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October 13, 2011
By LEUT Geoff Howship and
LEUT Chloe Wootten
THE warfare community welcomed a
wave of officers on September 2 with
the graduation ceremony for Junior
Warfare Officer Application Course 52
at HMAS Watson.
Thirty-nine men and women
received their Navigation Watchkeeping
Certificates from Director General
Navy Capability Transition CDRE Ian
Middleton, marking the completion of
almost 18 months of demanding training.
When addressing the graduates,
CDRE Middleton reflected on his own
experience as a junior officer.
"The most fun I had in all my post-
ings is where you are right now," he said.
"You have the skills and have proven
your ability -- now seize the moment and
show your captain your potential.
"Leadership, your personal example,
integrity, the rest of our values and our
Signature Behaviours will hold you in
CDRE Middleton, who is also the
head of the warfare community, high-
lighted the importance of the roles the
group would undertake during their
"The Navy of 2022 will include
three Air Warfare Destroyers, three large
amphibious ships, eight upgraded Anzac-
class frigates and six Collins-class sub-
marines -- it is an exciting future," he
said.The following awards were presented
during the ceremony:
Otto Albert Memorial Prize (high-
est results in the Fleet Board) -- SBLT
Mark Karow (dux);
Ian McDonald Memorial Prize
(most improved) -- SBLT Jessica
Department of Defence Prize (best
performance overall in Phase Four
Bridge Simulator) -- SBLT Mark
Warfare Community Medallion
(highest Navy Values) -- LEUT Glynis
Commanding Officer's Pen Prize
(highest standard during Phase Four
Warfare) -- SBLT Darren Shuback.
The students have now posted to
sea to complete their Bridge Warfare
Certificates in the next step towards roles
as specialist Principal Warfare Officers
under the new Maritime Warfare Officer
To learn more, visit the Navy warfare website
MILESTONE: The graduates of JWAC 52 at HMAS Watson.
By Graham McBean
CHIEF of Navy VADM Ray
Griggs is leading the way for
Navy's second year of support to
Ocsober -- a fundraising effort to
provide alcohol, drug and health
awareness in schools.
The Ocsober event is the annual
fundraiser for Life Education
VADM Griggs said he signed up
with the Team Navy effort for the
full 31 days.
"I encourage all members to get
on board with Ocsober and make the
most out of this opportunity to kick
start a healthy balance for summer,"
VADM Griggs said he also
encouraged each unit to consider
how they could challenge them-
selves to become a team of healthier
and fitter people.
Navy launched its support to
Ocsober last year and won the
NSW/ACT fundraising challenge
and was fifth nationally in the effort
to raise funds. Life Education's
2011 fundraising goal is $750,000.
Signing up on the website is easy
and, for those with a special occa-
sion during October, $25 and $50
leave passes can be bought to get
the night off.
Navy's Alcohol and Drug
Program Coordinator LCDR Dee
Williams said Ocsober was a great
way to support a good cause and get
healthy as well.
Cheers to alcohol-free month
"A lot of people who partici-
pated last year said it raised their
awareness of how much alcohol is
involved in our social lives," LCDR
"They also realised that you
don't have to drink alcohol to have a
good time at social functions."
Personnel can sign up or donate
royal_australian_navy and use the
HEALTHY BALANCE: Life
Education and Ocsober mascot,
Healthy Harold, meets kids during
HMAS Stirling's Family Fun Day.
Photo: ABIS Dove Smithett
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