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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2010
21 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2010 Of course you can't have so much involvement in so many activities without a great deal of work being conducted prior to, during and post operation or exercise. The great reward in all this involvement and activity is that personnel actually get to be employed in all those activities that we spend so much time training to do. There is great pride in being able to rise to meet the challenge ahead of you. Life at sea is challenging, life as an RAN CK is challenging, and there is an extraordinary amount of conflicting requirements placed on every individual. From achieving a work life balance which ensures you take care of your self and your family, to meeting the daily requirements of the ship or workplace. This ability to achieve each day, day after day for a prolonged period of time is no where better demonstrated than by Supply personnel. There is no 'downtime' for Supply personnel as the need for logistics and logistical support is constant. Throughout my career I have encountered and experienced many challenges, as have you; however in our daily working routine as Cooks I believe that we are blessed and cursed at the same time. The blessing comes in the form of the fact that everyday you are presented with a product that must be prepared, processed, developed and transformed into a meal, and this requirement can occur as many as three or four times a day. The fact that we have this obligation to provide meals and meal service in a precise and timely manner dictates our days are clearly defined, thus presenting and achieving clear milestones that have to be achieved. These small milestones demonstrate 'achievement' and allow us to move from one activity to the next. Due to the daily demonstrations of achievement i.e. well prepared and presented meals, the days can seem to pass quickly. Before you know it the week at work or sea, or the deployment is over. Conversely this is also our curse, the pressure of the requirement to constantly achieve and demonstrate a product of high quality, which is critiqued everyday by every other member of the ships company can be relentless. I used to comment on this daily assessment and review conducted by the ships company by saying 'on any ship there is always hundred of experts but few professionals' The Supply Community is achieves extraordinary things every day, the list is long, however here are a few things I would like to highlight; • the outstanding dedication and commitment of all our Cooks up North working in our MWV fleet, the nature of their employment and patrols ensure all MWV Cook personnel, and the Food Services personnel, are required to 'think on their feet' to produce a great product, • the outstanding dedication and commitment of all members at the ADFSC. Recruiting is high which means all courses are running and there is not much down time when working at the ADFSC. Our Senior Instructors, instructors and all the course managers are doing an exceptional job, • HMAS KUTTABUL and STIRLING galleys provide exceptional support and assistance to all MFUS and fleet units. The contribution of the Senior Cooks and the galley personnel should not be understated or forgotten when it comes to ensuring our personnel are correctly trained, prepared and ready to post to sea. • the outstanding work of PARRAMATTA and its Cooks in the MEAO, lead by CPOCK J Stuart, and a well deserved commendation for their efforts, • the excellent work of the TOBURK Cooks and POCK R. Walker as mentioned in dispatches by CDRE Francetti, USN (Commander of Pacific Partnership) • on a personal note; -- POCK Love conducted a suitability voyage in (STS) Young Endeavour, -- SMNCK Russell Duncan came third in the 4th year apprentice category of the HTN apprentice of the year cooking competition held at Ryde Tafe in July, -- CPOCK S. Phelan and CPOCK T. Roberts have both been offered promotion to Warrant Officer and will commence their new roles in the New Year. Congratulations to you both and good luck in your future postings. • I think it is also important to mention the fact that many personnel have undertaken some form of Professional development to ensure they hone and enhance their culinary professional knowledge and repertoire. The increase of knowledge and skill should never be overlooked or under estimated. In closing I would like to thank all personnel for their contribution to capability and the achievements the RAN has seen this year; RIMPAC, KAKADU, deployments to the MEAO, South East Asia, major exercises such as Pacific Partnership and Bersama Padu and personnel deployments ashore into operational areas, just to name a few. Where ever you look you will find Cooks serving, providing great support and achieving great outcomes, making a difference everyday. Thanks for your time, take care over the upcoming Christmas and New Years period. Cooks Category Manager Here we are again, another year has flown by, and what a year it was. The exercises and operations that the RAN and Defence have been involved in have been immense. BY WOCK CRAIG NICKELS