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The King of Tonga has honoured HMAS Tobruk’s
commanding officer for his role in the humanitarian
relief effort to the disaster-stricken region.
The Officer of The Royal Military Order of St.
George, the King’s fourth highest military honour,
was presented to Commander Peter Thompson at a
ceremony in the Tongan capital of Nuku’alofa.
The King of Tonga, George Tupou V, said he
“very much appreciated” the work the Navy and the
Australian Government had done to help the region’s
Commander Peter Thompson said the operation
was a chance for the ADF to help Australia’s Pacific
neighbours. “I am honoured and humbled to receive this
award on behalf of the Royal Australian Navy and the
Australian Government,” Commander Thompson said.
The relief effort saw Tobruk carry more than 500
tonnes of humanitarian aid supplies to assist local
groups and agencies such as the Red Cross. The
total assistance by the Australian Government, non-
government organisations and the Australian public in
both Samoa and Tonga now stands at $13 million.
John schumann to
tour east Timor
John Schumann, the singer-songwriter famously
known for his Vietnam veteran’s anthem I was only 19,
will be touring East Timor in December to entertain
Australian service men and women, performing the hit
track more than 25 years after it was first recorded.
A lifetime honorary member of the Vietnam Veterans
Association of Australia, Mr Schumann will travel to East
Timor with his band The Vagabond Crew to meet with
and play for the troops based within the Dili surrounds.
“It has been a long time coming. We’ve had so
many requests from serving men and women of the
Australian Defence Force that it’s nice to be able to
finally go. We are all really looking forward to the tour
and we hope to bring a bit of home to our troops in East
Timor who will no doubt be missing their families over
the Christmas period,” Mr Schumann said.
The Defence Honours and Awards Tribunal will
inquire into recognition for Defence Force personnel
who served as peacekeepers since 1947.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support,
Dr Mike Kelly said the inquiry is another in a series
of reviews into long-standing Defence honours
The award recognises corporate or individual
achievement relating to the development of people
in the supply chain and logistics industry and
covers areas such as training, education, formal
accreditation processes, mentoring and the like.
“The RAN supply community was recognised
for our significant investment in the professional
development of our people,” LEUT Wilkinson said.
“Our commitment was demonstrated through
the alignment of our categories with industry
bodies, the payment of relevant membership
fees and the award of civilian qualifications for
equivalent training and work experience.
“Our nomination further highlighted the
quality of internal and external training and
education throughout the Navy career journey
which prepares members to perform effectively in
the contemporary logistics environment.”
The nomination included achievements in
the areas of professional alignment, conferences,
education, literature and industry involvement.
“Not only is the wider logistics community
more aware of the role of supply officers and
sailors in the Navy, but the RAN supply community
is now a model for many major corporations who
seek to emulate Navy’s successful professional
development program,” LEUT Wilkinson said.
CILTA is Australia’s leading professional
association which represents individuals and key
corporations in the transport and logistics industry.
The supply community has been professionally
aligned with CILTA since 2006 and currently has
158 members. It is through this relationship that
many Navy people, particularly Supply Officers and
Stores Naval sailors, have received professional
recognition and further development opportunities.
The 2009 Defence Information and
Communications Technology (ICT)
Strategy has been released, aiming to
increase efficiency and effectiveness
within Defence's ICT portfolio.
The Minister for Defence, Senator John
Faulkner, said the Strategy would strengthen
the relationship between Defence's strategic
objectives and its ICT capabilities.
“Through enhanced strategic planning
processes and transparent portfolio-based
resource allocation, the ICT Strategy will improve
Defence's ability to conduct forward ICT capability
planning,” Senator Faulkner said.
“The Defence ICT Strategy is also consistent
with the recommendations of the Gershon Review
and elements of the Strategy were included in the
2009 Defence White paper.”
Senator Faulkner said the Government was
also seeking to improve the publicly-available
information relating to the future direction of
Defence ICT, and added that Defence would
conduct annual reviews of the new Strategy.
A Special Forces operation during
mid-October in Afghanistan has
resulted in the seizure of insurgent
weapons, improvised explosive devices,
as well as Afghan Army uniforms and
about 100 kilograms of opium.
The Commander of Australian Forces in the
Middle East, Major General Mark Kelly, said the
success of the raid would have a positive impact
on the security of the civilian population and
coalition forces across southern Afghanistan.
“This stronghold has, until now, provided
a secure base area from which to sustain the
insurgency throughout southern Afghanistan,”
Major General Kelly said.
Major General Kelly said the destruction of these
munitions means they can no longer be used against
the local Afghan population and coalition forces.
“What this operation says very clearly to the
insurgency is that it doesn’t matter where you are, we
can find you, and strike you,” Major General Kelly said.
“It also highlights our commitment to using
the full suite of our Special Forces to protect the
local population, ADF elements and to work in
partnership with other coalition forces.”
The ADF’s month-long mission to
help those affected by a major
earthquake that struck the Indonesian
city of Padang has finished.
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief
Marshal Angus Houston, said the work done in the
aftermath of the earthquake had strengthened the
friendship between Indonesia and Australia.
Among the many tasks achieved by the Australian
contingent, 1.3 million litres of water was produced and
distributed, 1300 patients were treated in a purpose-
built medical facility, 63 buildings were assessed for
structural integrity and more than 532 metric tons of
humanitarian aid was flown into the region.
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LeFT: Major General Tanjung thanks Colonel
Mark Brewer for the australian assistance
to the earthquake-devastated region during
an official handover of the local medical
facility in seigerringing, West sumatra.
Photo: CPL Dion Trevillion
BeLOW: HMas Kanimbla at anchor during
a late afternoon storm in Pariaman, West
sumatra during Operation Padang assist.
Photo: ABIS Andrew Dakin
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