ADFA class of 2014 celebrate milestone achievement
11 December 2014
Following three years of military and academic studies, 220 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated today from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). They are now ready to become junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
The Graduation Parade’s Reviewing Officer Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC was joined by the Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC, ADFA Commandant Air Commodore Alan Clements, and other distinguished guests and families at the 2014 Graduation Parade.
“Today’s parade is a major milestone in the careers of these men and women. They joined us as young trainees and now that they have successfully completed their military training and academic studies, they will head into the broader ADF as junior leaders,” AIRCDRE Alan Clements said.
“The education and training provided at ADFA is designed to teach the officer cadets and midshipmen how to lead and excel. 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, values that are critical to success in the ADF.”
During the parade the Academy’s most prestigious award, the Commander in Chief Medal, was awarded to Officer Cadet Mitchell Apted. 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 Officer Cadet Jacob Pratten, who displayed the highest standard of leadership and officer development among the graduating class, and the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN presented the RSL Sword of Honour to Officer Cadet Larissa Whitton.
Midshipman Madeleine Damiris, Officer Cadet Daniel Cateley and Officer Cadet Shane Ivimey 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 be posted to establishments around Australia to continue their training, or to commence operational duties.
“I am very proud to farewell the graduating class of 2014. It has been an honour and privilege to train these talented young people,” AIRCDRE Clements said.
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