A former Army radio operator who transferred to the Navy in 2011 to gain sea time, experience, knowledge and skills before he decided his future, received a Conspicuous Service Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Course coordination and planning assistant at HMAS Watson Able Seaman Boastwains Mate Daniel Peters received the award “for meritorious devotion to duty in the field of Navy training, course planning and co-ordination”.
Able Seaman Peters completed eight years in the Army and transferred to the Navy because of his interest in the maritime environment.
His current duties are for Boatswain Faculty training on behalf of the Training Authority – Maritime Warfare Course Coordination Cell at Watson.
“With the introduction of initial employment training programming requirements, my area was required to design, compile and coordinate the training within PMKeys [personnel management system] in a relatively short timeline,” he said.
“I used my knowledge of the requirements for program sessions and the associated management of such programs to manipulate an excel database, improving the basic structure of the document to optimise procedures to support programming requirements.
“This maximised efficiency and reduced human errors, enabling simplified processing on module completion.”
Able Seaman Peters said designing the spreadsheet was simple enough, but the implementation was a little more difficult, noting the multiple training schools and vast locations across the country.
“I assisted in creating a training video to describe the routines to be followed and the outline of how to use the spreadsheet,” he said.
“This was sent to each faculty to ensure staff professional development was available to all.
“The process itself has provided schools and faculties with greater ownership and visibility of personnel throughout the program and reduced human errors in data input.
“With the simplicity of the management system, it improved the overall workflow between all groups and was highly regarded by the governance cell in Navy’s Training Force command citing it as a ‘best practice’ for all to follow.”
Able Seaman Peters said he was grateful to be recognised with the award.
“It’s such an honour, it’s a little overwhelming, but I’m thankful for all the support from my family, friends and my workplace,” he said.
“My wife was so excited, she’s quite proud and said it was a well-deserved award for all the hard work I’ve done, and my parents are over the moon – they said ‘saying we’re proud just doesn’t cut it’.”
“I actually hope this inspires more nominations for junior sailors in the future.”