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Maritime Logistics Community News : November 2009
16 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SPRING 2009 STAFF MOVEMENTS This year has been an extremely busy year for the hardworking Supply Sailors in Cell Two DSCM. Here are some of the movements planned for the near future; WOCSM Sid Habens (DSCM CAIRNS) will post out to a SWO position on HMAS Warramunga in September and is replaced by WOSN Karen Sellars; CPOSN Tim Brading (Career Manager DSCM FBE) accepted a posting and promotion to the CIO Supply School position at HMAS CERBERUS. Tim has been replaced by CPOSN Sydney Walsh. CPOWTR Mark Ferrell (Career Manager DSCM FBW) joins HMAS ANZAC in October and is replaced by CPOSN Matthew Gale; and CPOMED Kyra Maher (DSCM Canberra) accepts a commissioning in October to attend WOSSEOC/JOLC. CPOWTR Karyn Ravaillion will be taking the reins as Supply, Health and Musicians Career Manager. Due to the high level of staff turnaround CPOSTD Carter and I will be assisting with the workload to ensure that you all continue receiving quality career management. TRAINING Since stepping into the role of Supply, Health & Musician Training Manager here at Cell Two DSCM in Canberra, my admiration for the Career Managers and the (at times) ‘delicate’ challenges their role presents, has increased ten fold. I was quite oblivious to the issues affecting other categories before arriving at DSCM. I had come from a Steward world and had no experienced many out-of-branch opportunities. As the general feeling goes, my category was the hardest done by. But in the last twelve months my eyes have really been opened to the big wide world of Navy and all the different trials and tribulations that all categories experience across the community. One of my tasks is to find suitable candidates and post them to promotional based courses for all seven Supply, Health & Musician categories. In all, I cover 26 courses, all of which are overlapping and are carried out at various times through the year, often more than once. This task demands extreme organisation skills and becomes a challenge of time and patience. Recently, the training continuums of many categories have undergone dramatic changes. This in itself has created challenges in panelling the right candidates to bring all sailors in line with the various new curriculums so as no sailor misses out on required qualifications necessary to progress their careers. All in all, I have found most sailors very accepting and accommodating in my plight to panel and post in order to increase their chances of promotion. However at times, there is the slight feeling of being a ‘used car salesman’ in my efforts to sell and promote particular courses to sailors. A role of which, after much practice I am beginning to master. Our Training schools for Musicians at HMAS CERBERUS, HMAS PENGUIN and Simpson Barracks Watsonia have provided fantastic support and assistance in my efforts to ensure the Musicians are trained and prepared to meet the challenges the Navy offers throughout our careers. I would like to say a big thank you to them for all the long hours they put into creating these training packages and perfecting teaching techniques, which can sometimes be an extremely challenging issue as well as finding ways to get us interested and retain the knowledge we need to progress. A big thank you to you all, without your support and help, and willingness to work with me, this job would be a lot more challenging than it already is. Overall, I have found my role to be an extremely rewarding one, and although it has its challenges, it is a position I recommend to anyone who is looking to excel their HR or people skills. My interpersonal, communication and management skills have greatly improved since working at DSCM (not to mention my service writing skills) and some of the skills I have learnt here I know I will take back with me to the Fleet for many years to come. I am sure through my Training role here I have spoken to many of you out there and look forward to speaking with many more of you in time to come. So until then, as managers and supervisors, let us pursue the never ending battle of task books and training as a collective and aim for a smooth transition towards a better trained Navy. CONTACT INFORMATION: DSCM Canberra CPO Dan Carter (STD and CK) (02) 6265 4719 CPO Karyn Ravaillion (MED, SN, WTR, MUSN and DEN) (02) 6265 9159 PO Felicity Carman (Supply, Health & Musician Training Manager) (02) 6265 3801 Local Career Management Cell CPO Lyn Jensen (DSCM Regional) (02) 6265 3591 CPO Syd Walsh (DSCM FBE) (02) 9359 6338 CPO Simon Allanson (DSCM FBE) (02) 9359 3978 CPO Matthew Gale (DSCM FBW) (08) 9553 5681 WO Karen Sellars (DSCM CAIRNS) (07) 4042 0370 WO Dave Evans (DSCM DARWIN) (08) 8935 5618 Sailor’s Career Management Page – ‘Training’ This year has been an extremely busy year for the hardworking Supply Sailors in Cell Two DSCM. Here are some of the movements planned for the near future: BY POSTD FELICITY CARMAN