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November 12, 2009
Defence Families of Australia - National Convenor Position
Defence Families of Australia (DFA) is an independent, not for profit organisation
officially representing Defence family priorities. DFA is seeking to appoint a new
This dynamic position reports directly to the Minister for Defence Personnel,
Materiel and Science and the Chief of the Defence Force. The National
Convenor's primary focus is to lead and represent this voluntary organisation, by
advocating the issues affecting Defence families.
The ideal applicant will be confident in liaising with the most senior levels of
Government and Defence. They must possess excellent communication skills,
have a strong knowledge of the challenges facing a modern ADF family and
ideally have a background in advocacy or policy development.
This paid part time position is open to partners of current full time serving
members of the ADF, and is based in Canberra.
A detailed job information package is available at;
For any further enquiries please contact
or phone: 1800 100 509
CDRE Stuart Mayer has taken
command of the International
Stabilisation Force (ISF) that is
working to maintain security and
restore normality in East Timor.
CDRE Mayer is the first Navy
officer to command the ISF and
assumed responsibility from the out-
going ISF Commander, BRIG Bill
Sowry, at a handover ceremony in
Dili on October 23.
BRIG Sowry, who was
recently bestowed the Timorese
Government's highest honour, the
Medal of Merit, welcomed CDRE
Mayer to East Timor.
"I welcome CDRE Mayer and
know his leadership of the ISF will
be of great benefit to East Timor as
the nation moves forward," BRIG
"Economic stability and commu-
nity confidence in East Timor has
been moving in a positive direction.
"While there is still work to be
done, the improvements in East
Navy first in
Timor's social and economic sta-
bility are apparent. The streets are
busy, marketplaces are open and
employment opportunities are being
GOOD LUCK: BRIG Bill Sowry
(left) hands over command to
CDRE Stuart Mayer at a cer-
emony in Dili.
Photo: ABIS Jo Dilorenzo
Historic baptism for
POIGNANT: LSMED Jarrod Vowell is annointed by HMAS Toowoomba's
CHAP Steve Gunther in the River Jordan after being baptised.
Photo: LS Nathan Zessin
FIVE members of HMAS Toowoomba's
ship's company recently stood fearless
in front of 30 of their colleagues as
they stepped into the River Jordan to be
baptised as Christians by CHAP Steve
The river is one of the most histori-
cally and spiritually significant places in
the world -- the site of Jesus' baptism by
John the Baptist.
When LSMED Jarrod Vowell, LSET
Nathan Arnall, ABET Emry Thaggard-
Crocker, ABBM Craig Everett and
ABMT Laurence Flynn rose out of the
river there was a definite sense for all of
them that this occasion marked the begin-
ning of a new life and, for those gathered
to watch, that they had witnessed some-
thing both spiritual and profound.
LSMED Vowell said it was one of the
best days of his life.
"To have the opportunity to be bap-
tised in the same place as Jesus was awe-
inspiring. I am so grateful," he said.
CHAP Gunther said the experience
was extremely profound for all those who
were privileged enough to be present.
"To be a part of five young men
shamelessly standing up to be counted
for their faith in front of their shipmates
was humbling and both an honour and
privilege for me personally," he said.
"For us to do this in the river where
Jesus was baptised, a place with such
historical and spiritual significance,
was truly breathtaking and definitely an
answer to a prayer."
The baptism site on the Jordan side
of the River Jordan is one of the most
important recent discoveries in biblical
Excavations only began in 1996 fol-
lowing Jordan's peace treaty with Israel
in 1994, but it has already uncovered
the remains of five churches as well as
caves and baptismal pools dating from
the Roman and Byzantine periods.
THE BETHANY FIVE: HMAS
Toowoomba's CHAP Steve Gunther
(third from right) baptised (L-R)
ABMT Emry Thaggard-Crocker,
ABBM Craig Everett, LSET Nathan
Arnall, LSMED Jarrod Vowell and
ABBM Laurence Flynn in the River
Photo: LEUT Kelli Lunt
A CONTRACT has been
signed with the United
States RAND Corporation
to complete a Domestic
Design Study for the
Future Submarine Project,
"As outlined in
the White Paper, the
Government has decided
to acquire 12 new Future
Defence Minister Greg
Combet said on November
"This project will be
the largest and most com-
plex defence procurement
undertaken in Australia's
"The study will exam-
ine Australia's submarine
design capability and
capacity and the results
will inform strategy
options for consideration
by Government during
Future sub design
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