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Maritime Logistics Community News : Autumn 2010
15 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2010 It would be remiss of me not to begin by thanking my predecessor, LCDR Ben Favelle, for the outstanding job he did during his 18 months in the chair. I am only now beginning to appreciate fully how difficult it is to balance both the needs of the individual against the needs of the Navy and then replicating it approximately 200 times across the plot. I'm sure that you'll agree that LCDR Favelle achieved this outcome more often than not and that his selection for Australian Command and Staff College and promotion to Commander is richly deserved. It has been a very busy start to 2010 for DNOP. Since taking the chair in January we have already completed a career roadshow to Sydney, the Minor Charge and Shore Command Advisory Committee, the Engineers Charge Selection Board and the Supply Charge Endorsement Panel (SCEP). In terms of the latter, it was great to see some 40 supply officers take the time to put in a submission for consideration by the SCEP. I can only reiterate the importance of taking the time to do this, whether it is the SCEP, the DSO Endorsement Panel or a Member's Statement for the Promotion Board. These statements are your opportunity to explain in your own words what is important to you. Although you may still not get the exact position, posting or promotion that you want, at least the relevant board will be given the opportunity to take those factors into account as part of their decision making process. It was fantastic to have the opportunity to catch up (and in many cases meet for the first time) so many Supply Officers during the Sydney roadshow in February. As great as it is to correspond by phone or e-mail, nothing quite conveys personal aspirations and professional goals as effectively as a one- on-one interview. If I didn't get the chance to meet you in Sydney -- fear not! DNOP will be visiting Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin and Perth later in the year. It is appropriate that the theme of this edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter is 'thriving in a world of change.' At its essence, the posting an individual is the imposition of organisational change at the most personal level. Postings are sometimes welcome, sometimes not. Postings involving a move from one locality to another inevitably lead to upheaval and stress, particularly where spouse's employment and children's schooling is concerned. It is important to know that in a changing world, characterised in our organisation by an era of renewed efficiency under the strategic reform program, that each posting is carefully considered against the needs of the individual, their career progression and organisational requirements. Each posting presents the opportunity for an individual to expand their professional depth, potentially experience life in a new locality and work in a variety of joint and single service environments. Whether or not we thrive in the face of this change depends very much on the attitude we adapt towards each posting opportunity. So, when next I call, e-mail or visit, ask yourself the question - what am I going to make of the opportunity that is about to be offered to me? On that deep question, I'll leave you to ponder until the next edition! The Poster's Page It is my very great pleasure to be making my first contribution to the Supply Newsletter as Staff Officer Supply, Admin and Management Executive. BY LCDR BEN MACDONALD, RAN www.kobrashredders.com.au 1800 885 009 email@example.com AUTOMATIC OILING DEVICE COMPLIANT WITH THE DSM REQUIREMENTS NEW CD/DVD COMBI SHREDDER At last a SCEC Endorsed shredder than can destroy CD's, DVD's, ID Badges and paper up to Top Secret... THE NEW Kobra 400HS-COMBI