WORDS OF WISDOM: Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM from the Royal Australian Navy passes on advice to the Wondai 135 Australian Army Cadets after the 2018 Kingaroy Remembrance Day service.
WORDS OF WISDOM: Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM from the Royal Australian Navy passes on advice to the Wondai 135 Australian Army Cadets after the 2018 Kingaroy Remembrance Day service. Jessica McGrath

Naval officer shares war values with cadets

WONDAI army cadets asked Kingaroy's Remembrance Day service special guest what it took to serve their country.

Rear Admiral Brett Wolski AM from the Royal Australian Navy took time out to speak with the members of the 135 Australian Army Cadet Unit on November 11 in Memorial Park.

"The values we hold today are exactly the same as the values people displayed since the Boer War," he said.

"It's very important they pick up so many of the skills in cadets, which are invaluable to them for the rest of their lives."

These skills include getting dressed in uniform, arriving on time and an ability to march out in front of people and stand out in the hot sun as the Catafalque Party.

"All of that is building in them a certain resilience and is an attribute of great benefit to the rest of their lives," RADM Wolski said.

He also shared about the opportunities within the defence force for those interested in pursuing a career.

 

RADM Wolski grew up outside Kumbia and was invited back to attend the South Burnett Community Orchestra's Armistice Day performance and the Kingaroy service for the Centenary of Armistice commemorations.

"It was really important for me to be back here in this community," he said.

"The 60,000 dead Australia suffered over World War I deserved the commemoration we saw in Kingaroy."

Kingaroy has a strong military history, with 51 people joining in World War I and many more who joined up in World War II.

About two million Australians have served in uniform and about 2700 of these died during service.

"That makes it very poignant for me as a navy officer to be able to talk about that to the community, to ensure the lessons we have learned from all of those who have served over the years are being lived out today," RADM Wolski said.

 

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