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September 15, 2011
Navy women lead the way New medal
By Claudia Harrison
THE Navy leader set to become the
RAN's first female rear admiral has
been selected as a finalist, along
with Navy's Womens' Strategic
Adviser, in the prestigious Telstra
Business Women's Awards.
Director General Health
Capability CDRE Robyn Walker and
CMDR Jenni Heymans have been
nominated for the awards in 2011.
CDRE Walker is a finalist in the
Community and Government Award
category, while CMDR Heymans is a
finalist in both this category and the
Business Innovation Award.
CDRE Walker will be promoted
to rear admiral in December and
will then assume the position of
Commander Joint Health/Surgeon
Last year CDRE Walker was
appointed a Member of the Order
of Australia for her services to the
ADF as a medical officer, and in 2005
received an internal Defence award
for her work in support of the medical
response to the tsunami the same year.
CDRE Walker said women were
advancing in both officer and sailor
"They are providing excellent role
models for both male and female col-
leagues," CDRE Walker said.
CMDR Heyman's role supports
the development and advancement of
women in the Navy, including advis-
ing Head Navy People and Reputation
and the Chief of Navy on issues relat-
ing to the employment of women.
She was awarded the bronze
award (third place) in the inaugural
Centre for Leadership for Women
'Advancement of Women in the
Workplace Award' in March 2010.
"I am honoured to be considered
as a candidate for the finals," CMDR
"As a senior female Navy officer,
I take an active interest in the profes-
sional and personal development and
mentoring of others.
"Navy women should not under-
estimate their abilities, their profes-
sional work ethic and their achieve-
"I have witnessed the amaz-
ing journey of women in the Navy
over the past 30 years and am proud
of what women can and do achieve
CDRE Walker said Navy had pro-
vided her with many opportunities to
learn and develop as an individual and
she encouraged younger Navy women
to take the opportunities that were
"Work hard and you will inevi-
tably have your efforts noticed and
rewarded," she said.
COMMITMENT RECOGNISED: CDRE
Robyn Walker (left) and CMDR Jenni
Heymans are finalists in the 2011
Telstra Business Women's Awards.
Photo: POIS Ollie Garside
PRESENTATIONS of the newly
struck Australian Service Medal
(ASM) with clasp Counter Terrorist
and Special Recovery (CT/SR) have
The medal was recommended by
the Defence Honours and Awards
Tribunal last year to recognise the
counter-terrorism and special recovery
capability, which was first raised in
1979 within the Special Air Service
The Government accepted the rec-
ommendations and Governor-General
Quentin Bryce endorsed the award on
SOCOMD Projects Officer LTCOL
David Gunning said the ASM with
Clasp 'CT/SR' was a fitting reward
for the people who first raised this
capability and maintained it over many
He said the criteria for the award
provided for service in an online
Tactical Assault Group (TAG) since its
inception in 1980 (as well as service
in the Interim TAG in 1979) to be rec-
ognised by the award of the ASM with
Personnel must have served in the
online TAG for a minimum of 60 days
continuously. This includes members
of the Regimental Command Element
and other specialist troops such as sig-
nallers and intelligence staff.
Other specialist members of the
ADF, such as Special Operations avia-
tion personnel in support of the TAG,
may also receive the medal but only
if they meet the requirement to serve
continuously online for 60 days.
More information and the application form
(AD807) are available at www.defence.
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