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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 15 LEUT Donna Kean volunteered to remain at the school for another year to complete the courses that are currently under pilot. Noting the intricacies with the Training System mentioned above it would have been difficult for a new incumbent to arrive in January, commence instructing while also completing all pilot paperwork and assessments. I am constantly impressed with her dedication, balance and comprehension of the training systems and am grateful for her sacrifice in foregoing the JLC position in victoria Barracks to remain in the School to see this through to the end. Her time in the school and dedication to training is second to none. I wish her all the best for her ‘secondment’ to HMAS STUART! The Year Ahead 2008/2009 will see the School reintroduce much needed Intermediate and Advanced courses with corresponding Competency Task Journals. It is essential that we provide our LS WTRs and SNs the much needed systems training and underpinning knowledge prior to returning to sea. Thank you for the flurry of feedback on the reintroduction of these courses. The pilot Intermediate and Advanced SN courses commence in October and November 2008 respectively. The Writer Courses are delayed until we have greater success with obtaining the systems in the school. Further updates on changes to the Supply Officer Professional Continuum will continue to be promulgated by signal and letter in the very near future. I’m also already looking forward to the first PQ Boards to be conducted in Canberra (hopefully HMAS HARMAN!) in July next year. The first batch of ASOs, if successful, will receive their PQs at the Annual Supply Mess Dinner. Hope to see many of you there providing support. SUAC and SoAC Until then, have a great Christmas where ever you are. Below are the photos of the SOs and DSOs from my first two courses. More photos to add to the history wall of fame. It was fantastic to work with two groups of people so dedicated to the Supply fraternity. The first Newsletter of 2009 will provide an update on the transition to the new roles of the ASO and DSO and the changes to the courses including the DSO Desig course which is still in progress as this article goes to print. So (desig) 2/07 – 22 oct to 09 Nov 2007 LEFT TO RIGHT: LCDR PK ANDREWS, LCDR ALEx OCHMANN, LCDR MICK SLATTERY, CMDR HARRY LOK, LCDR STEvE ALCHIN, LCDR KERRY RELF, LCDR PIET JONKER LCDR LORINDA CARLIN, CMDR TREvOR EvANS, LCDR DAvE SOUTHERLAND AND LCDR LEIGH KISNORBO Training for 2007/2008 For the last 18 months, the School has experienced rapid dynamic change to the training of Supply Officers from initial entry to DSO Desig, which hopefully you have begun to notice in the Fleet, commencing with the graduation of SOAC 01/08 in June 08. Additionally, we have said goodbye to one of our staff, LEUT Dan Heritier, who has decided to transition to the civilian workforce as of 1 September 2008, to enable better stability for his young family. He goes with our best wishes and fond memories. The biggest change that has occurred over the last eight months has resulted in the realignment of training and duties at sea to not only provide an opportunity to share the workload, but to also give the ASO an opportunity to contribute to wholeship and Supply functions during a 12 month posting on an MFU; becoming an effective member of the Ships Company. Apart from the changes to the professional development of the Supply Officer Continua, another significant change has occurred with the assessment of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competency (RCC). In previous years the Supply School assessed the level of RPL/RCC that was to be awarded to members applying to enter the Supply Officer Continua this is now undertaken through a matrix provided to ANDPR(SU) which will be included in the revised ABR6289 as an Annex. SUAC TRAINING SUAC Phase I (02/07) – July-September 2007 (Course Manager: LEUT Heritier) Like all Supply Officer Courses, SUAC Phase I 02/07 was a diverse mix of age range and experience, although surprisingly for a Supply Officer’s Course, 90% male with only the one female student. The students started from the young at heart, through to those young in body, who joined ADFA this year. BY LIEUTENANTS doNNA KEAN ANd dAN HERITIER