Of­fi­cer will leave a com­mand­ing legacy

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

IT WAS with a heavy heart that Whit­sun­day Navy Cadet Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer James Lang com­pleted his last Anzac Day march in Air­lie Beach.

Af­ter spend­ing seven years in his role in the Whit­sun­days, Sub Lieu­tenant Lang is mov­ing to Cairns in May to re­sume a ca­reer as a prison of­fi­cer.

He said Anzac Day was al­ways his proud­est moment and re­flected on how far the navy cadets had come.

“The kids just ab­so­lutely un­der­stand and re­spect the whole process and put 110% in and that’s more than I could ask for,” he said.

“I’ve watched this group of kids go from hippy teenagers to ma­ture peo­ple over time and I’ve had a ball do­ing it.”

Sub Lt Lang com­mended the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity which didn’t let Cy­clone Deb­bie get in the way of at­ten­dance.

“Ev­ery per­son was af­fected by the cy­clone to some de­gree and for ev­ery­one to turn up and com­mit to the early hours of the dawn ser­vices is lovely to see,” he said.

Seven years ago, only 6–7 peo­ple were in the Whit­sun­day navy cadet pro­gram, but to­day it has grown to more than 25.

Sub Lt Lang’s life has re­volved around the mil­i­tary, hav­ing first joined as a navy cadet when he was young, then un­der­go­ing 10 years of full-time ser­vice be­fore mov­ing on to the navy re­serve for 15 years and re­turn­ing to the navy cadets in the Whit­sun­days.

Anzac Day is an im­por­tant day of re­flec­tion for many peo­ple, and for Sub Lt Lang, who re­mem­bers at­tend­ing ev­ery ser­vice since he was 10, it strikes a par­tic­u­larly strong chord.

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of NTS Whit­sun­day James Lang.

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