Hats off to the Australian Defence Force Academy class of 2015

10 December 2015 | Media Release

Following three years of military and academic studies, 200 officer cadets and midshipmen today graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy and have begun the next phase of their careers as junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force.
 
The 2015 Graduation Parade’s Reviewing Officer, Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC, was joined by the Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mark Binskin, AC, and other distinguished guests and families.
 
Commandant of ADFA Air Commodore Alan Clements said the young men and women who graduated today joined ADFA as trainee officers and now that they had successfully completed their military training and academic studies, they would head into the broader Australian Defence Force as junior leaders.
 
“Over the past three years they have learned how to lead and excel. Today’s parade celebrated a very important milestone in their careers. It has been a pleasure watching them graduate today and I expect that they will make fine officers, demonstrating high levels of courage, respect, integrity and professionalism,” he said.
 
During the parade, the academy’s most prestigious award, the Commander in Chief Medal, was awarded to Air Force Officer Cadet Brian Duane. 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.
 
ACM Binskin presented the Chief of the Defence Force Sword of Honour for Leadership to Army Officer Cadet George Lynn, who displayed the highest standard of leadership and officer development among the graduating class.  Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN presented the RSL Sword of Honour to Army Officer Cadet Phoebe Sutherland.
 
Midshipman Dean Gilbert, Officer Cadet Harry Wagner, and Officer Cadet Danielle Jorgensen were awarded the Chief of Navy, Chief of Army and Chief of Air Force prizes respectively.
 
The officer cadets and midshipmen who graduated today will begin the next phase of their careers as junior leaders, and will be posted to establishments around Australia, continue their training, or commence operational duties.
 
“It has been an honour and privilege to train the graduating class of 2015 and I wish them well for the next phase of their careers as junior leaders of the Australian Defence Force,” AIRCDRE Clements said.  
 
Media note:
Imagery will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/C151259
 
Media contact:
Defence Media (02) 6127 1999


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Issued by Ministerial and Executive Coordination and Communication,
Department of Defence,
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6127 1999 Fax: 02 6265 6946

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