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Victoria Cross and Medal
for Gallantry recipient,
Corporal Benjamin Roberts-
Smith,VC, MG attended an
audience with Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth II, at
Buckingham Palace in London
on November 16.
Corporal Rober ts-Smith, a member of
the Australian Special Air Service Regiment
who was invested with Australia’s highest
military award, the Victoria Cross, in
January, says being granted an audience
with Her Majesty was a great honour.
“It was an experience I will never forget,”
Corporal Roberts-Smith says.
“I feel very privileged to have been given
this opportunity to represent my mates
who I fought alongside in Afghanistan, the
Australian Defence Force and my country on
this very special occasion.”
Corporal Roberts-Smith says he discussed
with the Queen the battle which saw him
awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia,
as well as the work being carried out by
Australian troops in Afghanistan.
“Her Majesty speaks to quite a lot of
soldiers, so she was interested in Afghanistan
and it was a great opportunity for me to tell
her about what everyone else in my patrol
did that day, as opposed to just myself,”
Corporal Rober ts-Smith says.
“We also spoke about the work being done
by Australian troops in Afghanistan and Her
Majesty obviously recognises that Australian
soldiers are very good at what they do and is
happy with the progress being made.”
In the lead up to his audience with the
Queen, Corporal Roberts-Smith attended the
Remembrance Day Service at the Australian
War Memorial in London, before joining
British Lance Corporal Matt Croucher, GC
to lay a wreath on Remembrance Day at the
Victoria Cross and George Cross Memorial at
He also visited battlefields in France
and Belgium where Australian soldiers
were killed during the First and Second
Queen Elizabeth II greets Corporal Ben Roberts-SmithVC, MG, at Buckingham Palace, London.
Photo: PAWire/Press Association Images
The Director ofTargeting and Network Analysis in the
Defence Imagery and Geospatial Organisation, Group
Captain David ‘Doc’ Millar, describing geospatial
support to precision targeting during the spatial@gov.
conference. Photo: Neil Duncan Photography
By Peter Frosch
vices to government and industry
was the focus of the third gathering of
geospatial professionals at the spatial@
gov conference from November 15-17
The Department of Defence, in
conjunction with the peak public,
private, research, and professional
organisations in the Australian and
New Zealand spatial community, again
partnered to present spatial@gov.
The conference saw more than 460
participants witness an open day, 78
presentations, 44 exhibitors, and the
2011 Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence
The Director of the Defence
Imagery and Geospatial Organisation,
Major General (Ret’d) Steve Meekin,
addressed the vision, challenges, and five
age the efficiency of its bulk fuel
inventory with the Joint Electronic Fuels
Management (JEFM) Project scheduled
to make its software program live in
The software program, FuelsManager,
will significantly enhance the
management of Defence’s bulk fuel
inventory in terms of accuracy, visibility
of holdings, governance and reporting.
The FuelsManager package is a
commercial off-the-shelf product that is
used in 95 countries and is supplied by
an international leader in commercial
fuel management software.
Miss Suzanne Raven from Gaza Ridge
Barracks at Bandiana in Victoria says
the previous system required her to
key business outcomes for the Defence
Mr Meekin noted that as a key enabler
for Defence, Geospatial Intelligence
(GEOINT) not only assists in providing
situational awareness and interpretation
for the planning and execution of ADF
operations, but is also a crucial element
within advanced weapon targeting systems.
The other presenters for Defence spoke
on topics including the application of
geospatial information in mission planning,
current key initiatives for the successful
design and delivery of the Defence
Geospatial Domain, and the benefits and
challenges in the capture of high precision
geospatial data for simulation and targeting.
A key concept raised from the Defence
presentations was the imperative for agile
geospatial capability acquisition.
A further range of topics included:
fax, email and sometimes phone fuel
orders to the Joint Fuels and Lubricants
Agency, but now she inputs her data
into the Joint Fuels Information
Management System (JFIMS) and it is
“It will save a lot of doubling up and
means much less paper shuffling,”
Miss Raven says.
The tool is intuitive to use and according
to many reports it is being extremely well
received by the user community.
The software is being activated following
an extended trial period to enable testing
and refinement of the new system prior to
its full implementation.
It has been tested in day-to-day
operations across ADF fuel installations
in parallel with existing processes.
VC recipient meets the Queen
on geospatial domain
Time for an oil change:
ADF fuel management system upgraded
By Rachael Palmer
Joint Fuels and Lubricants Agency staff
maintained the data in both new and old
systems during the trial to ensure the
overall integrity of the new program.
Leading Aircraftman Justin Pascoe
from RAAF Base Townsville praised the
new program, stating that “entering data
on the system is user-friendly; I’ll soon
be able to fly through it”.
The JEFM Project team is
monitoring the performance of the
new system, and is awaiting the final
decision from Joint Logistics Command
to fully transition to FuelsManager.
For further information about
the JFIMS visit the Project webpage
emergency response, water security, the
link between the real and virtual worlds,
and the impact of greater access to
public sector information.
Spatial@gov2012 will be held on
November 20-22, 2012 at the National
Convention Centre, Canberra.
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