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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
BY CMDR LISA BATCHLER, RAN CMILT New Generation Navy, and its structural changes, has recognised what we have all known for a number of years – that the Supply model of category management and engagement with our community is second to none. The stand up of the Directorate of Navy Category Management (DNCM) and the adoption of many of the Supply and Engineering category management best practices is testament to the ongoing efforts of those who have gone before me in this position. The ability to pull together all the categories and PQs under the one organisation gives us a unique opportunity to learn from other good ideas and further improve our services to our respective Communities. Much effort has been invested in improving the Supply categories, and the Category Sponsor updates detail these achievements. In addition to category specific work, Assistant Director of Navy Category Management (Supply) (ADNCM(SU)) has been contributing to the planning and design of new capabilities. We have provided advice to the AWD and LHD projects on personnel numbers, training, ship functionality (such as galley and café designs) in an effort to incorporate your feedback into the ships of the future. The effectiveness and habitability of platforms directly impacts personnel so it is paramount that this task remains a priority. Improved systems for the management of Defence assets, service funds and human resources continue to impact on the way in which we train and employ our Supply people to support capability in the maritime environment. DNCM also offers assistance and advice to ensure that developments in these areas are synchronised with the changes made in category training and structure. We are entering the end of year posting cycle, and as a result, a number of postings will affect staff at DNCM. WOSTD Day will pass the reins to WOSTD (desig) Sue D’Arcy in December of this year. WOSN Grant Leepere has been posted as SWO SIRIUS, and will be replaced by WOSN (desig) Greg Hetzel in November. Congratulations to both these CPOs, who have displayed a high level of professionalism and outstanding performance to be selected for promotion to WO. I commend the efforts of WOSTD Day and WOSN Leepere, and, on behalf of the Supply Community, thank them for their dedication to bettering their categories in the face of sometimes frustrating personnel management constraints. This issue of the Navy Supply Newsletter has a global logistics support flavour. The variety of articles serves to highlight the flexibility, cheerful goodwill and professionalism that are hallmarks of the RAN Supply Community. On a final note, to each and every one of you who have contributed to the betterment of our Community, I thank you most sincerely. It has been an absolute pleasure to serve you over the past 21⁄2 years and I look forward to remaining engaged with the activities of the Supply Community in my next job. STAFF OFFICER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SOPD) UPDATE By LEUT Mark Cohayney, RAN Increasing numbers of officers and sailors are realising the benefit of improving their education through distance learning opportunities. While external studies outside of work are a large commitment, there are benefits for personnel wishing to enhance their education and complete either degree or post graduate studies. Recently, I discussed distance learning opportunities with the Australian Maritime College (AMC). Located in Launceston, the AMC has integrated with the University of Tasmania to become a specialist institute in Maritime studies. The AMC is Australia’s national centre for maritime education, training and research and is highly regarded, ranking amongst the top maritime higher education institutions in the world. In June 2009, a two week residential intensive delivery course was held at HMAS CERBERUS and instructed by lecturers from the AMC. The Officers who participated in the course agreed that the content was appropriate and relevant to their Navy employment and commented that these courses would provide them with greater knowledge to improve their employability and performance as a Supply Officer. Recognising these benefits, DNCM and DTA-LOG are investigating the opportunity to run a similar course again in 2010. Distance learning provides a great opportunity for people to obtain higher education for their career advancement by allowing students to study at the time and location most convenient to them. The AMC leads the way in distance education in maritime and logistics and ensures that the courses are relevant and responsive to industry needs. Students studying with the AMC through distance education are provided with a comprehensive study package and on-line resources. The education courses offered by AMC are both applicable for Officers and Sailors looking for post graduate and undergraduate opportunities. Courses range from Diploma in Maritime and Logistics Management Directorate of Navy Category Management As I again sit down to put pen to paper, I find myself realising that this will be my last contribution to the Navy Supply Newsletter as your Category Sponsor. After 21⁄2 years in this position, I will be handing over the reins to CMDR Bruce Shearman in December. I can honestly say that this has been one of the most rewarding postings of my career to date. This job brings a raft of challenges, but also has its share of rewards, not the least of these being the satisfaction of seeing our PQ and categories progress and professionalise. 8 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009