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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2009
14 naVY SuPPLY nEWSLEttER autumn 2009 Supply and Health Faculty Supply and Health Faculty - more than Just the Supply School Welcome to the new format of articles from the Supply and Health Training Faculty (SHF). Commencing with this Navy Supply Newsletter, all future submissions will give brief reports from all aspects of Supply and Health Training, not just the world of the Supply School as has been done in the past. This is in recognition that the Supply Community plays a large training role in the delivery of not only traditional Supply disciplines, but also logistic and health areas. It also accords with the theme of this Newsletter – “Supply Community Enhances Navy Capability”. In fact, the SHF goes beyond this remit by enhancing ADF capability. Take a look at the elements of SHF and you will understand. Four schools comprise the SHF: (1) The Medical School; (2) The Dental School; (3) The ADF School of Catering; and (4) The Supply School. Of these schools, the Dental and Catering areas train Army as well as Air Force personnel. Additionally, Navy training for machinery/plant/equipment is also managed by SHF. Across the entire Faculty there are in excess of 75 staff and instructors working in such disparate locations as CERBERUS, PENGUIN, STIRLING and the Army Logistics Training Centre at Bonegilla. In 2008, over 1600 students crossed over the training brow of the SHF. Without doubt, we at the SHF provide an important ADF training capability. the SHF direction For 2009 To illustrate how the SHF in 2009 is contributing to ADF capability, the following goals are planned for each of the schools: (1) Opportunities for enhanced simulation training in SHF courses; (2) Improving current SHF courses and training methods; and (3) Ensuring SHF training is in alignment with changing capability requirements. Let me explain briefly how we are aiming to achieve these goals, through some examples. Goal (1): Simulation Training Simulation, emulation, realism. Bringing real-life training to the student is the way of the future. The instructional method of ‘chalk and talk’ in front of an OHP has a place, however it is only when you can apply these learned skills to a practical, controlled situation that the training benefits are realised. To this end, the Medical School is going to utilise the multi-million dollar, state of the art, Army simulator in Bonegilla, Victoria; the Supply and Catering schools have plans in place to introduce simulation exercises and forms of assessment into their curricula; and HMAS ARUNTA in her capacity as training platform has already been used this year by the SO/DSO Desig course for SLIMS(S) and DC Roving evolutions. Goal (2): Course/Training Improvements Many courses across all the schools are being reviewed and streamlined. This is particularly evident in the Supply School where the curriculum for both Writers (WTRs) and Stores Navals (SNs) now comprises Initial, Intermediate, and Advanced courses; with the addition of specialist Commanding Officer’s Secretary (COSEC) and Stores Accounting Officer FRom tHE dESk oF dta-LoG CmdR RoLand Van GEELEn, Ran (SAO) courses designed to reflect current Fleet requirements. The Supply Officers training has also undergone a massive overhaul with a fully integrated continuum that tailors training for Assistant Supply Officers (ASOs), Deputy Supply Officers (DSOs), Charge Board endorsement, and Supply Officers (SOs) as Heads Of Department (HODs). This is combined with a requisite period at sea at each of these levels to ensure that the training received is consolidated through experiences afloat. A program is also underway that sees SHF staff visiting Fleet Units to provide refresher training on various subjects for Supply Department personnel. In April/May 2009, such a session will be held at FBE to workshop the issues associated with Rations Management Accounting (RMA) practices in Fleet Units. Goal (3): Training For Changing Capability Requirements As DTA-LOG in charge of the SHF, I sit on many Training Advisory Groups (TAGs). These TAGs are tri-Service and meet to discuss present and future training issues - especially changing and evolving capability requirements. TAGs exist for Catering, Dangerous Goods, Health and Dental, just to mention a few. Navy has been designated the Manager of Joint Training for two of these (the Catering and Dental TAGs). A review is also being conducted into how the TAFE contract has served us in delivering catering training and how it could be best situated to meet future ADF requirements. With changes to how we do business in stores management and Service funds just around the corner, the Supply School is looking at the impacts of MILIS and SBA-replacement training. The next issues of the Navy Supply Newsletter will report on the progress that has been achieved towards realising the goals listed above. In the meantime, the following pages will give you a brief insight into what is happening right now in the schools. Yours in training, Roland van Geelen R.J.P. van Geelen Commander, RAN DTA LOG - Supply & Health Faculty Illawarra Cable Services are specialists in inspection and testing of all types of Shore supply power cables and can: Repair and supply all types of Shore supply cables including the fitting of Viking plugs Conduct emergency on site repairs Supply approved plug and receptacle filling compound Proud Contractors and Supporters of the Royal Australian Navy 30 Investigator Drive UNANDERRA NSW 2526 P 02 4272 2444 F 02 4272 2464 ampcontrolgroup.com