Receiving the Navy League of Australia Trophy as a symbol of their success, Lieutenant Zoe Evans, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer and Petty Officer Blake Kroning.
Receiving the Navy League of Australia Trophy as a symbol of their success, Lieutenant Zoe Evans, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer and Petty Officer Blake Kroning. Valerie Horton

TS Maryborough recognised as nation's best cadet unit

TS MARYBOROUGH has added another value to their organisation - teamwork.

The cadets will be putting out challenges to see who will raise the Pennants flag that was awarded to them at the weekend.

The flag they will fly represents them being the best unit in Australia.

Executive officer Andrew Kelly said at the ceremony held on Saturday it was the culmination of 18 months of preparation and hard work.

"We started off with annual assessment in 2017 where our flotilla commander came and assessed the skills and ceremonial readiness of our cadets in the unit," he said.

"We were then successful in being named the most efficient and daring unit in the flotilla, which is 10 cadet units from Bribie Island to Rockhampton, so we were the best of that bunch.

 

TS Maryborough executive officer Andrew Kelly salutes dignataries.
TS Maryborough executive officer Andrew Kelly salutes dignataries. Valerie Horton

"We were then nominated for the national round of the competition.

"The national commander came and did the same process - reviewed our youth development framework and skills.

"The chief of navy at the end of last year announced publicly that TS Maryborough was the most efficient unit in the country.

"I was very proud of the cadets - they definitely own the achievement

"As staff we are here to guide them and build them up into strong leaders and good citizens.

 

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, Petty Officer Blake Kroning and Lieutenant Zoe Evans with the pennant that is to be raised for all of 2018's parades.
Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer, Petty Officer Blake Kroning and Lieutenant Zoe Evans with the pennant that is to be raised for all of 2018's parades. Valerie Horton

The Pennants will be flown every single parade and that will continue until the best unit for 2018 is announced, which hopefully will be us again."

Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy nominated the unit for the nationals and during the ceremony was also awarded with a long service medal.

She said it was very unexpected to receive an award for her 40 years of service.

The lieutenant commander's husband was also in the navy and her children all went through cadets.

"It was a great idea to enrol our children in the navy - one is still in the navy - it gave them independence and self-reliance and so many other skills and friendships that still last today," she said.

"I still have friendships."

 

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer presented Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy the Federation Star Service medal for her 40 years of commitment to the navy.
Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer presented Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy the Federation Star Service medal for her 40 years of commitment to the navy. Valerie Horton

Lt Cdr Kennedy said she enjoyed watching the cadets grow and learn.

"They come in nervous and timid and they move on and you receive an invitation to the wedding or christening and I think I made a difference - it doesn't matter if you aren't in the navy, you are a responsible citizen," she said.

When asked about nominating TS Maryborough, the flotilla commander of units from Rockhampton to Bribie Island said "of course I nominated them - they were outstanding".

"I can't say that they are all as good as this one but they are all good in their own rights," she said.

"I went round to all my flotillas and they were the best."

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer said it was a fantastic event.

"Training Ship Maryborough has been awarded the Navy League Trophy as the top navy unit in Australia against 90 other units across Australia," he said. "The cadets and staff from TS Maryborough have done a wonderful job in training throughout 2017 in all sorts of elements of their program.

"They have been assessed as the best in the nation.

"To achieve this stature the cadets needed to perform ceremonial activities, boat work, marine activities, teamwork, various aspects of their training program to ensure that they are developing as young Australians.

 

Highest ranked officers applaud TS Maryborough.
Highest ranked officers applaud TS Maryborough. Valerie Horton

"The Australian Defence Force Cadets, regardless of whether they are army, navy or air force, are seen as one of the best youth development programs in Australia.

"They learn teamwork, courage, how to be disciplined in what they do."



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