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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
8 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 directorate of Naval Professional Requirement BY CMdR LISA BATCHLER, RAN CMILT Well, it has now been a little over a year since I took over the reins as ADNPR(SU). Firstly, I would like to publicly thank CMDR Harry Lok for his efforts in this position and acknowledge the achievements made for the Supply Community by him and the team during his tenure. Harry is now serving as Supply Officer HMAS KANIMBLA and has been selected for promotion to CAPT on 1 January 2009. We wish him well in his (not so) new job and are still looking through the mailbag for our postcards and gifts from exotic destinations (hint, hint)…. I come to the ADNPR(SU) position with the experience of coauthoring SO 2013 with CMDR Robinson, so it is probably some kind of karma that sees me back in the position and responsible for implementing the recommendations made in the report. I am pleased to inform you that SO 2013 was closed by the Supply Advisory Council in July 2008 with all recommendations implemented. This is a major milestone for the Supply Community and the improvements to the training and employment of our Supply Officers are now showing in our ships and establishments. Since SO 2013 there have been a number of significant changes across Navy and Defence that require continual review of our strategic roadmap to ensure that it remains relevant to the future – any volunteers to write Supply Officer 2023? Over the past year, we have made some very good inroads into improving the training and professional standing of the supply trades. There is still much to be done, and we are working on a number of initiatives to further enhance the Supply Community’s standing as an employer of choice for our people. Since I joined in July 2007, we have visited Sydney, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne and WA for Category Sponsor visits and CAGs. I also attended the RNZN Supply Conference in Auckland in August last year and participated in discussions with the RNZN senior supply staff. We were then able to reciprocate with a discussion forum held in conjunction with the highly successful Supply Conference in Sydney in March. Despite the financial constraints that have been placed upon us, we aim to visit as much of the community as we can. The CAGs scheduled for September 2008 in Darwin were cancelled, however an alternate category sponsor visit was conducted in Sydney that included information sessions at all establishments. The feedback gained from these sessions is invaluable in shaping the direction of the Category Sponsors’ work, so I encourage all of you to engage with them – you have a strong team working hard to ensure that your issues are represented but they need your feedback to do this successfully. We continue to work with the Supply School and other stakeholders to develop an implementation plan for the OPLOG reserve PQ. This PQ provides Navy with a unique opportunity to harness the skills and experience of those personnel who work in civilian logistics industries and bring their experience into Navy on a part time basis. A recruiting target has been set for next year and we are progressing towards a pilot OPLOG course in 2009. We have had a number of personnel movements within the ADNPR(SU) shopfront. WOSTD Phil Crisp departed in April on completion of 23 years of service. He is now working as the Teaching Centre Manager for the School of Hospitality Cookery and Bakery at the Waverly campus of Holmesglen TAFE in Melbourne. We thank Phil for his contribution to the Steward category and wish him all the best in his next career. Phil will be replaced by CPOSTD Rebekah Day on her forthcoming promotion to WO in January 2009. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to LEUT Mark Cohayney as SO Policy 1 and WOWTR Andrew Hart as the Writer Category Sponsor who have joined us since the last Supply Newsletter was published. We have also welcomed LEUT Nev Cook to the SO Policy 2 position and also to the Supply Community. Nev joins us from the RN under the lateral transfer scheme. FRoM STAFF oFFICER PRoFESSIoNAL dEVELoPMENT By LEUT Jodie Wilkinson, RAN CPL CMILT, Staff Officer Professional Development (SOPD) The SOPD desk is always filled with a variety of tasks and issues. Some of the most recent work includes visibility of promotion supply and demand numbers, SOAC course placements, recruiting target manipulation, SU position reviews and ownership demarcation, and providing sponsorship for potential SU and OPLOG PQ applicants. Long term projects include Flexible Work Practices and the Supply Officer Secondment program. Constrained with only a short column I would like to focus on my key areas of concern. ABR 6289 Chapter 8 re-write A re-write of ABR 6289 Chapter 8 is currently underway. The re-write will be endorsed by key contributors and distributed to Supply Officers for a 6 month trial/validation to road test the endurance and reliability of the document before forwarding to DNOP for promulgation. Supply Officer and Deputy Supply Officer Endorsement Panel Submissions Once you achieve your PQ or Charge Qualification you are placed in a pool for DSO or SO Desig course respectively. All personnel within the pool are encouraged to put forward a personal submission for consideration by their respective endorsement panel, regardless of seniority or circumstances. This is your opportunity to explain your personal circumstances and preferences and your desired timings to return to sea. These submissions are an