Officer will leave a commanding legacy
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.