Lieutenant Colonel Scott Foster (1989)
Scott Foster enlisted in the Australian Regular Army on 12 July 1994. Upon completion of recruitment training, he was allocated to the Royal Australian Corps of Transport and completed initial employment training as an Air Dispatcher. After soldiering for four years, he was selected to attend the Royal Military College Duntroon, and in 2000 was commissioned into the Royal Australian Corps of Military Police. Scott has completed an array of appointments including the 9th Force Support Battalion, 1st Military Police Battalion, the Defence Force School of Policing, the Australian Defence Force Academy, Career Management – Army, Army Headquarters, the Australian War College and was selected for a representational exchange with the United States Marine Corps Military Police. Of note, Scott has fulfilled the appointment of Provost Marshal – Army, the Australian Army’s senior military police officer role and Head of Corps. Scott’s career has been highlighted by operational deployments to Egypt with the Multinational Forces and Observers; to Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force and most recently, as the Chief of Staff Joint Kabul Command – Advisor Team 7. Scott is currently posted to Forces Command in Sydney and is due to mark 30 years in the Australian Army in July 2024.
Flight Lieutenant Brendan Campbell (2003)
Brendan Campbell enlisted in the Airforce in April 2007 as an Avionics Technician, completing tours maintaining AP-3C Orion aircraft at 10 Squadron and FA-18 A/B Classic Hornets at 75 Squadron. In 2015 Brendan was commissioned to the Officer rank as an Air Battle Manager and begun training on the E-7A Wedgetail. He has spent the last 7 years at 2 Squadron and has amassed almost 2000 flying hours on board the Wedgetail as a Mission Commander conducting Airborne Command and Control duties at home and abroad. During his career, Flight Lieutenant Campbell has deployed to the Middle East region in support of Operations Slipper, Okra and Accordian, and was heavily involved in Operation Resolute for Australia’s Border Protection. In 2019-2020 Brendan was deployed to the US led Combined Air Operations Centre in Qatar as Task Element Commander in support of the coalition operations throughout Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan where he was awarded an ADF Gold Commendation and a United States Meritorious Service Medal.
Officer Aimee Jeffers (2016)
After graduating, Aimee Jeffers joined the Navy as a Maritime Logistics Officer. She completed a number of deployments to Indo-Pacific, Tonga and regional presence deployments. Aimee graduated from ADFA with a Bachelor of Business and has helped to rebuild Tonga after the volcano eruption and tsunami in 2022.
“I’ve had amazing opportunities such as abseiling down buildings in Martin Place, physically helping Tonga rebuild, visited all the ports of the world, ridden in helicopters and met amazing people.” Now Aimee is helping to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
Chief Petty Officer Electronics Technician Alex Lewington (1988)
Alex Lewington joined the Royal Australian Navy, where he served as an Electronics Technician for over 24 years. Alex spent 11 years at sea, visited 26 countries, served on peacekeeping duties in the Solomon Islands and spent 13 months in the Persian Gulf on active service, including the commencement of the 2nd Gulf War. Alex was also part of numerous border protection operations.
“My primary role in the Navy was as an Electronics Technician specialising in operating and maintaining Naval gunnery, missile and torpedo systems. Like all Sailors, I also had ancillary roles in shipboard firefighting and damage control, the helicopter flight deck team and as a Watch Coordinator for force protection operations in high-risk ports.
As I progressed through the ranks, my role changed to a more managerial job whereby I had men and women working under me, and I was responsible for their training and career progression, plus their personal welfare and well-being.
My final job in the RAN was working in a tri-service unit at HQ Joint OperationsCommand as a front-line point of contact for all welfare issues for deployed personnel and their families. This also included suicide counselling and accidental care counselling and was especially challenging when we had KIA and WIA personnel in theatre”.
Alex discharged voluntarily at the age of 43 after surviving a bout of stage 4 cancer. Now he is a stay-at-home dad to two teenage girls living in rural Victoria.
“I would willingly do it all again in a heartbeat. I lived and worked with some truly extraordinary people, saw some horrendous things, visited a plethora of magnificent ports and lived all over our great country.
The Navy gave me many skills and taught me many valuable life lessons along the way. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I loved it”.
Captain Sarah Watson (1996)
Sarah Watson (Hingston), who was elected as the Daramalan College School Captain in 1996, relates this experience to the choice of her future career.
“The School Captain role certainly brought me out of my shell as I had to speak regularly in front of a few hundred peers. I believe this leadership role set me on the path that led to me joining the Army in 1997, straight after finishing Daramalan, just after I turned 18.
I served in the Australian Army for 18 1/2 years in the Intelligence Corps and, during this time, deployed to Iraq for 7 months in 2007. I left the Army in 2015 and found a new purpose post-service through sport. I was selected to compete at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, where I won 5 Gold and 2 Silver medals for Australia in Swimming, Cycling and Running. I loved these three sports so much that I combined them and started racing in Triathlon Events. I have since raced at the International World Championship level in both Ironman (Hawaii and Abu Dhabi) and Triathlon races, representing Australia. This year, I will race again for Australia in Triathlon in Hamburg. I am a qualified Triathlon Australia Coach and own a coaching business called Good2Go Mindset”.
Sarah has also done a tremendous job helping veterans and their families to overcome traumatic experiences and find their place in Civil life.
Jack Whitmore (2018)
Jack enlisted into The Royal Australian Navy in March 2019 as a Boatswain’s Mate.
“As a Boatswain’s Mate my day-to-day life includes being on the bridge, steering the ship, boarding party member on the RHIBs (rigid hulled inflatable boats) and weapons handling’. Jack is also trained in amphibious assault operations and has served on HMA Ships Stuart and Choules. Jack Whitmore is currently based out of Fleet Base East on HMAS Arunta. He has the added roles of being an endorsed RHIB Coxswain and the ship’s Navigator’s Yeoman. Jack is currently being posted to HMAS Toowoomba out of HMAS Stirling in Perth in 2024.
Posted By , 05 Jun 2023