Throwing their hats in the air today marked not only the end of their time at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), but also the start of a new phase in the military careers of 265 midshipmen, and officer cadets.
The Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC was joined by the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon, the Acting Chief of the Defence Force Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO, Commandant of ADFA Commodore Bruce Kafer and other distinguished guests and families at the 2012 graduation parade.
“The parade marks the successful completion of academic studies and military training at ADFA for these young men and women. It is a major milestone and marks the beginning of their careers as junior leaders of the Australian Defence Force,” Commodore Kafer said.
“The education and training provided at ADFA equips midshipmen and officer cadets with the fundamental knowledge, skills and qualities of character they will need as young officers in the Australian Defence Force. I know that this year’s graduating class, as leaders in the Defence Force, will demonstrate the high levels of professionalism, integrity and leadership that is critical to success in the modern ADF.”
During the parade, the Academy’s most prestigious award, the Commander-in-Chief Medal, was awarded to Midshipman Douglas Phillips. This medal is awarded to the most outstanding graduate in the fields of military and academic achievement as well as leadership, personal example and performance of duty.
Air Marshal Binskin presented the Chief of the Defence Force Sword of Honour for Leadership to Midshipman Matthew Bell, who displayed the highest standard of leadership and officer development among the graduating class and the RSL Sword of Honour to Midshipman Cleo Telford.
Midshipman James Ferrari, Officer Cadet James Haw, and Officer Cadet Piotr Gluchowski were awarded the Chief of Navy, Chief of Army and Chief of Air Force prizes respectively.
The Australian midshipmen and officer cadets who graduated today will be posted to establishments around Australia to continue their training, or commence operational duties. The international cadets will return to their homelands or undertake further academic studies at ADFA.
“I am very proud to farewell the graduating class of 2012. I have no doubt the experiences and friendships developed during their time at ADFA will last a lifetime,” Commodore Kafer said.
Imagery will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/C120576
Anjali Skandaraja, ADFA Public Affairs, 0467 817 250
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999