Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 2 2012 Contents Integration vital to Defence mission
In A recent statement to the people of the Defence Materiel
Organisation (DMO), Defence Secretary Duncan Lewis
reiterated the importance of Defence to work as one
integrated team, focused on the same goals and united in
the pursuit of the Defence mission.
“We are represented by thousands of smaller teams that
are working and collaborating across the department and
beyond,” Duncan Lewis says.
“From the infantry section patrolling the mountains of
Uruzgan province in Afghanistan, to the project team in
Russell Offices in Canberra working on a new acquisition, I
can’t stress enough that we are all part of the same team,
working to achieve the same objectives.
“We must keep this in mind to ensure Defence improves its
performance. Each team, whether it is a group or service,
division, branch or directorate, must work in support of
Defence’s broader objectives.”
The Secretary acknowledges that while there has been a
tendency in the past for some to view the DMO as a distinct
organisation in its own right, this is not the case.
“The DMO is not separate from Defence as is sometimes
wrongfully suggested. The DMO is an integral part of
Defence and must be so to produce the integrated and
‘joined-up’ effect we seek,” he says.
The Secretary says the DMO must be enmeshed in both
the capability development process and the capability
delivery aspects of the department, and has asked DMO
officers to focus on the frequency, quality and strength
of personal and professional linkages across the whole
Defence organisation to improve integration, as well as
uniformity in business practice and culture.
Defence Secretary Duncan
Lewis has reiterated the
importance of everyone in
Defence to unite and work
towards a common goal.
Photo: Lauren Black
By Corporal Nick Wiseman
TWELVE Defence people and teams were recognised
for their contribution to security at the inaugural Defence
Excellence in Security Awards held at the Australian War
Memorial on March 27.
The awards featured four categories focusing on security
specialists, leaders, teams and individuals, which were
open to everyone working for Defence, recognising
excellence and outstanding performance in security.
Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security, Steve Meekin,
says by acknowledging the efforts of the finalists and
winners, security awareness within Defence will strengthen.
“Security can be a tough job; it’s hard work and needs
constant attention,” Steve says.
“These awards celebrate the achievements of a number
of committed Defence people and will play an integral
role in embedding security awareness as a natural part of
The organisers received more than 50 nominations across
the categories, highlighting the impressive effort and
achievement within security across Defence.
The acting team leader at the Vetting Support Centre
within the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency,
Vivienne Dawes, was recognised for her exemplary
leadership qualities and her ability to mentor and foster an
excellent work culture.
Vivienne says being nominated by her team was a reward
“To know your team thinks so highly of you is very
rewarding,” Vivienne says.
“They’re all very hard working and dedicated people – they
all deserve something like this.”
Outstanding performance by a security specialist was
awarded to Warrant Officer Class 2 Peter Henrichs from
31 Security Section in Townsville, who identified a shortfall
in construction standards of armouries and implemented
measures to rectify the problems.
The team award for outstanding contribution to security
was jointly awarded to teams from the Defence Materiel
Organisation and Headquarters Joint Operations
Command, recognising the hard work, dedication and
commitment to security they provide in their workplaces.
Although absent from the presentation, Lieutenant
Commander Joshua Wilkinson was awarded the
outstanding contribution to security by an individual
THE ADF’s CH-47 ‘Chinook’ helicopters have returned to
duty in southern Afghanistan and will be operated by the
men and women of Rotary Wing Group 7.
Commander of Australia’s Joint Task Force 633 in the
Middle East, Major General Stuart Smith, says the
helicopters are a major addition to International Security
Assistance Force (ISAF) rotary wing capability in southern
“The troops of Rotary Wing Group 7 are experienced
and their Chinooks are historically important helicopters
for supporting coalition forces – moving thousands of
passengers and hundreds of thousands of kilograms of
freight during their annual rotation,” Major General Smith
The group’s Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel
Scott nicholls, says the team is excited to be back on
“Rotary Wing Group 7 had an extensive preparation
before deploying to Afghanistan, not only flying but also
conducting simulation activities,” Lieutenant Colonel
Embedded with the United States 25th Combat Aviation
Brigade, known as Task Force Wings, rotary Wing
Group 7 will provide medium-lift helicopter support to
ISAF missions throughout Uruzgan, Daykundi, Kandahar
and Zabul provinces.
The group is made up of about 60 people primarily from
the Townsville-based 5th Aviation regiment and from
across the ADF.
Chinooks return to Afghanistan
Sergeant Paul King and his team of maintainers from Rotary
Wing Group 7 inspect a Chinook for serviceability at Kandahar
Photo: Sergeant Mick Davis
Outstanding performance by
a security specialist
Warrant Officer Class 2
Peter Henrichs, Army
Stephen McLeod, DSD
Jennean Whilesmith, DMO
Intelligence and Security
award for outstanding
leadership in security
Vivienne Dawes, Australian
Government Security Vetting
ray Anderson, Army
Scott Minchin, CIOG
Outstanding contribution to
security by a team
DMO Munitions Branch
HQJOC Security Directorate
Navy Guided Weapons
Systems Program Office – West
Outstanding contribution to
security by an individual
Lietenant Commander Joshua
Major Keith Lawton, Army
Flight Lieutenant Peter
Simpfendorfer, Air Force
LEaDINg THE WaY
Vivienne Dawes, from the Australian Government Security Vetting
Agency, proudly displays her trophy and certificate for winning the
Deputy Secretary Intelligence and Security award for outstanding
leadership in security.
Photo: David McClenaghan
accolade for his work while posted to the naval Undersea
Warfare Center in newport, rhode Island, in the United
Speaking again about the role of security within Defence,
Steve Meekin says that, while only a small number of staff
dealing with security were recognised in the awards, there
are many within Defence who are doing outstanding work
“We had many nominations from which to select the
winners,” he says. “It’s important to acknowledge the efforts
of all people doing great work in security.
“Security, as we say, is everyone’s business.”
Security award winners celebrate
at Australian War Memorial
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