As a proud former sailor in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Anzac Day holds a very special place for Chris Ashton, Regional Manager for Cleanaway’s Solid Waste Services in QLD.
Chris served in the RAN from 1993 to 2002 as a Leading Seaman Radio Operator (Communicator), Morse Code, Cryptography. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who served in the Navy and British Army respectively.
“I joined the RAN in 1993 and served on the HMAS Brisbane and HMAS Hobart”, Chris says of his time in service. “I took part in various overseas deployments and served in numerous Shore Establishments including HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Kuttabul, Navcals Sydney, and the Navy Headquarters in ACT and QLD until I was discharged in 2002.”
Chris has been with Cleanaway for close to five years. He started as Regional Manager in the Northern Territory and is now responsible for Queensland from the Sunshine Coast up to Port Douglas. Chris feels that his time in the Navy taught him discipline, loyalty, consistency and how to communicate clearly – skills that he was able to transfer to his role at Cleanaway.
Serving with the Navy also gave Chris the opportunity to visit various overseas destinations. Chris has fond memories of playing rugby and cricket for the Navy in Singapore, as well as making lifelong friends. “I witnessed firsthand the disadvantages that other members of our global community encounter daily. I truly appreciate how lucky we are to live in a country that has been defended and continues to be defended by so many proud and patriotic individuals.”
For Chris, Anzac Day is a day spent with family, remembering those who have gone before him. “Anzac Day is the ultimate day to recognise everything that has been sacrificed by so many people to afford our families the present freedom and security that we all are entrusted to uphold”, says Chris.
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