'Humbled' by award
HIS “exemplary leadership and meticulous planning skills” led to Gympie’s Major Lyndon Jackson being awarded a Commander Joint Logistics Commendation recently.
Major Jackson, is the son of Evan and Valmae Jackson from Long Flat and he is a former Gympie State High School student.
He has 24 years experience as a member of the defence force.
His ability to demonstrate “high levels of diligence, commitment and self sacrifice” and his “demonstrated leadership and professional ability” were other characteristics that led to his Commendation.
Major Jackson was presented with the Commendation by Air Vice Marshall (AVM) Margaret Staib AM, CSC who is the Commander Joint Logistics for the ADF.
“Your demonstrated approach to these tasks ensured the commanders at all levels in the ADF have confidence in the operational support being provided by the Joint Logistics Unit, North Queensland,” AVM Staib said.
“Your performance is of the highest order and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Australian Army and the Australian Defence Force.”
As the operations officer, Major Jackson’s task involved co-ordinating a range of logistical effects to support these exercises and the units participating in them.
“Such tasks involve the provision of rations, tentage and field stores, provision of vehicles from a loan pool, freight movements, repair and maintenance of all assets on the Army’s equipment inventory,” he said.
“When supporting operations directly, we have the capability to source equipment that is required and have it moved into the operational theatre very quickly.
“The job is very exciting and rewarding, knowing that we are making a valuable contribution to the soldier on the ground either here in Australia or oversees on operations.
“Outside of this we also provide a high level of capability to minimise human suffering during the many local cyclones, floods and fires, followed by support to our neighbours during the more recent earthquakes and tsunami’s.”
Major Jackson is among an elite few to receive this Commendation.
“I was humbled to receive the commendation, believing that I was only doing my job as I am paid to do, to the best of my ability.
“However, other personnel believe differently and brought it to the attention of AVM Staib.
“As with all these awards, they can only be achieved if you are working with a fantastic team and in my case, I have had a dynamic and professional team in support for the last three years.”