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October 15, 2009
By LEUT Joelene Waters
FIVE members of HMAS
Warramunga (CMDR Bruce
Legge) have been recognised for
their outstanding contribution to
the ship's recent Gulf deployment
as part of the Operation Slipper
The Commander Joint Task
Force 633 Commendations were
awarded to CPOMT Robert Herbert,
CPOMED David Spencer, POB
Mark Woodhouse, LSBM Danny
Haber and LSCK Bryan Webb.
The recognition was also extend-
ed to other members, no longer part
of Warramunga ship's company,
including LCDR Edward Seymour
and LSCTS Samantha Rampant.
The surprised recipients, sur-
rounded by their shipmates, were
presented the commendations by
Warramunga's CO, CMDR Bruce
Legge, who was delighted by his
The praise was earned through
"commitment and dedication to
duty...in the preparation and con-
duct of Operation Slipper in the
Middle East Area of Operations".
Representing a range of depart-
ments, the commendations dem-
onstrated the depth of hard work
High praise for modest
required at all levels to achieve a
There was an eagerness from the
group to share the glory with their
peers, highlighting that positive out-
comes are rarely achieved single-
handedly. There was also an obvious
modesty about their individual con-
Contrary to the high praise for
his work ethic and commitment to
his team, POB Mark Woodhouse
was one example of a recipient who
did not believe that he "did anything
special or out of the ordinary" dur-
ing the deployment.
This sentiment was widespread
among those who achieved recogni-
tion and, for many of the awardees,
their highest praise was given to
their families who remained behind
to maintain the daily grind.
Displaying a generous level of
modesty, POB Woodhouse said his
wife displayed more valour by relo-
cating the family interstate twice
during the deployment.
"She deserves the commendation,
not me," he said.
LSCK Webb, whose partner
welcomed their second child during
the deployment, is another recipi-
ent who will remain grateful for the
understanding and strength of those
closest to him.
Regardless of the personal chal-
lenges of the deployment, the pro-
fessional experiences that can only
be gained during real situations were
recognised by each recipient.
CPOMT Herbert said he had
taken away a wealth of experience
from the deployment and was proud
of the individual achievements and
career advancement of every sailor
in his department.
The awardees were anything but
inexperienced, with their collective
service history including operational
experience in East Timor, Solomon
Islands and previous Gulf deploy-
PRAISE: HMAS Warramunga
returns to FBW on July 12 after
her deployment to the Gulf.
Photo: LSIS Nadia Monteith
By Annabelle Haywood
A NEW team is in place to person-
ally assist and individually case-man-
age identified and sought after ex-Navy
personnel with critical skills as they
seek to rejoin the Navy.
The team is now fully integrated and
staffed to operate within Navy's Career
Management Agencies (CMAs).
Team leader CMDR Greg Glancy
said the Re-join Case Management Team
(RCMT) was established to ease and
expedite the return of particular recent-
ly separated members to the Permanent
"Many of these ex-members have
superior skills and qualities that Navy
needs and can utilise now," he said.
"Our interest extends to those who
have not been gone much more than five
"While there is a need for the appro-
priate level of examination of every
application, ex-members have a history
of service, a track record and experi-
ence in Navy. So, in consultation with
the CMAs, RCMT is in a position to fast-
track particular applications with a degree
of confidence not otherwise present."
There have also been financial benefits
to Navy -- to date, the return of nine ex-
personnel and their vital experience has
helped Navy to avoid almost $900,000 in
bare training costs alone, with the pros-
pect of more savings to come.
"There are certainly categories, and
ranks within those categories, that we are
particularly interested in, such as those
relating to submariners," CMDR Glancy
"In conjunction with the CMAs,
RCMT has reduced the average time
taken to return selected ex-members to
the Navy -- and it has been very satisfy-
ing indeed for the team to assist those
wishing to return."
Originally an initiative of New
Generation Navy, RCMT has now become
part of Navy Career Management's eve-
Further information on the RCMT, and who to
contact, can be found on the DGNP intranet
site at http://intranet.defence.gov.au/navy-
web/sites/DGNP/; email rejoin.cmt@defence.
gov.au; or phone (02) 6265 2355.
Making life easier
HELP IS AT HAND: Former sailors wanting to get back in now have a team
available to help.
Photo: ABIS Evan Murphy
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