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There can be absolutely no argument that the Australian Defence Force, and the wider
civilian component of the organisation, are not a massive part of the community.
The perception of Defence in the community – the theme for this edition – is that our
organisation is extremely complex and professional, with the men and women in uniform
held in the highest of regard by the vast majority of the community which they so proudly
They do an almighty job, and we have been able to showcase just some of the might with
which they go above and beyond the call of duty to further the community’s numerous
charities, organisations, or even just their neighbours.
Here’s but a few examples in this edition:
The Navy’s clearance divers have mentored the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force in the
critical role of explosive ordnance disposal following the legacy left from World War II.
The Defence Materiel Organisation has provided the foundation for 10 Australian high
school students to design the most futuristic Formula One race cars at the F1inSchools
Technology Challenge world titles in Singapore.
Meanwhile, the Army banded its support behind the annual Charity Ball in Brisbane. A
further 1000 or so personnel played their part in a 4500km wheelchair push across the
Nullarbor. The Air Force’s medical maestros have been integral in a community assistance
program in East Timor.
On an individual level, Leading Aircraftwoman Deb Booker has inspired her community
via the Indigenous Pre-Recruitment Course, an eight-week program designed to prepare
Indigenous young Australians for the ADF recruiting process.
As an organisation, Defence is the most amazing community I have ever worked in, and I
am more than happy to tell anyone how inspiring it is to have these men and women on
our side. There is no more poignant example of this than our front page image.
– Michael Weaver, editor
Defence Magazine wishes to correct an error in the photo caption on page one of Issue 5, 2010. Kampong Cham
is a province of Cambodia not Vietnam, as was incorrectly stated in the caption. We unreservedly apologise for
any offence caused.
PHOTO OF THe MOnTH:
Australian Defence Force medical
personnel take time out onboard a Royal
Australian Air Force C-17 Globemaster
before they hit the ground running to
provide aid to the flood-affected people
of Pakistan. The Medical Task Force is
comprised of both civilian and military
medical and environmental health
professionals, with the first contingent
provided by the ADF and consisting of
three Primary Health Care Teams and one
Environmental Health Team, facilitated by
small command and support elements.
Photo: CPL Chris Moore
inside this edition
secretary: Reflecting community values
chief of the Defence Force: Improving participation rates for women
Pictorial: Exercise Pitch Black
Explosive assistance in the Solomon Islands
Sacrifice remembered at Fromelles
spotlight on reform: Preparedness, personnel and operating costs
science and Technology: It’s automatic for international robot challenge 19
People: Creating a better people system
Defence Materiel: They’re racing for futuristic F1 challenge
International Policy: Search and rescue skills found for Indonesians
Recruiting: Students shown the ropes for Defence career
Defence support: Building community capacity + ADF transition seminars
army: Healing for hundreds at charity ball
Information technology: The ICT Services Delivery Charter
Indigenous affairs: Leading the way and closing the gap
navy: ADF shines at RIMPAC 2010
Young endeavour Youth scheme: RAAFie gets her sea legs
air Force: Civilian assistance program takes flight
Defence 2020 Youth challenge: Embracing spirit of the Anzac
Ministerial services: A keystone in Cabinet and committees
Defence security: Safety in numbers for Defence Security Community
The Last Word: The Long Ride for motorcycling mates
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