Cleary to set sail

Central and North Burnett Times - - OPINION -

CIVIL­IAN life was not the call­ing for lo­cal lad Ben­jamin Cleary.

The Gayn­dah man re­cently grad­u­ated from the Navy Col­lege HMAS Creswell as a mid­ship­man.

Grow­ing up in Gayn­dah, Mid­ship­man Cleary went to school at St Joseph’s Catholic Pri­mary School and was a star player with the Gayn­dah Gla­di­a­tors rugby league team.

An ed­u­ca­tion at Down­lands Col­lege in Too woomba led the 21-yearold to study at the Univer­sity of New South Wales with the Aus­tralian De­fence Force.

“I was look­ing for­ward to com­plet­ing ter­tiary-level ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, I wanted some­thing more than a day-to-day job as a civil­ian,” Mid­ship­man Cleary said.

“I devel­oped a pas­sion for want­ing to serve my coun­try, fur­ther de­velop my ed­u­ca­tion and sport­ing in­ter­ests.”

So along with 61 other grad­u­ates, Mid­ship­man Cleary spent the last 21 weeks be­ing in­ducted into the navy way of life and will now go on to un­der­take spe­cial­ist train­ing as a sup­ply of­fi­cer.

“A sup­ply of­fi­cer is re­spon­si­ble for the lo­gis­tics de­part­ment in or­der to pro­vide com­mand on the re­source sus­tain­abil­ity in meet­ing the ca­pa­bil­ity readi­ness of ships in the navy,” he said.

De­fence Force chief Gen­eral David Hur­ley and Navy chief Vice Ad­mi­ral Ray Griggs re­viewed Mid­ship­man Cleary as part of the for­mal cer­e­mony re­cently.

Photo: Contributed

NEW OF­FI­CER: Mid­ship­man Ben­jamin Cleary fromGayn­dah takes time out from the New En­try Of­fi­cers' Course Pass­ing Out Pa­rade re­hearsals.

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