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