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This edition brings together the two themes
of environment and technology. Mother Nature
has also brought these two themes together with
the Australian Defence Force’s response to a
tsunami in Samoa and two powerful earthquakes
near the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Just as the devastating bushfires in
Victoria saw the ADF rally to be a vital part of
the relief effort at the beginning of the year, the
same can be said again in Samoa and Sumatra.
The environment of many thousands of
people has been put out of shape, however
it has been the technology and manpower
of the ADF that has come to the rescue to
restore living conditions and infrastructure as
best as possible.
The Army’s mobile water purification
plant has again proven that the simple
technology of reverse osmosis has enabled
an estimated 75 000 households in Padang to
access clean drinking water.
The full story on this and a pictorial
dedicated to the emergency responses can
be found on the pages inside.
The Defence Science and Technology
Organisation and the Defence Support Group
have also played a major hand in shaping
technology and the environment, and we
have highlighted the recently upgraded Air
Operations Simulation Centre and the annual
Defence Environment and Heritage Awards
as just two examples of the good work in
each of these areas.
Beyond the theme, we sit down with
Secretary Dr Ian Watt to outline his agenda,
while we also feature three dedicated
individuals who have notched up 40 years
with Defence. And while their achievements
may not directly relate to the theme, the trio
have obviously witnessed significant changes
to the technology in their environment.
- M ichael Weaver, Editor
Issue 7/2009, page 31: seahawks’ 20 years of
The caption for the image incorrectly stated that
the photo was taken during this year’s Naval Fleet
Review. Thank you to all those who pointed out that
at least three of the ships pictured have long since
been decommissioned and that the image was
taken about 10 years ago.
Issue 6/2009, page 5: Queensland Pride
An article in the Snipshot section incorrectly named
the winner of the Queensland Pride of Australia –
Serving Australia Medal as Sergeant Paul Lyddiard.
His name is Sergeant Michael Lyddiard.
SGT Lyddiard returned to work three weeks after
losing his right eye, right forearm and two fingers
when an improvised explosive device he was
attempting to render safe, exploded. His courage
and determination were subsequently recognised
with the Queensland Pride of Australia medal.
Inside this edition
Chief of the Defence Force
The month in pictures
Women in Project Management forum
Navy framework leads by example
40-year service awards for Defence employees
Watt’s on the agenda? Interview with Secretary Dr Ian Watt
Spotlight on Reform: Workforce and shared services
DMO: Charting the course for future success
Operations: Pure water flows in Padang
DSTO: New flight simulator unveiled / MRH90 acquisition
Defence Support: 2009 Environment and Heritage Awards
People Strategies and Policy: HR Metrics and workforce intelligence
People Strategies and Policy: OHS winners recognised at SRCC Awards
Navy: Surgery at sea on board HMAS Kanimbla
Air Force: Air Mobility Symposium / Super Hornets
Chief Information Officer Group: Trust me, I’m a Defence resource
Launch of the Complaint Management Tracking System, ComTrack
Joint Logistics Command: Defence and AQIS in partnership
Defence Support: Protecting Australia and its environment
Defence Support: Public Private Partnerships / iTravel / CAMPUS
ADFA: Students engineer car racing excellence
The Last Word: Assistant Secretary Estate Policy and Environment, Terry Weston
Petty Officer Musician Mark
Ham gets up close with
children from an orphanage in
Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia, as
the ship's company of HMAS
Darwin spent a day playing
games, performing music
and interacting while also
conducting maintenance to
buildings and equipment
within the orphanage.
Photo: ABPH Evan Murphy
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