10 May 2023

Local soldiers beam with pride at Anzac Day service

| Matt Nicholls
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Major Theo Hadgis presented Lieutenant Sebastian Jingle with his certificate after the Napranum Anzac Day service.

A MOVING Anzac Day service at Napranum was capped by two ceremonies for local men enlisted with the 51st Battalion.

Major Theo Hadgis, who leads the Bravo Company out of Weipa, said it was an important day for both Lieutenant Sebastian Jingle and Sergeant James Kawangka.

“I’m just so proud of both of them and they are both strong leaders and positive role models,” he said last Tuesday.

Lieutenant Jingle has quickly risen through the ranks after enlising into the Australian Army Reserve on November 1, 2019.

He is now officially an officer after he was surprised with a signed certificate from the Governor-General.

It’s been a busy 12 months for Lieutenant Jingle, who has recently completed a number of courses, including a Patrol Commanders Course and the Regimental Officer Basic Course, which now means he is a fully qualified Lieutenant.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Kawangka
has earned the official title of Bravo Company Uncle and received the rank upgrade from Private.

With his family watching on, Sergeant Kawangka had his old rank removed from his uniform and replaced by a sergeant’s patch, installed by his sister.

Major Hadgis said Uncle James had been with the Australian Army Reserve since 2005 and played a key mentoring role with younger recruits.

“We are lucky to have quality people like Sebastian and James among our ranks,” he said.

Anzac Day services were held all across the Cape last Tuesday.

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