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September 1, 2011
By Michael Brooke
FORMAL recognition for hard
work and dedication to duty came
as a surprise to several sailors and
officers when their names were
read out at the HMAS Kuttabul
monthly morning tea on August 3.
Sixteen officers and sail-
ors were surprised by Kuttabul's
Commanding Officer, CMDR
Christine Clarke, who presented an
array of awards ranging from med-
als to certificates of promotion and
"I really didn't expect this for-
mal recognition from the Chief of
Navy," said LEUT Darren Wolter,
who was presented with his first
clasp to the Defence Long Service
Medal (DLSM) and a Certificate of
The certificate was signed by
former Chief of Navy VADM Russ
Crane and praised LEUT Wolter for
his 20-year contribution to "main-
taining the security of Australia
through personal sacrifice and devo-
tion to duty, which are in the finest
traditions of the RAN".
LEUT Wolter said he joined the
Navy in February 1991 when the
country was gripped by recession
and the RAN offered job security as
well as challenges and rewards.
"I've overcome numerous chal-
lenges during the past 20 years but I
have never regretted a single day in
the Navy," he said.
CMDR Clarke said the monthly
morning tea was an excellent oppor-
tunity to acknowledge the hard work
and dedication of sailors.
Other award recipients includ-
ed CPO Chris Boardman who also
received his first clasp to the DLSM,
while the DLSM was awarded to
LEUT Richard Kwiatek, LEUT
Scott Rivett, CPO Dan Kilkolly and
AB Marcus Thompson.
LCDR Charles Jones received
his third clasp to the DLSM.
LS Damien Burrows was pre-
sented with the Afghanistan medal,
while LS Lee Addison, LS Liz
Duve, PO Michael Linton and WO
Hugh Johnson were presented with
the Australian Service Medal clasp
'S Pacific 2006'.
AB Peter Nagle received the
Australian Defence Medal, while
LS Brad Wessling received the
International Coalition Against
Terrorism clasp to the Australian
Active Service Medal and CMDR
Ted Cummins was awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation.
By Michael Brooke
AS A 12-year-old boy who loved
sailing, never in Chaplain CMDR
Murray Lund's wildest dreams could
he imagine he would one day visit
the Holy Land while deployed with
CMDR Lund spoke of his jour-
ney through life and the Middle East
after receiving the NATO Medal and
Certificate for service in support of the
International Security Assistance Force
The Uniting Church minister was
presented with the awards, signed
by the UN Secretary-General, at the
HMAS Kuttabul monthly morning tea
on August 3.
CMDR Lund was deployed during
November 2010 and March 2011, dur-
ing which time he visited ADF bases in
Afghanistan, Iraq and Bahrain.
"I was based in the coalition head-
quarters but my job was of the roving
kind that allowed me to visit the bases
in Kabul, Tarin Kot, Baghdad and
Bahrain," he said.
CMDR Lund said he was a men-
tor and offered deployed personnel a
shoulder on which to cry for support.
"One of my main roles was support-
ing chaplains who were posted to ADF
bases full-time," he said.
CMDR Lund, who has five deploy-
ments under his belt, said he joined the
Navy 20 years ago to "escape a mid-life
"I was a minister for 20 years and
wanted to do something different. I
joined the Navy because I always loved
sailing as a youngster," he said.
RECOGNITION: HMAS Kuttabul's CO, CMDR Christine Clarke, presents LEUT Darren Wolter with the
first clasp of the Defence Long Service Medal and a Certificate of Appreciation.
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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