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March 18, 2010
TRAINING across Navy and Defence
has started as part of the implementation
of a new logistics and asset management
system known as Military Integrated
Logistics Information System (MILIS).
MILIS is the upgrade of the current
SDSSv4 system to the Mincom Ellipse
Following approval in February by
Vice Chief of the Defence Force LTGEN
David Hurley, MILIS training began on
March 9 at more than 40 locations across
MILIS training has been developed
through the Directorate of Materiel
Systems Training (DMST) in a range of
formats and approaches aligned to user
This flexible approach allows training
delivery to cater for the needs of each
Service and the varying degree of change
inherent in the upgraded system and asso-
Training delivery methods will include
e-Learning, self-paced MILIS training,
and two types of classroom-based train-
ing (conversion training and full course
Navy users undertaking MILIS train-
ing are able to utilise a number of tools
and materials including the Electronic
Supply Chain Manual and the Sandpit.
The Sandpit is a replica of MILIS that
allows personnel to become familiar with
the system without impacting 'real' data.
The MILIS Sandpit can be accessed via
Practice makes perfect
the DMST intranet after the completion
Director of DMST Dianne Lovell
stressed that all users must first com-
plete the MILIS introduction course via
CAMPUS as this is a prerequisite for the
majority of MILIS courses.
All personnel required to transact in
MILIS need to achieve proficiency spe-
cific to the role/function they perform
-- SDSSv4 proficiencies are not transfer-
able to MILIS.
In line with the current proficiency
before access policy, personnel will not
be provided access to MILIS without
achieving MILIS proficiency.
Trainees are encouraged to use the
Sandpit and practice using MILIS to
maintain proficiency in the lead up to
For further information visit http://
Phone: (03) 9256 3043
To contact the MILIS Training
Administration Team, phone (03) 9256
3283 or email email@example.com
For Navy specific questions contact
NSC -- SO Systems -- LCDR Samantha Woods
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone
(02) 6265 6676
Voyager among remembered
By Graham Davis
RAN reservists played an integral part
in a recent church service to remem-
ber fallen Australian sailors, particu-
larly those who died 46 years ago in the
HMAS Voyager disaster.
The service was held at Brisbane's
St Mary's Anglican Church, Kangaroo
Point, on February 14.
Queensland Governor Penelope
Wensley and the CO of Navy
Headquarters -- South Queensland,
CMDR Geoff Fiedler, joined 120 others
for the memorial service.
Many Brisbane-based Navy reservists
participated in both the colour party and
the Queensland Detachment of the RAN
CPO Paul Cannard led the colour party
while CPO Andrew Stapleton conducted
During his sermon Rector Fr Redhead,
"remembered those who have died, now
helping us identify with the present and
Former sailor Tony Townsend laid a
wreath on behalf of parishioners.
The service was described as a mov-
ing experience and one of the most
poignant in recent years.
IN MEMORY: The colour party
leaves the church.
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MILIS training begins across Navy US medal for
one of our own
By Tammy Collie
ONE of the RAN's own has been
recognised by Australia's closest
ally with the awarding of a US
Bronze Star for service during
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CAPT Tony O'Malley was
awarded the Bronze Star for excep-
tionally meritorious service in a
combat zone with exposure to risk
of hostile action on February 23 in
Canberra. The award was present-
ed by a representative from the US
Embassy. The Chief of Navy, VADM
Russ Crane, AO, CSM, RAN was
"My reaction was, I think, fairly
typically Australian; I was slightly
embarrassed but also pleased and
proud to have represented Australia,"
CAPT O'Malley said.
CAPT O'Malley served as a plan-
ner, Future Operations, in the Multi-
National Corps Iraq, from December
3, 2008 to June 3, 2009.
It was an enjoyable challenge for
"Working in the headquarters that
was directing an 18-brigade force
in combat was both professionally
rewarding and personally exciting,"
"The sheer weight of combat
power brought to bear defies easy
description. These are full strength,
fully armed and armoured brigades,
complete with supporting ele-
ments. We're talking 150,000 men
and women, 10,000 mine resist-
ant armoured vehicles, thousands
of main battle tanks, regiments of
artillery and vast fixed and rotary
winged aviation elements -- it's truly
CAPT O'Malley enjoyed work-
ing with the US forces and spoke
of the ADF's excellent reputation
"I was among a small contingent
of Aussies working in the MNC-I as
embedded staff officers. Most of us
were working fully integrated with
the US Army Corps headquarters
and dispersed among that organisa-
"While we Aussies were some-
thing of a cultural curiosity, the US
forces were, for the most part, well
aware of our outstanding military
reputation and very welcoming. Our
proficiency as military planners was
widely acknowledged and our pres-
ence in the HQ positively influenced
the ADF's reputation as a fighting
force peopled by professional, com-
petent and dedicated warriors."
IMPRESSIVE: CAPT Tony
O'Malley shows off his Bronze
Star for Meritorious Service on
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Photo: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
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