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April 15, 2010
By Michael Brooke
IN A Navy career spanning 26
years, including almost three years
as Command Warrant Officer
(CWO), WO Simon Kelly has
learnt to answer opportunity when
it knocks on his door.
In recognition of the endless
opportunities in the Navy, WO Kelly
has stepped down from the covet-
ed position as Command Warrant
Officer to become a commissioned
In a changing of the guard cere-
mony at Fleet HQ on March 25, WO
Kelly handed over the position of the
most senior sailor in the Fleet to WO
The handover ceremony was pre-
sided over by COMAUSFLT, RADM
Steve Gilmore, who praised WO
Kelly and WO Holzberger for their
hardwork and meaningful contribu-
tion to Navy over the years.
RADM Gilmore presented WO
Kelly with his LEUT rank slides
and wished him well with his future
endeavours as an officer, which will
begin in May when he marches into
WO Kelly told Navy News that
the end of his career as a sailor
marked the beginning of a new chap-
ter in his career as an officer.
"One of the great aspects of the
Navy is that there are endless oppor-
tunities to continually challenge
yourself, to do many different and
exciting things," he said.
WO Kelly said his tenure as the
CWO was shaped by his earlier WO
postings: as the Navy's first ever
Changing of the
guard at Fleet
Ship's Warrant Officer (SWO) in
HMAS Success where he "strived to
win", as well as the SWO of HMAS
Penguin where he was "proud to
This enabled him to be "ready
and resolute" in supporting
RADM Gilmore welcomed WO
Holzberger to the position of CWO,
which he said provided crucial
insight and very wise council on a
range of issues, including morale
and welfare, that enabled him to
function as the COMAUSFLT much
Outgoing CWO, WO Simon
Kelly, holds up his presenta-
tion board and, inset, RADM
Steve Gilmore, new CWO
WO Martin Holzberger (left),
and outgoing CWO WO
Photos: ABIS Andrew Dakin
By LEUT Emily Kennedy
AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadet, PO
Martyn Chandler, has been declared the
RSL Tasmania Spirit of Anzac Cadet of
the Year for 2009.
The coveted award earned him 10
days in STS Young Endeavour and he's
hoping to become a seaman officer in the
The Spirit of Anzac Cadet of the
Year rewards a young ADF cadet from
Tasmania each year with a voyage on
board Young Endeavour and is one of
RSL Tasmania's two major youth pro-
RSL CEO Noeleen Lincoln said she
was proud the RSL could be involved in
developing young people in Tasmania.
"The Spirit of Anzac Cadet of the
Year is a great program where nominated
Navy, Army and Air Force cadets from
all over Tasmania submit an essay and
must satisfy an interview panel on their
knowledge of their own Service and gen-
eral military knowledge," she said.
"Qualities such as leadership, fairness,
mateship and how they treat their fellow
cadets are also assessed -- we look for the
qualities shown by the original Anzacs."
Martyn, 18, joined 24 other young
Australians on board Young Endeavour
as this edition of Navy News went to
press to begin the voyage, which aims to
develop teamwork, leadership and com-
A member of the only Australian
Navy Cadet Band Unit in Tasmania,
TS Hobart, Martyn has been a valuable
woodwind player since 2004.
Ms Lincoln said Martyn's essay on
the significance of the RSL in the com-
munity today was outstanding.
"We were so impressed with the essay,
his exceptional dress and bearing and
great nature -- he just shone," she said.
Experience of a lifetime
STAND OUT: Tasmania's
2009 Cadet of the Year, Cadet
PO Martyn Chandler on board
STS Young Endeavour.
Photo: SBLT Carolyn Docking
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