Ex-Coffs cadet wins top award
A FORMER Coffs Harbour naval cadet has won the top award at his recent graduation at HMAS Cerberus in Victoria.
Sub-Lieutenant Benjamin Cole, who, like his brother Lieutenant Nathan Cole, attended St Augustine's Primary School, John Paul College and was a member of TS Vendetta Australian Navy Cadets, has just completed a four-year degree in Melbourne through the RAN.
Sub-Lieutenant Cole was among more than 500 sailors, soldiers, airmen and airwomen formed up for the HMAS Cerberus 2014 Ceremonial Divisions.
The Reviewing Officer for the parade was Commodore Phillip Spedding, DSC, OAM, RAN, while honoured guest Corporal Dan Keighran VC was invited to act as co-reviewing officer.
Corporal Keighran is the third recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia to be awarded during the conflict in Afghanistan.
During a special visit to HMAS Cerberus, Corporal Keighran was guest of honour at a Recruit School graduation parade, Ceremonial Divisions and Gala Dinner, where he shared his experiences and told of the events that led to him being awarded the VC, and how his life has changed since receiving it.