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Admiral praised for post-scandal role

Rear-Admiral James Goldrick AM (retired), one of Canberra's most respected former naval officers and pre-eminent defence educators, has been appointed an Officer in the military division of the Order of Australia (AO) in today's honours list.

The same honour has been bestowed on Major-General Gerard Fogarty AM who was the deputy commander of Joint Task Force 633 and is the army's director-general of personnel.

Other significant awards to Canberra military personnel include an AM for Major-General Julian Day DSC, naval Captain Jonathan Sadleir and Colonel Wade Stothart and OAMs for Warrant Officers David Lehr and John Pickett.

Rear-Admiral Goldrick, 54, was widely praised for his work as the acting commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy from August 2011 until March last year in the wake of the ''Skype'' incident.

''Rear-Admiral Goldrick's distinguished service and devotion to duty in senior command positions have been critical to the effectiveness of the Australian Defence Force now and into the future,'' his citation reads.


''His contribution to the knowledge and study of Australia's naval history has been outstanding.'' Rear-Admiral Goldrick, who retired last year after a 38-year career, is a visiting fellow at the Sea Power Centre, an adjunct professor at the University of NSW (ADFA) and a professorial fellow at the Australian national centre for ocean resources and security at the University of Wollongong.

He is also a visiting fellow of the Lowy Institute.

The Harvard Business School Graduate has sailed with the RAN and the Royal Navy. His commands included HMAS Cessnock and HMAS Sydney.

As the inaugural commander of the Australian Surface Task Group, Rear-Admiral Goldrick commanded the Australian task group sent to the Persian Gulf in 2002.

On his return to Australia he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2003 appointed commandant of ADFA for the first time.

In May 2006 he became the commander of Border Protection for Australia and, in 2008, was appointed the commander of the Australian Defence College.

Major General Day has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his work as the commander of the 7th Brigade and as head of joint capability co-ordination.

Captain Sadleir's AM recognises his efforts as commanding officer of HMAS Parramatta, as the director of navy continuous improvement and as staff officer global operations.

Colonel Stothart's AM is for his work as commanding officer of the Timor Leste Battle Group - Four and as the commander of the 3rd Battalion RAR, military assistant to the commander, forces command, and as the army's director of officer career management.

Warrant Officer Lehr's OAM Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) recognises his work with the 2/10th Field Regiment, with Operation Anode and with the 1st Field Regiment.Warrant Officer Pickett, the drill wing sergeant-major at RMC Duntroon, becomes an OAM for professionalism, dedication to duty, leadership and moral courage.