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forward operating base in the Baluchi Valley was
engaged by insurgents with small arms. The soldiers
quickly defeated the insurgents with a combination
of small arms and Australian 81mm mortars. No
Afghan soldiers, Australian soldiers or civilians were
killed or wounded in that engagement.
The Afghan and Australian troops have also
disrupted the insurgents’ ability to plan and conduct
attacks by locating 11 IEDs and five weapons caches
during a two-week period.
Commanding Officer of MTF-2, Lieutenant Colonel
(LTCOL) Darren Huxley, has visited MTF-2 soldiers at
forward operating and patrol bases across Uruzgan
Province to gain an appreciation of the conditions
under which they live, fight and train with the
Afghan National Army.
“It’s extremely important for commanders to speak
with their soldiers and team leaders on a regular
basis. I gain a faster appreciation for the issues of
significance to them,” LTCOL Huxley said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for me to update the
soldiers on our operational plan and to congratulate
them for the great work they’re doing since arriving
“MTF-2 soldiers have a tough job ahead but I’m in
no doubt our soldiers are up to the task.”
The Defence Safety Manual
(SAFETYMAN) is set for an overhaul
that will see it fall into step with OH&S
regulations across the country.
SAFETYMAN has begun the transition to a national
Work Health Safety (WHS) Manual, reflecting
‘harmonised’ OH&S legislation to be adopted by all
states and territories in 2012.
The timely change has provided an excellent
opportunity for SAFETYMAN to be given new life,
with updates expected to make the manual easier to
read and understand.
DGOHS Lindsay Kranz said for most service personnel
day-to-day changes will be minimal.
“Changes to the legislation will need to be
incorporated into work instructions, bench
level instructions and orders that are issued by
commanders, supervisors and managers,” Mr Kranz
“We’re currently waiting for the regulations that deal
with very specific safety concerns such as electrical
safety, the handling of dangerous goods, hazardous
chemicals, explosives and radiation.
The Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft
(RPA) detachment in Kandahar took time
out from their busy operational tempo
recently to celebrate the significant
milestone of 2500 hours of flight.
Heron has provided support to Australian and
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) troops
on the ground in Afghanistan as well as providing
vital information to commanders.
The occasion was marked with a barbecue at
Camp Baker in Kandahar. The Heron Detachment
Commander, Wing Commander Robert Morris, said:
“This marks a significant milestone for Australian
RPA operations. The Heron continues to make a
positive difference to our troops on the ground.”
The Heron RPA provides direct operational support
in the provision of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance (ISR) effects.
“The Heron is an essential component to the modern
battlefield with its capabilities and assists in saving
lives by identifying threats to soldiers on the ground
and providing them with vital information,” WGCDR
Australian personnel have been training and flying
operational missions with the Canadian Forces since
2009. Royal Australian Air Force Heron operations
began in January 2010.
The Heron Detachment comprises mainly Air Force
personnel, and includes a small number of Army and
The Heron RPA provides the ADF with an
operational¬ ISR capability that enhances the
operational capability of our ground forces. The
Heron is in high demand around the Kandahar region
in support of both ADF and ISAF ground forces.
The Australian Defence Test and
Evaluation Office (ADTEO) Quality
Management System (QMS) has been
certified as a reputable self-regulating
body that audits its own operations to
achieve best practice, also known as
ISO 9001:2008 compliant.
The certificate was presented to Director General
Test and Evaluation Colonel Greg Downing by
the Chief of Capability Development Group Vice
Admiral Matt Tripovich at an informal ceremony
earlier this year.
The certification covers the ADTEO QMS for
the provision of test design, trial planning,
management and evaluation of test results and
Two ADTEO members attended internal quality
auditing courses and obtained certification to
conduct internal audits. All ADTEO staff actively
contributed through rigorous interviews and
examinations of their work by an external industry
auditor to attain the certification.
COL Downing said that ADTEO processes need
to be reliable, scientific, repeatable and above all
“Certification, and particularly external
certification, was sought to minimise the risk of
accidents on Defence trials, and also to reduce the
likelihood of an accident occurring with Defence
equipment or procedures that have entered service
based on the recommendations of an ADTEO Trial
Report,” COL Downing said.
“We will also enhance the office’s reputation as
leading Test & Evaluation (T&E) agency amongst
others that are already externally accredited.
