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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 23 The Poster’s Page Greetings from the desk of Staff Officer Supply and Admin at DNOP and welcome to my first offering in the Supply Newsletter. All those years ago when receiving plum postings from (then) LCDR Robinson and (then) LCDR White, I never thought I’d find myself in their seat. I am learning that there’s more to it than one may think! First and foremost, on behalf of the Supply Community, might I wish LCDR Kate Miller all the best with the impending birth of another potential Supply Officer. Kate has left a great platform for me to build on and did an exceptional job of holding down this very busy job while suffering/enjoying all that comes with pregnancy. One of the first pleasures I enjoyed in the job was to tour the HQJOC facility at Bungendore. It is a state of the art installation and will be a sought after choice for Supply officers. We have around 12 LEUT-LCDR Supply Officers’ positions in HQJOC, ranging from Watchkeeping to Regional Logistics Planning. HQJOC will be part of all of our careers and it is my intention to ensure that those returning from or proceeding to operations are utilised within HQJOC. So, if you are pursuing an operational logistics role in the MEAO, on Op AZURE, Op ASTUTE or similar sunny locations, a preparatory posting to HQJOC is likely to make you more competitive. Bear it in mind. I have also had the pleasure of meeting with the DSO Desig Course which will have recently completed when this edition goes to print. They’re a well trained and well informed bunch and I am sure they will excel at sea. I took the opportunity to emphasise to the DSO Desigs the expected tenure of a DSO position – which is not less than eighteen months but quite possibly as much as two years depending on ship’s programs and a variety of influencing factors. In my opinion, the period after the Supply Charge Board is when DSOs have the best opportunity to observe their Supply Officer and the machinations at HOD level, potentially act in the Supply Officer’s position and begin to think about how they will handle the role when returning to sea as the Supply Officer. Still on the topic of DSOs, I have had the pleasure of reviewing the submissions for the DSO Endorsement Panel (EP) 2/08. I have made two major observations from the DSO EP process: A NOBLE & SON LTD Specialist in Supply and Testing of Wire Rope and Lifting Equipment 49 Benison Road, Winnellie NT 0821 Telephone (08) 8947 4884 Fax (08) 8947 4770 www.nobles.com.au 16 Fariola Street, Silverwater NSW 2128 Telephone (02) 9748 1166 Fax (02) 9647 2958 12 BRANCHES AUSTRALIA WIDE Fully recommended for Naval Support • How keen our junior supply officers are to proceed to sea, and therefore, how competitive it is to take up the available DSO positions; and • Some officers eligible for DSO positions have not submitted member statements, and therefore throw themselves to the mercy of the DSO EP. 44% of those ‘eligible’ chose not to submit a statement. This was the only let down of the DSO EP process and makes the decision making process difficult. For future reference, the methodology for choosing the DSOs of tomorrow is to draw a report from PMKEYs of all Supply Officers with a Supply PQ but without the Fleet Supply Charge Board Proficiency. These are the candidates for DSO. If you are in that pool, please be sure to submit a member statement (provided on the DNOP website) when asked in the future. I have been a bit of a ‘grey man’ over the years, so I may not yet have met all of the Supply Officers on the plot. I will be travelling to meet with the Supply community as often as possible and the DNOP roadshows generally take me to a location near you at least once a year so I hope to meet with as many of you as possible. Alternatively, if you are passing through Canberra and have not had a career interview in the last few months, please contact me and we’ll catch up for a career chat, apparently though the poster should never pay for his brew! BY LCdR BEN FAVELLE