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NSW Military Health
Symposium 2009 >>
Saturday 14 November 2009
HMAS WATERHEN, Waverton
Tri-Service personnel of all ranks as
well as Defence Civilian Health
workers are welcome
REGISTRATION Registration is FREE
Registration closes 6 November
ENQUIRIES Mr David Talakovski
Telephone: 02 8335 5269
Many interesting subjects will
be discussed at the symposium.
Updates will appear as
available on www.raamc.com
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Australia's Reserve Forces
September 17, 2009
THE Australian Defence Force
Academy's musical production of
Rent was a huge success with more
than 400 people attending each
night including the Vice Chief of
the Defence Force and the Deputy
Rent was set in the artsy avant-
garde neighbourhood of Manhattan
and is based on a group of young
and impoverished friends trying to
survive and create in New York's
bohemian East Village. The musical
is a modern take on Puccini's La
The ADFA performing arts
company's interpretation was well
received, with many people compli-
menting the midshipmen and officer
cadets on their ability to perform
and handle the edgy musical.
Production Director OFFCDT
Joshua Kam said Rent was a culmi-
nation of almost 12 months of hard
work by more 60 midshipmen and
officer cadets within the Academy.
"Apart from their overwhelm-
ing talent, the team's dedication and
professionalism has been astound-
ing," he said.
"In addition to completing their
military and academic studies, they
gave up their own time to direct,
produce and perform in the musical.
"After months of casting and
numerous rehearsals, it was great
to see that their hard work had paid
off."The ADFA Performing Arts
Company raised $2000 for their cho-
sen charity, Camp Quality.
By LEUT Hugh Simpson
JUNIOR Warfare Officer (JWO) train-
ing has entered a new era as Navigation
Faculty instructors now deliver train-
ing to ADFA Midshipman during their
ADFA JWOs complete NEOC and
Phase 1 and 2 of the Junior Warfare
Application Course (JWAC) in their first
year of training, before starting degree
studies at ADFA, but Navigation Faculty
staff had identified a degradation in mari-
ner skills from JWO's returning to sea
after three years at ADFA.
LCDR Ben Hissink, OIC of the
Navigation Faculty, has been working
with instructors to reinvigorate a pro-
gram to provide continuation training to
"When trainees re-enter the JWAC
continuum at the end of ADFA, many
have struggled to hit the ground running
after three years of next to no study of
their mariner skill," LCDR Hissink said.
"This training program aims to revise
those core skills and advance their train-
ing before returning to the Fleet."
Communication modules and Fleet
work will be introduced to ADFA train-
ing in an attempt to streamline JWAC,
reduce pressure on facilities and ensure
trainees are returned to sea earlier.
"By getting more modules complet-
ed at ADFA, we are able to reduce the
shore-based training time and get people
to sea and qualified 15 weeks earlier,"
instructor LEUT Adam Pearce said.
Further streamlining initiatives in
navigation training will be reviewed at
the Navigation Symposium at HMAS
Watson on October 23. The symposium
is open to all navigators and interested
More information on the Navigation
Symposium 2009 is available on the DRN
sites/TAMW/ or by contacting the Navigation
Faculty on (02) 9337 0329.
ADFA students on song
IN TUNE: OFFCDT
Aleisha Dare, OCDT
Jarrod Baldwin and
MIDN James Hill per-
form in ADFA's pro-
duction of Rent
New era in junior
CONTINUATION TRAINING: Junior Warfare Officer training will now be ongo-
ing for midshipmen attending ADFA, to faciliate faster re-entry to the Fleet
after their tertiary study.
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