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July 21, 2011
By SPR Nick Wiseman
TIME flies when you're having fun
-- or so it seems for LEUT Stephen
LEUT Cottam, one of two Navy
officers awarded with the Federation
Star in June for 40 years' service, said
the thought of reaching the milestone
had never crossed his mind.
"I've just been happy to do the
job and excited by the work I've been
"A career highlight would be my
command job on HMAS Sydney
between 1988-1990 when I was the
flight senior maintenance sailor on the
CAPT Bill Garner was also award-
ed with the Federation Star, the fifth
clasp to the Defence Long Service
The pair were presented their
awards in separate ceremonies to mark
CAPT Garner received his award
at Chief of Navy Ray Griggs' office
while chairing the 2011 WO selection
He said the DLSM was a notable
award and anyone seen wearing it had
been recognised for their long-term
commitment to the ADF.
"Whenever I see a Federation Star
on a crusty warrant officer or senior
officer such as the previous CDF, I
think to myself, 'hats off to you
mate'," CAPT Garner said.
"The fifth clasp marking 40 years
is particularly special and essentially
marks someone who has spent their
entire working life in the ADF."
CAPT Garner joined in 1971 and
served on a range of ships, command-
ed HMAS Westralia and participated
in a range of operations from Vietnam
to Op Damask in the Persian Gulf.
LEUT Cottam received his award
during a visit to Defence Force
Recruiting HQ in Canberra.
LEUT Cottam enlisted in the Navy
in 1971 and worked through the ranks
until he was commissioned in 2007.
He served on a range of ships and
establishments such as HMA Ships
Sydney and Melbourne.
For more information about the Federation
Star and other honours and awards, visit
'Hats off' for dedicated service13
The Federation Star is the
fifth clasp to the Defence
Long Service Medal
When awarded, the
Federation Star replaces
four rosettes (clasps), which
each signifies a further five
years of service after the
DLSM's initial 15-year rec-
Additional Federation Stars
are added for additional
periods of service.
WELL DONE: Chief of Navy VADM Ray Griggs presents CAPT Bill
Garner with his Federation Star clasp and, inset, LEUT Stephen Cottam.
Main photo: LS Andrew Dakin
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