Maritime Warfare at HMAS Watson.'
Her delivery of superior training and exceptional student support has directly contributed to increased course pass rates and the provision of highly trained and prepared Combat System Operators to the fleet.
Leading Seaman Wright said she was proud to have been nominated and astounded to receive the award.
“My civilian friends probably won’t know of such an award and will require some explaining, but I think my Defence friends will be pretty proud,” she said.
Leading Seaman Wright instructed the Basic Combat Systems Operator Course and assisted instructing the intermediate courses from 2012 to 2015. She also took it upon herself to help students with problems outside the courses.
“I love doing the extra stuff that students can benefit from and seeing them improve their performance by the end of the courses is great.
“Anything from support for personal issues, trying to get their heads around the amount of new information they are learning and helping them understand life in the Navy as a whole all help to get the students through,” she said.
After two deployments to the Middle East and numerous Operation RESOLUTE patrols, Leading Seaman Wright says she still enjoys being a Combat Systems Operator.