“This reinforces to defence industry the impartiality
and professionalism of ADTEO trials, particularly
where trials are used to differentiate candidate
equipment during DMO tenders and acquisitions,
such as the LAND 121-3 Vehicle Comparative Trial.
“This also facilitates foreign military acceptance
of ADTEO co-managing trials in Australia that
access our unique test ranges or combinations of
The certification process required the ADTEO QMS
to be documented, tested, measured and assessed
regularly through a combination of internal
compliance auditing, independent peer auditing,
and external compliance auditing.
ADTEO was created out of the former Directorate
of Trials in 2007. Since then its mission has been
to deliver independent T&E support to Defence.
aBOVe: Regimental Sergeant Major of the Mentoring Task Force – Two, Warrant Officer Class 1 Craig Howe greets Australian
soldiers as they return from a patrol in the Chorah Valley region of southern Afghanistan. Photo: Leading Seaman Paul Berry
“There may be strengthening is some areas, but in the
main service personnel will see very little difference.”
Based on best practice research, the revised OH&S
Act will continue to cover all Defence employees and
anyone who comes into contact with Defence work.
“The new Act will impose responsibilities on every
person who’s undertaking a business activity including
responsibilities for anybody that comes into contact
with those activities,” Mr Kranz said.
“For example it includes people walking past a
Defence establishment who happen to be on Defence
land and are injured by a Defence activity.
“We think it’s important that people get advice from
their own Group or Service particularly about how
they should do a particular type of work.
“In the main, any new training needed will be
incorporated into the current regime.”
All Australian workplaces will ‘click’ over to the
new WHS manual on 1 January 2012, after agreed
changes to the OH&S Act are officially passed in
To access SAFETYMAN or for further OH&S guidance,
go to the OHS Branch intranet page through accessing
the People Strategies and Policy Group site.
– By Leonie Gall
aBOVe: The Australian Defence Test and Evaluation team – (back L-R): Ms Karen Edwards, Major Tom
Basan, Miss Missy Olliek, Major Graeme Tilley, SQNLDR Bill Ngyuen; (front L-R): Wing Commander
Keith Joiner, Lieutenant Colonel Chris West, Mrs Catherine Thompson, Colonel Greg Downing, Wing
Commander Brady Cummins, Major Brenton Wynen.
Details of the winners are below:
2010 TTcP award recipients Detail of award
Dr Shari Soutberg, Dr John
O’Neill, Dr Paul Gaertner and
Ms Thea Clarke
For the innovative application of
systems engineering to support
operations and Defence acquisition
Dr Bruce Hinton, Mr Peter
Trathen, Dr Grant McAdam
and Dr Alan Wilson
For developing predictive sensors
designed to monitor the structural
health of military aircraft
Dr Geoff Hugo and
Dr Cayt Harding
For developing methods to measure
the reliability of non-destructive
inspections of structural defects in
Dr Arthur Provatas
For developing environmental
tolerance values for the sustainable
management of Defence sites
contaminated by munitions
Dr Scott Moss
For significant advances in
the exploitation of novel alloy
technologies for Defence
Colonel Peter Murphy
For 20 years of research leadership
in military human resource issues
including survival psychology
senior Taliban leader
killed in uruzgan
A successful Afghan National Security Force and
Special Operations Task Group operation against
insurgents in Central Uruzgan was conducted on 6
November, resulting in one district-level Taliban leader
Mullah Mohammadullah and another insurgent were
killed when they fired at the combined force while
fleeing the Shahid-e Hasas area, near Deh Rawud. The
event occurred during a combined disruption operation
against an improvised explosive device and weapons
Mullah Mohammadullah operated at the district
level and was known to have resourced, planned
and coordinated operations against the International
Security Assistance Force and the Afghan National
Security Force in the region, as well as being a known
distributor of weapons and money for the insurgents.
Interim report released
An Interim Report of the Government Review of the
Woomera Prohibited Area has found there is scope to
increase its national value, and has put forward a model
that could promote better management of the national
security and economic interests in this unique area of
The Interim Report proposes a coexistence model that
will promote greater transparency and certainty for
all interested in operating in the Woomera Prohibited
Area. The model sees Defence continue to conduct
its test and evaluation activities to meet its future
The Review was commissioned by the Government in
May this year and was led by former Defence Secretary
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