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Maritime Logistics Community News : Winter 2011
1 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER WINTER 2011 A Message from the Head of Supply Community Welcome to the first edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter for 2011: Back to Basics - Improving Our Core Business. BY COMMODORE BOB RICHARDS, RAN The Supply Community is proud of its significant contributions to Fleet readiness and sustainability through our work onboard Fleet Units and throughout Fleet Command. We are also extraordinarily active in many other sections of the Australian Defence Organisation. Within the tri- Service environment we are employed within Joint Logistics and Joint Operations Commands and within the Defence Material Organisation we are embedded within the Systems Program Offices, and in many acquisition projects and sustainment activities. We are also increasingly requested to fulfill operational postings in support roles in the joint environment and with our allies in Coalition Headquarters. This lengthy list of Supply Community members employed in overseas operations over the 2010 Christmas period highlights the RAN Supply Community's significant contribution to the ADF achieving its operational missions abroad. • Supply Department HMAS MELBOURNE • RAN Liaison Office Bahrain: o LCDR Steve Dachs RAN o LEUT Amanda Buckland RAN o LEUT Matt Ryan RAN o CPOSN David Piercy o LSSN Robert Swift • OP SLIPPER Fleet Support Unit (Al-Minhad, UAE) o LEUT Luke Dennard RAN o CPOCK James Fitzgerald o CPOWTR Stuart O'Brien o LSWTR Julia Tighe o ABSN Mark Hibbins • TF150 (Bahrain) o LEUT Glen Blizzard RAN o POWTR Elizabeth Saunders • SO DCJTF-A (Kabul) -- LEUT Joelene Waters RAN • CJ4 Planner (Kandahar) -- LCDR Carl Church RAN • NATO Fund Manager (Kabul) -- LCDR Wayne Lanham RAN • HQJTF 633 J43 (Al-Minhad, UAE) -- LEUT Michael O'Keefe RAN • OP AZURE SO Plans (Sudan) -- LEUT Kylie Robson RAN • OP ASTUTE JTF HQ Coord Officer (East Timor) -- LEUT Teresa Wells RAN • OP ASTUTE JLC Liaison Officer (East Timor) -- LEUT Mark Taylor RAN It is not uncommon for us to get totally consumed by the day to day challenges and excitement of our work, particularly in meeting operational imperatives and striving for innovation and exploring reform opportunities. This is commendable and I encourage you all to do so in your workplace as we all strive to make a difference and leave the job in a better shape than when we joined. But in line with the theme of this Newsletter, 'back to basics', I encourage you to think about some of the important values and guiding principles of the Supply Community. For example: excellence in customer service; cost consciousness and ethical use of Commonwealth assets; value for money in purchasing; good governance and accuracy in our financial accounts; provision of frank advice to Command; treating all personnel with dignity and respect; and the passionate advocacy for the rights of our sailors. These all add up to doing the right thing all of the time, acting ethically, and if necessary being the unit's conscience. While some of these notions of honour might seem old fashioned, I think they line up very well with the goals and aspirations of the Strategic Reform Program and the New Generation Navy signature behaviours. When you do get time to reflect on how you performed today, this week, or last month, I encourage you to assess how well you did on my list of 'back to basics' essential values and guiding principles. Many of you would have heard about the Supply Community Review, which is being conducted as part of Navy's Workforce Rebalancing Review 2030 - you will definitely hear a lot more about it in the coming months. It is a first principle's review of what we can and must do to support the fighting efficiency of the Navy. It is not about justifying our existence or arguing for the status quo. We need to consider technological innovations and societal developments and challenge ourselves to provide the necessary logistic services to the future Fleet in the most effective and efficient way. Everything we do, how we see ourselves, and how we describe our roles, functions and missions must be operational or war fighter related; our duty statements must have an operational capability linkage. While recalling and embracing our 'back to basics' values and principles, we cannot hold onto our history unnecessarily. I am not sure that titles like Supply Officer, Writer, Steward, Cook or Stores Naval are truly reflective of what we do, and more importantly what we must do in 2020 and beyond. What do you think? When you get the chance to contribute to the review, as you surely will, please do so with our future firmly in mind.