Mr Brennan now Major Brennan
ROB BRENNAN lives a double life.
To his Year 6 students at Kawungan State School he is their humble teacher but to his Army Reserve mates he is a commanding major.
These two roles crossed over last week when Mr Brennan headed to Canberra to receive a prestigious award from the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Lieutenant General David Hurley.
Mr Brennan, who has been with the reserve for 18 years, was awarded the Assistant Chief of Defence Force (Reserves) Prize.
He achieved the best result in the Australian Command and Staff College (Reserve) course for modules covering military history and command, management and training. The military hand-picked the top 40 majors from across Australia to take part in the year-long course; an honour in itself.
“To actually get selected to attend the course is a real feather in the cap,” Mr Brennan said. “But to do well is remarkable.”
Mr Brennan said he could not have done the course without the support of the school or his family. Over the year he had to travel to Canberra three times with the course covering joint operations, land operations, tactics, military history and critical analysis. He described it as a “very, very heavy course” he did externally, writing many essays and briefs.
But it all paid off with his top results.
He said receiving the award was fantastic: “It was a real honour and a privilege to get recognised.”
He was also humbled by the pride his students showed, with one of them, Jorja Franklin, boasting to her great uncle David – Lieutenant General Hurley.
As if the course and teaching did not keep Mr Brennan busy enough, he was also in charge of the 11th Brigade’s High Readiness Reserve Combat Team. On top of that he served for three months in Malaysia, commanding an Army Reserve rifle company.
Mr Brennan hopes to be promoted to Lieutenant General in the not-too-distant future; however Kawungan State School will not be getting rid of him any time soon. He has been at the school for 12 years and enjoys the blend his two passions allow him.
“In a classroom I’m in charge of 30 students and it’s very, very rewarding to guide them along their paths. But it’s completely different to commanding 170 troops overseas.”