Kevin Summers
Mother Butchulla, Father Solomon Island from Blackbirding days (Qld Slave Trade)
Chief Petty Officer
Aviation Survival Equipment (SE)
Royal Australian Navy

Defence Long Service Medal with three clasps
National Medal 1 clasp
Australian Defence Medal

2021 – The National Medal – recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.My service was recognised in 2021 for my duties for Border Force 8 years, Coast Guard Townsville 3 years and 4 years Volunteer Marine rescue Brisbane.
2014 – COMCAR acknowledgement for transport services to G20 Leaders’ summit Brisbane. Certificate of Appreciation
2013 – Executive Director, Regional Operations East, (QPWS) letter of thanks. (Orca Stranding Hervey Bay).
2008 – AFLQ Youth support staff of the year for outstanding commitment to Junior AFL development in the Northern Region.
1998 Quest Brisbane River Run Walk, Volunteer Marshal

Growing up on Turrbal country, (Cribb Island) nestled within the marine environment of Moreton Bay surrounded with numerous Family groups, profoundly shaped my worldview and sense of identity. Born to a mother with Butchulla roots and a Father’s heritage hailing from the Solomon Islands, I emerged as the youngest amidst a bustling household of nine siblings—three Brothers and five Sisters. Family bonds ran deep, anchoring me through the tumultuous currents of life. My journey through education paralleled the ebbs and flows of adolescence. While primary school was a source of joy and discovery, secondary education failed to capture my imagination in the same way. Yet, within the constraints of the state system, I found solace in the prospect of adventure and exploration.

At the age of 15 (1974) armed with modest grades and a thirst for adventure akin to my brothers’, I followed their footsteps into the Royal Australian Navy. The allure of the sea, coupled with the promise of travel, beckoned me. Over the course of 22 years in full-time service and an additional 24 years in the Naval Reserves, I found the Navy to be a true equal opportunity employer—a meritocracy where dedication and skill were rewarded. Climbing the ranks to Chief Petty Officer, I honed my leadership skills amidst the rigours of naval life. Having served on four ships, HMAS Melbourne, HMAS Stuart, HMAS Moresby, and HMAS Stalwart. I completed my initial training at HMAS Leeuwin (Fremantle WA) with shore postings to HMAS Albatross (Nowra NSW), HMAS Coonawarra (Darwin NT), Navy Recruiting Townsville Qld, HMAS Kuttabul Sydney NSW.  I am grateful for the honour of meeting Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia during the 1977 Silver Jubilee celebration, while serving on HMAS Melbourne. For Queen and Country then and now King and Country.

However, in 1996, the tides of change swept me towards a new horizon as I transitioned to the Australian Customs Service. Immersed predominantly within the National Marine Unit, I navigated my way from Deck Hand to the esteemed position of Navigator/Executive Officer. It was here, amidst the vast expanse of the ocean, that I felt most alive, orchestrating operations with precision and purpose. Alas, life’s currents can be unpredictable. A medical condition forced me to chart a new course, leading me to the tranquil waters of Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. As a Marine Ranger stationed in the breathtaking Moreton Bay Marine Park, I dedicated my days to preserving and protecting our natural heritage. It was a fitting culmination to my career—a testament to my unwavering commitment to conservation.

Amidst the ebullient waves of my professional journey, love anchored me steadfastly. In February 1992, I exchanged vows, embarking on a lifelong voyage with my soulmate. Together, we nurtured a family—a son, now 31, and a daughter, 29, who has bestowed upon me the precious gift of Grandfatherhood. Reflecting upon the mosaic of experiences that have shaped me, I am keenly aware of the indelible imprint left by my naval service. It was within the crucible of discipline, teamwork, and unwavering ethics that I forged the bedrock of my character—a testament to the person I am today. As the sun sets on my professional odyssey, I stand on the precipice of retirement, content in the knowledge that I have navigated life’s tempests with courage and conviction.