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Maritime Logistics Community News : December 2008
NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2008 39 involve ourselves with HQJOC, which is the only operational and strategic level HQ in the ADF. So if you’re a post charge Supply Officer and you want to be involved in commanding and controlling ADF operations you will need to ensure that you have a posting to HQJOC in your plan. Life after Charge by CMdR S.G. ottaviano, RAN I always approached life after Charge as an opportunity to branch out and explore other areas of the Navy that might interest me. My approach was to do positions that dealt with more strategic logistics issues and other positions that would prepare me for promotion to Captain. RANLO Commander, US Pacific Fleet – A great job for the obvious reason of its locality. This position gave me exposure to the strategic logistic issues that both the USN and RAN have to deal with. I was involved in exercise planning for some of the larger Exercises and Operations. It was an intense period of learning, networking and experiences. Assistant Director Naval Officers Postings – In this position I was the Career Manager for all Commander Seaman and Intelligence Officers. I was also the Secretary for the Command and Senior Staff Selection Advisory Committee, which is the Navy Two Star committee which advises CN on who to select for all Command positions. I specifically went in with the aim of learning the “Black Art” of postings and to get a better appreciation of the personnel issues facing Navy. I think I achieved all of that and more. J1/J4 HQJTF 633 – This posting gave me an insight into the Combined and Joint Operational world in a deployed environment. For me it was the ultimate challenge living in Baghdad and dealing with Personnel, Logistics, Movements, Maintenance and Medical issues - all in the context of a warlike operation. CO, Joint Logistics Unit (West) – This position has given me exposure to Command, Management and Logistics issues across the full spectrum of Strategic to Tactical. By doing the above jobs, I believe that I achieved all the aims I set out for myself at the beginning of my post charge career, and all of them have been challenging yet rewarding! Post Charge is only the Beginning by CMdR R. J. Van Geelen, RAN My post-Charge employment experiences have been many and varied. Before listing them, I believe a qualifier is necessary. While it is certainly necessary being Charge-qualified to be considered for exciting and different positions of employment, it is being Charge-qualified at the right rank level that determines the breadth and depth of employment areas. To this end, I have found the largest array of postings is available to the post-Charge Supply Officer at the LCDR level. Below is a summary of my experiences: 1995 - Charge qualified 1995 - SO HMAS KANIMBLA 1996 - OIC RANLO BAHRAIN 1997/98 - J45 HQNORCOM 1999 - J45/43 HQSCA (forerunner of JLC) 2000 - SO HMAS WARRAMUNGA 2002 - Masters of Science Program: Ft Lee, virginia, USA 2003 - Performance Manager ANZSPO (DMO) 2004 - J45/43 HQJTF633 Baghdad, Iraq 2005/6 - PSO(SUP) Submarine FEG, HMAS STIRLING 2007 - Deputy Director Phase 2B.2 for Joint Project 2077 (DMO) 2008 - DTA-LOG (S&HF) HMAS CERBERUS In summary, following my initial Charge posting to HMAS KANIMBLA, I have experienced one other posting to sea as a second ‘drive’ Pusser; a RANLO job; three Joint jobs (including one on Active Service providing logistics support to ground forces in Iraq); two jobs in DMO (one in a SPO and one in a Project); one job in Fleet; and my current job in the Training world. I have thoroughly enjoyed my range of post-Charge jobs. From operational Headquarters to deployments, to Joint jobs, to the world of DMO and overseas study, I have been fortunate in experiencing a broad cross-section of logistics positions in the ADF. Importantly, I have always found them to be interesting and challenging in their own ways and I have accumulated a lot of knowledge that assists me in my current position. Post Charge does not mean the end of gaining qualifications - it is only the beginning. By CAPT R.S.T. Kenyon, RAN The issue of post charge employment regularly surfaces and officers flagellate themselves about “what do I need to do to get promoted?” vs what are the good jobs out there and what are your ambitions. I’m a simple soul and it never really was an issue for me for as a junior officer, I had already decided that I wanted to be: • Supply Officer SUCCESS; • OIC Supply School; • MCCA (and Mechannicsburg) • Fleet Supply Officer; and • CSOSUP These were the simplistic goals of an ASLT on his second DSO Job in HMAS TOBRUK after touring SUCCESS whilst she was being fitted out. Getting married and the realities of spouses who have careers hadn’t come into it yet (so I had to go covert on my desire to go to CERBERUS or MCCA ). However, I had a firm belief there were good challenging jobs at Fleet, in major projects and in leadership roles in the then Naval Support Command. My wife is a doctor who was in a specialist training programme and whilst I was SO CANBERRA she fell pregnant with our second child and was going to pull out of her training scheme. She had been following me around up until that point so the decision was simple – it was time for me to take a career break and we planned for me to be a Mr Mum. Don’t think that was all touchy feely and well accepted back in 1995. I transferred to the reserves and three days into my new life was offered a job in a consulting firm, this rollercoastered into being headhunted for a job doing ILS & process improvement in a merchant bank. All of this unplanned with no Cv or intention of working. What it showed me is how well we train our people and what business really wants. When my wife passed her specialisation exams we had a choice – what do I want to do now. It was easy for me because I enjoyed being a Supply Officer in the Navy, the chaps I worked with in the CBD could not comprehend my decision. So I was ILS geek in a bank one day and AFSO T & E the next at Fleet. This job promptly morphed into CMDR Log Plans (then also shadow posted to the new HQAUST) and then CMDR Kinghorne disappeared off to preps to invade Timor and we didn’t see him for quite a while. From there to ILS Manager of the new MCDCLO, where I got headhunted to do the Young Turks Aviation Review (much to CMDR Andy Smith’s bemusement) and from there I got moved into the Deputy Director Logistics job in Logistics Management Group. This job was extremely satisfying as the MSD ILS representative (and essentially Navy’s rep on a broad range of issues) as Navy had reorganised and self-imploded in terms of a broad range of ILS issues. From there to achieving a career goal of SO SUCCESS, then to Fleet Supply Officer (even got to play A/CSOSUP for a period) then off to Iraq as Deputy Chief Logistic Planner in MNF-I four star HQ. Finally, to my current position