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RAN supply community
THE RAN supply community took out
the national award for 'Excellence in
People Development' at the Chartered
Institute of Logistics and Transport
Australia (CILTA) annual awards ceremo-
ny in Newcastle on October 23.
CAPT Steve O'Keefe and LEUT Jodie
Wilkinson accepted the award on behalf
of the Navy supply community, which was
nominated because of its investment in
aligning its members with professional
institutions, increasing professional knowl-
edge and preparing members to perform
effectively in the contemporary logistics
December 10, 2009
Review of compensation
THE Department of Veterans' Affairs is
reviewing military rehabilitation and
compensation arrangements to ensure
they meet the current and future needs
of today's Service personnel.
The review is an opportunity for sailors
to voice their concerns about rehabilita-
tion and compensation issues and will
recommend improvements to the Military
Rehabilitation and Compensation Act
2004. This Act provides compensation and
benefits for injured or deceased Service
personnel who have served after July 1,
2004 and their families.
Meetings are being held on selected
bases in the coming months. There will
also be public meetings off-base around
the same time for ex-Serving members and
families to provide their views as well.
For more information on the review fol-
low the links at www.dva.gov.au
By LEUT Todd Austin
AFTER six months of frustra-
tion with the re-entry process to
the permanent Navy, CPO Arthur
Mitcherson is now back in uniform
full-time thanks to the efforts of
Rejoin Case Management Team
"After successive sea deployments,
I needed a break," CPO Mitcherson
"I wanted to spend some time with
my family to ensure they were okay."
Ironically, it was actually his fam-
ily who suggested he rejoin.
"I always wanted to come back
-- after 20 years in the Navy it's a part
of you and I missed it."
CPO Mitcherson acknowledged
that, if it wasn't for the support and
efforts of the RCMT, he probably
wouldn't be in the Navy in a full-time
"The correspondence I received
from the RCMT was the reason I per-
sisted in my attempts to rejoin," he
"It showed me that the Chief of
Navy's initiatives in putting people
first were actually working; there was
a way forward."
Two of Navy's Signature
Behaviours, "Challenge and Innovate"
and "Fix Problems and Take Action",
were at the forefront of CPO
Mitcherson's actions when he wrote
to CN advising him of his situation.
Head of the RCMT CMDR Greg
Glancy said CPO Mitcherson was the
catalyst for future re-joiner develop-
ments and initiatives.
easier than ever
"His efforts were at the centre of
CN's directive to assist, ease and expe-
dite the re-entry to the permanent Navy
of ex-members," CMDR Glancy said.
"CPO Mitcherson had the qualifica-
tions and experience that Navy needed
to allow us to expedite his return to
full-time service within two days."
Navy is short of numbers in certain
specialist categories and ex-members
who have the skills and experience
in these critical areas can have their
rejoining process reduced to allow eas-
RCMT has been able to drastically
shorten the process, with some applica-
tions being completed within 36 hours.
The RCMT is located in Canberra and Fleet
Base West. Each member is dedicated to
smoothing the way for re-joiners. For more
information email email@example.com.
Menhinick will hold
one of the most senior
Coalition naval positions in
the MEAO when he assumes
command of CTF150 on
CDRE Menhinick and his
command group left Australia
on December 8 after a formal
farewell at Fleet Base East.
As CTF150, CDRE
Menhinick will be in tacti-
cal control of Coalition ships
and aircraft from many
nations including the US, UK,
Singapore, Pakistan, Germany
and Australia and, during
peak operational periods,
about 1600 personnel.
CDRE Menhinick is the
first RAN officer to hold this
important Coalition position.
CTF150 is an interna-
tional task force that conducts
Maritime Security Operations
southeast of the Strait of
Hormuz, in the Gulf of Aden,
Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea,
Red Sea and parts of the
Since 2001, 24 nations
have operated as part of this
Coalition task force.
CTF150 will command
assigned Coalition forces in
order to develop security,
promote stability and global
prosperity in the maritime
environment, and complement
counter-terrorism and secu-
rity efforts of regional nations.
its way to
FOR the first time in history Navy
has provided a Chaplain to work at
the headquarters of JTF633 in the
Middle East Area of Operations as
the J08 Theatre Chaplain.
CHAP Paddy Sykes was posted
from HMAS Manoora in June for six
The headquarters moved from
Baghdad to its current Middle East
location late in 2008, and the position
of Theatre Chaplain went from being
an Army position to a tri-Service posi-
tion.CHAP Sykes said his main respon-
sibility was to provide religious and
spiritual advice and support to the
Commander JTF633, MAJGEN Mark
Kelly, and other headquarters staff.
"I am also responsible for the
other chaplains posted to the MEAO
in ships and with various deployed
groups from the Army and Air Force,"
CHAP Sykes said.
In the course of his duties, CHAP
Sykes has forged close working rela-
tionships with other Coalition chap-
lains from Canada, US and UK.
Since CHAP Sykes has worked
mostly in Navy establishments and
ships, it has been a steep learning
curve as he has been exposed to the
cultures of the other two Services.
"Working in the headquarters has
also exposed me to the world of joint
operations for the first time," he said.
"The position has been very
rewarding because I've been able to
travel to many parts of the theatre and
see first-hand how our ADF people
RAN chaplain makes
his mark in MEAO
REWARDING: CHAP Paddy Sykes is working in the MEAO as the
JTF633 Theatre Chaplain, which has been a steep learning curve and
very rewarding at the same time.
WELCOME BACK: CPOMT Arthur
Mitcherson at HMAS Waterhen wharf.
Photo: ABIS Hayley Clarke
2010 Sydney Military
MEMBERS of the Navy/Army Band will step
off on the nights of February 4-7 next year
as a part of the more than 1500 musicians
and other entertainers coming from around
the world for the 2010 Sydney Military
The star-studded spectacular will be
held at the Sydney Football Stadium and
members will be part of a special ADF
Band formed for the event.
For further information, including cost
of tickets and packages, log on to www.
NAVY families holidaying on the NSW
South Coast over the New Year break will
have the chance to witness one of the
toughest surf boat challenges in Australia.
In 1797, CMDR George Bass charted
the coast from Sydney to Westernport in an
old whale boat. He and his crew of just six
made the trip in less than two months.
Today, the George Bass Surfboat race
brings together male and female crews
from around the country.
STS Young Endeavour will also be there
during the final days in a show of support
for Navy's involvement in the event.
The event begins in Batemans Bay on
January 3, 2010 and finishes seven days
later in Eden.
Images, video and articles on the event
will be placed on www.defencejobs.gov.
au daily. The site can also be accessed at
George Bass Surfboat
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