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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
4 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 From the Editor’s desk Welcome to the Autumn edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter focusing on our Supply community enhancing Navy capability. I would like to firstly thank LEUT Natasha Connew for re-establishing such a professional magazine and providing useful guidance on how to put it together. I would also like to thank all the authors who have submitted articles to this edition and would like to encourage others to contribute, particularly Junior Sailors. This newsletter is a mix of community events, personal experiences and professional articles. This newsletter is one that should reflect our community and our achievements, challenges and experiences. Therefore, your contribution is essential to make this newsletter an interesting and useful publication. Contrary points of view are also welcomed in response to any articles you read in this publication. It is also good to note that there are publisher prizes for the best article by an Officer, Senior Sailor and Junior Sailor as well as best group article. In this edition, we have an array of articles including reports on the first year as Fleet Logistic Support Element Fleet Base East and Fleet Base West, logistic support from within the Dive Teams and an insight into the LHD project. We also have updates from our regular contributors of ADNPR(SU) and the category sponsors, CSO(SUP), DSCM, DNOP, our Reserve Column and DTA-LOG. We have some interesting reflective pieces such as a Warrant Officer attends Staff Course and informative articles on issues such as GORPS and JP2077. Do you foresee yourself taking some time off in the future? It might be for maternity leave, long service leave or conducting civilian schooling. If so, and you would like to stay in touch with what is happening in the Navy and Supply community, we offer a weekly email subscription called ‘Keep in Touch’ emails. Each Monday, I send out KIT emails with any relevant documents and notices such as List of Officers Postings/List of Sailors Postings and DefGrams to keep members up to date. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, please contact me via email with either your DRN or home email address. You can unsubscribe at any time. We are always interested in hearing about people in our community being recognised and rewarded for their efforts, and also about other events and activities that our people are involved in. If you have something of interest you would like to share, provide a comment on the articles or give any suggestions for improvement, then I encourage you to send in an article, preferably with a high resolution (at least 300 DPI) detached picture to: The Editor Navy Supply Newsletter C/- DGMARSPT Locked Bag 12 PYRMONT NSW 2009 Or email: NavySupply.Newsletter@defence.gov.au Thank you for all your support and please do not hesitate to contact me if you require assistance. LEut amanda FRaPE, Ran a message from the Head of Supply Community CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Out of a 40-45 year working career, I would like Navy’s connection with the individual to be continuous - perhaps 10-20 years in the PN, with the rest being part-time in the active or standby reserve. That’s pretty much available now I hear you say – but I want the barriers between the various forms of service to be almost seamless, that people are encouraged to take career breaks, are welcomed back on their return and not penalised for their period out of uniform, particularly in relation to promotion or posting opportunities. I see that embracing the notion of having a fully integrated permanent and reserve force is essential to our future success and if you doubt that, all you have to do is look at the changes in Australia’s demographics – we cannot expect to be a force made up of 18-30 year olds. Furthermore, this age group are not joining the Navy, or any organisation for that matter, for a life long career. Navy needs to have a very well oiled revolving door policy. I would like to thank all the authors in this edition of our Newsletter. It is commendable to see the Newsletter return with such vigour. I would like to encourage all members who have a contrary view to any of the articles read in this publication to submit one themselves. If you do have an alternate view, it would be wonderful if you would share that with our readership. For the Supply community to remain healthy, this publication must promote lively discussion and debate about current and future issues.