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secretary: Taking care of business
Chief of the Defence Force:
Honour role for soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Double century for Anglesea Barracks
Defence Industry Policy Statement released
To be advised
spotlight on reform: Capability development shaping the future force now 20
Ministerial & executive support: Caretaker conventions in a Federal election 22
science and Technology: Funds boost for food research at Scottsdale
Health: Military health study powers ahead
Navy: Partnership of exchange in Vietnam
Defence support: Environmental advice enables operations and exercises 28
Defence support: Defence powers down for Earth Hour
Health and safety: Defence OHS champions lead the way
People: Symposium a positive start to long-term conversation
Army: Prevention and planning the key to fraud control
Air Force: Final bombs drop for F-111s
Geospatial Imagery: DIGO’s humanitarian and disaster relief assistance 38
Defence support: Professional mastery of legal support to operations
Chief Information Officer Group: Fighting fire with fundraiser in Darwin 42
The Last Word: Defence engages strategic thinkers from ASPI
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This edition includes a range of articles that focus on enablers – and no, I’m not talking
about the caffeine and/or nicotine many of us suck up religiously to jump-start each morning.
I mean the myriad organisations, initiatives and programs that enable us – Defence personnel
to get the job done.
My enablers are Microsoft Word’s thesaurus, spelling and grammar check but, considering
my line of work, I probably shouldn’t be admitting that.
In this edition, articles such as the Military Health Outcomes Program (MilHOP), Army’s fraud
control and prevention plan, and Defence’s legal support to operations offer insight into what’s
happening behind the scenes to assist us in our jobs every day.
This brings me to my next train of thought – without the support from our families, friends,
colleagues and communities, we couldn’t do the jobs we do.
Many of us put our families, friends and loved ones through a lot of stress and worry by working
for Defence, but despite this they encourage us to ‘crack on’ and ‘be the best we can be’.
The nation was devastated when we lost six soldiers in Afghanistan recently, but it’s their
communities that will be there and care for the grieving families they left behind.
I had never seen a community pull together the way Queensland’s small country town of
Gayndah did when they lost their young Sapper Jacob ‘Snowy’ Moerland.
Another example of community support can be found in this edition’s article about a community
in Darwin that banded together to raise funds for a family, whose son tragically died in a house fire.
Finally, let’s not forget our colleagues and mates, who are always there for us and sometimes are
the only people who truly understand our work environment.
When I was fast asleep on-board HMAS Kanimbla, a young seaman abruptly dragged me
out of my rack, ELSRDS (Emergency Life Support Respiratory Device) in hand, because the
deafening toxic- hazard alarm had failed to wake me – that toxic gas could’ve killed me!
Personally, I believe it’s the camaraderie, mateship, encouragement and empathy we give and
receive from all the people in our lives that enable us to get through the challenges each day brings.
– A BCIs Melanie schinkel
Defence Magazine is now being enabled by the Directorate of Defence News, and this editorial
is provided by one of its military reporters.
PHOTO OF THe MONTH:
Three AH-64 Apache attack helicopters
fly past saluting members of Special
Operations Task Group, in honour of
Privates Ben Chuck, Tim Aplin and Scott
Palmer. The men, part of 2nd Commando
Regiment, were killed on operation when
the helicopter they were in crashed on
route to an operation in northern Kandahar.
Another seven Australians were wounded
in the incident. Our two-page honour role
appears on pages 10-11 .
Photo: Corporal Raymond Vance
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