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Maritime Logistics Community News : Summer 2011
1 NAVY SUPPLY NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2011 LEUT MELISSA CLARKE, RAN From the Editor’s Desk Welcome to the Summer edition of the Navy Supply Newsletter with articles based on ‘Shaping Our Future’. I would like to thank the authors for their significant contribution and I encourage others to submit articles for the next edition, in particular Supply Junior Sailors. I would like to thank you all for your support during my tenure as Staff Officer to Head of Supply Community and Editor of this Newsletter. The Navy Supply Newsletter provides a platform for members of our Supply Community to showcase their professional and personal achievements, challenges and experiences to the rest of the Community, the broader Navy and Australian Defence Organisation as well as members of Supply Communities from Foreign Navies. But, perhaps the most important role of the Navy Supply Newsletter is to facilitate stimulating debate on topics important to the Supply Community. Your contribution is essential to make this newsletter an interesting and successful publication. There are also publisher prizes for the best article by an Officer, Senior and Junior Sailor, and Defence Member, as well as a ‘Best Group’ article. In this edition, articles that look at shaping our future include: CMDR Eccleston’s examination of the Rizzo Report and the implications for the Supply Community; LEUT Blacker’s review of the evolution from Supply to Logistics; the Supply Sea Training Group’s article on the strengths and weaknesses of Supply Departments at sea; POSN Brougham’s and Mr Ford’s overview of the Improved Stock Management Project (ISMP); LCDR Ochmann’s insight into working in the Defence Material Organisation; Dr McLennan and LCDR Wood’s discussion on the Major Fleet Unit ship repair and maintenance reform program; CPOWTR Davies’ submission on the role of writers in Middle East Area of Operation; CMDR Trumps exploration of the Landing Helicopter Docks; and more. Also, there are updates from our regular contributors, including Deputy Director of Navy Category Management (Supply and Health) and the category sponsors, Deputy Training Authority – Logistics, Chief Staff Officer (Support), and the Navy People Career Management Agency (NPCMA). The Supply Community website is an engaging vehicle for keeping in touch and showcasing our members and their achievements. We are particularly interested in hearing about people in our community being recognised and rewarded for their efforts, and significant events and activities involving our people. Please consider submitting images of Supply people, events, activities and achievements for inclusion. If you have something of interest you would like to share, comment on an article or offer suggestions for improvement, then please send in an article, preferably with a high resolution (at least 300 DPI) detached picture to: NavySupply.Newsletter@ defence.gov.au. If someone within your department receives an award or honour, please send an email to the editor with a photo. Do you anticipate taking some time off in the future? It might be for maternity leave, long service leave or conducting civilian schooling. If so, and you would like to stay in touch with what is happening in the Navy and Supply community, we offer a weekly email subscription called ‘Keep in Touch’ or KIT emails. Each week, I send out KIT emails with any relevant documents and notices such as Posting Opportunities, List of Sailors Postings, Signals of Interest, Media Releases and DefGrams to keep members up to date. This is also useful for members who may be posted to non-Navy units. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, please visit the Head of Supply Community intranet site http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navyweb/ sites/HSuC/ under ‘Supply Community Network’ to subscribe/unsubscribe. Alternatively, if you do not have access to the DRN, please send your email address to NavySupply.Newsletter@defence.gov.au with the subject ‘KIT Subscribe’ or ‘KIT Unsubscribe’. You can unsubscribe at any time. I hope you enjoy reading this Newsletter. Publisher’s Prizes for Spring 2011 edition Best Officer’s Article: CMDR David Eccleston Best Sailor’s Article: POWTR Aaron Smith Best Group Article: Dr Bruce McLennan & LCDR Samantha Woods Best Defence Member article: Mr Peter Ford