Home' Defence Magazine : Defence Magazine Issue 1 2018 Contents Reward for good work
ANDREW McCulloch received a prestigious award from the Afghan
government last year for his work advising senior financial staff at the
Afghan Ministry of Defense.
Andrew received the Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Award, one of the highest
honours given to non-Afghans.
The award was given to Andrew for his excellent work advising Afghan
officials as part of NATO’s Resolute Support mission where he helped
reform Afghan military pay and conditions.
“For them to recognise the work I did, at the level I did, was very
humbling,” he said.
Andrew returned to HMAS Kuttabul as Finance Manager in October
after his 18-month deployment where he worked in an EL2 position in
His previous experience working for the Chief Finance Officer prepared
him well to advise senior financial staff at the Afghan Ministry of Defence.
During this time he mainly advised a Major General and an
Afghanistan civilian SES2 equivalent.
“I went from a major general who understood war and tactics but not
finance, to a civil practitioner that was very experienced, with a PhD in
business,” Andrew said.
“He understood finance but never really worked in a military
During his time in Afghanistan, Andrew also helped talent manage
young Afghan officers at the Ministry.
Honour board a swimming idea
A RESTORED honour board was unveiled at the Manuka Pool in Canberra
in March by the Commandant Australian Command and Staff College, Air
Commodore Matt Hegarty, (representing the Chief of the Defence Force).
The Secretary of Defence, Greg Moriarty, and the Deputy Secretary for
National Security, Allan McKinnon, also attended the unveiling.
The honour board commemorates nine men who were members of the pool’s
Amateur Swimming Club in the 1930s and 1940s and who died in active service
in World War II.
The men were Frank Browning, Mick Clemens, Bill Dullard, Wally Hall, Ian
Ingram, Lindsay Knowles, Eric Peterson, Ian Ray, and Harold Thorpe.
Four were the sons of heads of Commonwealth departments while one was
the son of the tiler who in 1930 laid the tiles that still line the pool today.
Four were killed in 1942 with two having no known grave and one dying after
the war ended. The youngest was just 18 and the oldest, 25.
Walk the walk
THE Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Minister for Sport,
Bridget McKenzie, launched the ‘Prime Minister’s One Million Steps’
as part of the Heart Foundation Walking program on 25 March.
The ‘Prime Minister’s One Million Steps’ is part of the
government’s Healthy Heart Initiative and aims to encourage all
Australians to become physically active through walking.
The Secretary, Greg Moriarty, has endorsed the program and is
urging personnel to get involved.
“I encourage you all to register and find ways to build more
steps into your day, whether it be through walking to or from
work, parking the car further away, getting off the bus at an earlier
stop, having ‘walking meetings’ where practical, or undertaking
physical activity at lunchtimes,” the Secretary says.
The free program started on 25 March and will run right
through until 11 August. There are monthly incentives and
participants will receive rewards for reaching milestones and go
into a draw for prizes.
According to the Heart Foundation, regular walking is one of
the best ways Australians can reduce their risk of heart disease,
diabetes and dementia, build their fitness and strengthen muscles
u For information on how to register, go to walking.
No surprises in Budget
THE 2018-19 Budget maintains the Government’s commitment to provide
Defence with stable and sustainable funding, as set out in the 2016 Defence
Previous commitments to Defence funding were maintained in the
Budget, with the Government to provide Defence (inclusive of the Australian
Signals Directorate) with $36.4 billion in 2018-19 and $160.7 million over the
The Defence budget is due to grow to two per cent of GDP by 2020-2021.
In particular, the Budget provides funding which will continue to deliver
Defence operations, to boost capability and to support defence industry.
The Government will continue to fund major Defence operations,
including Operation Okra in Iraq and Syria and Operation Highroad in
Afghanistan, along with engagement in the near region and domestic
events. There are currently about 2300 Defence personnel deployed globally.
The Government maintains its commitment to invest $200 billion in
Defence capability over the next decade through the Integrated Investment
This includes around $90 billion being invested in the Naval Shipbuilding
Program, with $50 billion assigned to the Future Submarine Program, $35
billion to the Future Frigates Program and $4 billion to Offshore Patrol
Vessels. The Integrated Investment Program also covers programs such as
the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, EA-18G Growlers and P-8A Poseidon aircraft,
along with the new Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles.
The Government will continue its support to defence industry through
major policy initiatives falling under the 2016 Defence Industry Policy
Key policies include the Defence Export Strategy and the Defence
Industrial Capability Plan, accompanied by initiatives such as the Australian
Industry Capability Program, the Centre for Defence Industry Capability and
the Defence Innovation Hub.
Andrew McCulloch with the Ghazi Mir Bacha Khan Award, one of the
highest honours given to non-Afghans.
Photo: Sergeant Max Bree
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, stands in front of NUSHIP Sydney
at the Osborne Shipyard in Adelaide. The Government’s 2018-19 Budget
reiterates its commitment to boosting capability through initiatives such as
the Naval Shipbuilding Program.
Photo: Russell Millard
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