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THE thunderous applause of 600
Muslim students was more than LEUT
Rachel Bobko bargained for when she
went to the Al-Faisal College in Sydney
to present Long Tan Leadership and
Teamwork Awards on December 5.
“I didn’t know what to expect
and was overwhelmed by their warm
welcome,” LEUT Bobko, of HMAS
LEUT Bobko is one of more than
250 Navy personnel who visited, or will
visit, almost 1000 high schools across
the country from December 2012 to
February to present the annual ADF
awards to outstanding students.
Students from Years 7-12 applauded
LEUT Bobko for her speech about lead-
ership and teamwork in the ADF, which
highlighted the importance of equity
“These are the qualities that are val-
ued with the service community and
those which the wider community asso-
ciated with the ADF,” she said.
“More importantly, it is these quali-
ties that have built our nation and form
the basis of the spirit of Anzac.”
The Long Tan Awards were present-
ed to Zeryab Cheema, Houda Boucetta
and Mohammad Hamed.
Principal Ghazwa Adra-Khan said
like the Navy the school shared funda-
mental human values and morals regard-
less of cultural backgrounds or faith.
“We value the diversity of back-
grounds our students and staff bring to
learning and teaching,” she said.
“As Australian Muslims, we are proud
we are part of this big family ‘Australia’.”
Navy Coordinator WO Rob Drew
said he was proud of the way in which
Navy people responded to the call for
ADF presenters and speakers.
“We have already received over-
whelmingly positive feedback from
many of the schools,” he said.
The Long Tan Awards began in
WHEN CPOEW Cheryl Fogg was
promoted to warrant officer she
achieved the significant milestone of
becoming Navy’s first female WO in
the Combat Warfare Branch.
The promotion ceremony at
HMAS Watson on November 8 last
year marked another important step in
WOEW Fogg’s career.
“Being the first WOEW is both
an honour and a great responsibility,”
WOEW Fogg said.
CO Watson and TAMW CAPT Jay
Banister presented WOEW Fogg with
her new rank-slides and told her of the
leadership challenges she would face.
“Today’s ceremony marks a new
beginning for the warfare category
with the promotion of the first female
warrant officer,” he said.
CAPT Bannister said the promo-
tion recognised WOEW Fogg’s lead-
ership qualities that would serve her
well in her new posting as Electronic
Warfare category manager in
WOEW Fogg said she led by
example and that her message for
women in the Navy was that anything
“Do not let gender hold you back,
work hard and the Navy and people will
reward you for those efforts,” she said.
“Always challenge yourself and
don’t settle for second best.”
WOEW Fogg joined Navy as a
combat system operator (CSO) and
was posted to the Australian Strategic
Theatre Joint Intelligence Centre as
an electronic intelligence analyst
while awaiting a sea posting to HMAS
Sydney in 1998.
While serving in Sydney she con-
ducted a South East Asian deployment
and an operational deployment in East
Timor in 1999.
As an LSCSO she joined Joint
Electronic Warfare Support Unit as
one of the first Navy members in the
joint squadron and was the primary
programmer for SLQ 32.
In this role, WOEW Fogg trav-
elled to Dahlgren, Virginia to assist in
programming issues with the system
before Sydney departed for the MEAO
after September 11.
She served in HMAS Newcastle and
completed Operation Resolute service
before returning to the MEAO in 2003.
In 2004 she joined Watson to con-
duct the Combat Systems Supervisors
course before serving in HMA Ships
Darwin and Toowoomba.
“I originally changed from a CSM
to EW for the prospect of a new chal-
lenge, having already served my time
as a CSM on Toowoomba, the chance of
returning to sea was limited,” she said.
“The move to EW offered me a
chance to specialise in a field that I
am and have always been passionate
She has been the Chief Instructor
Electronic Warfare since October
“We have highly motivated sailors
and highly capable equipment com-
ing on line, so it is a very exciting and
challenging time,” she said.
Promotion warrants notice
CONGRATULATIONS: WOEW Cheryl Fogg is given flowers from Indyanna and Morgan Ryan to celebrate her
promotion as OIC School of Maritime Warfare CMDR David Tietzel looks on.
Photo: ABIS Sarah Ebsworth
RAN interpreter AB Bai-Kong Lee
was lost for words when HMAS
Kuttabul opened her gangway to a
Chinese admiral and three visiting
But AB Lee managed to over-
come his nerves to help CO
Kuttabul CMDR Todd Willson
welcome RADM Zhou Xuming
and People’s Liberation Army-
Navy (PLA-N) senior officers to
Sydney on a four-day port visit from
AB Lee said it was the first time
he had met anyone so important.“It
was a big occasion. I have never
met an admiral before,” he said.
AB Lee, who is fluent in
Mandarin, was busy for more than
an hour helping CMDR Willson and
RADM Zhou exchange pleasantries.
“When I joined the RAN seven
years ago I never dreamed that I
would be welcoming Chinese Navy
top-brass,” he said.
The sailor from HMAS Harman
also had a busy morning helping
RAN and PLA-N sailors talk to
each other about their different cul-
tures and conditions of service.
A carnival atmosphere blos-
somed at Kuttabul when the war-
ships Yi Yang, Chang Zhou and Qian
Dao Hu stopped in Sydney on their
return to China from counter-piracy
duties in the Gulf of Aden.
The Chinese community turned
out in large numbers with ceremo-
nial dancing lions and dragons while
the RAN band performed some con-
temporary rock and Navy classics.
CMDR Willson said China was an
important partner in the region, with
the two nations sharing a positive
and constructive defence relation-
ship that included frequent port vis-
In a sign of the maturing
friendship, the RAN and PLA-N
exchanged lessons learned from
counter-piracy operations in the
Gulf of Aden and committed to
continuing constructive dialogue on
maritime security issues.
HMAS Newcastle also opened
her gangway to welcome RADM
Zhou and senior officers on board
for a tour.
The PLA-N delegation also
toured HMAS Choules and ADV
PLA-N drops in on HMAS Kuttabul
Popular visit for
to students at
in Sydney about
the Long Tan
VIP VISIT: RADM Zhou
Xuming visits Choules
(above) as (inset) AB
Bai Kong Lee takes on
the role of interpreter
for the visits.
Photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi
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