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By LAC Aaron Curran
A NAVAL warfare officer and test and
evaluation (T&E) specialist with nearly
40 years operational and command
experience put another notch in his CV
when he was awarded a Diploma in
Public Safety (T&E) recently.
LCDR Trevor Gibson, an Operational
Test Director (OTD) for the RAN's Test
and Evaluation Acceptance Authority
(RANTEAA), was handed his diploma
along with four Air Force and Army
counterparts in a ceremony at Russell
WGCDR Keith Joiner of the ADF
T&E office presented the diplomas along
with Jim Whalley from Nova Systems
who assessed the new T&E competen-
cies.LCDR Gibson is the OTD for a
number of major projects including the
FFG upgrade, Air Warfare Destroyer,
Amphibious Assault Ships and the
Anzac Class Anti Ship Missile Defence
He, through the director of
RANTEAA, CAPT Mark Kellam, pro-
vides the Chief of Navy (and Chief of
Army in the case of the LHD Project)
with reliable and independent advice
on new capability for initial operation-
al release and operational release and,
through OT&E, defines the operational
capability of the systems being tested.
WGCDR Joiner said the ADF had
always placed a high priority on thor-
ough T&E of its equipment and capabili-
ties to ensure they were effective against
the enemy and safe for the personnel
who use them.
"That commitment includes provid-
ing qualified and experienced test staff
in a variety of T&E agencies throughout
Defence," he said.
"Until recently there were only dedi-
cated T&E qualifications for specialist
courses like flight test engineering or
masters in systems engineering (T&E),
usually conducted only for a few indi-
viduals and usually overseas."
He said for many general personnel
serving in ADF T&E agencies, or run-
ning important acquisition test programs
in the Defence Materiel Organisation
or Defence industry, there were no for-
mal competencies to recognise what they
achieved in the field.
In early 2010, NOVA successfully
amended its scope as a registered train-
ing organisation (RTO) to assess the new
Some 43 personnel volunteered to
the ADF T&E office and NOVA to be
assessed for recognition of prior learning
(RPL) and these were the first five to go
through the process.
"I encourage all existing T&E pro-
fessionals to seek RPL for their cur-
rent T&E competency and for all future
T&E professionals to gain the qualifica-
tion with an RTO as soon as practical
after they do their first T&E courses,"
WGCDR Joiner said.
CAREER MILESTONE: LCDR Trevor Gibson proudly displays his diploma.
Pictured (L-R) in the background are WGCDR Keith Joiner, SQNLDR
Bill Nguyen, LTCOL Chris West, COL Greg Downing, WGCMDR Brady
Cummins and Jim Whalley.
Photo: LAC Aaron Curran
By ABCIS Melanie Schinkel
TWELVE TS Perth (SBLT Brad
Barrett) cadets recently discovered
that partaking in a six-day, 600km
cycling relay from Mundaring to
Kalgoorlie was a great way to
experience the Western Australian
During the arduous journey, the
Fremantle-based cadets, ranging
from 13 to 18 years of age, cycled at
an average speed of 20km per hour
and covered about 200km per day
to raise awareness and funds for the
Telethon Institute of Child Health
CO TS Perth, SBLT Brad
Barrett, said they were still wait-
ing to find out exactly how much
money they had raised for the char-
ity, but overall the relay was a com-
"I thought the cadets would find
the relay fun and it allowed them
to see some of the country -- many
of them had never spent that much
time away from home before, so it
was an exciting adventure," SBLT
The cadets began riding at 8am
each day and stopped in the eve-
nings to rest in accommodation.
"They rode in pairs for about an
hour before they were swapped with
another pair," SBLT Barrett said.
"All those recovering or waiting
for their next shift rode in the sup-
port vehicles to rest, eat and rehy-
Cadet AB Daniel Kicsak, 16,
said the best part of the relay was
the people he met along the way.
"I met some people who had
seen us riding on the road and they
WA cadets go extra
mile for charity
encouraged us to keep going," he
"One morning I was unfortu-
nate enough to get the first shift -- it
was windy, cold and almost entirely
uphill, but after riding a few kilome-
tres I was sitting in the bus stretch-
ing out my sore legs.
"The whole ride went pretty
smoothly and I came back to Perth
with a slightly darker tan."
Cadet SMN Teisha Benedetti,
13, said she participated in the relay
because it was for a good cause.
"I had never done anything like
this before, so it was a completely
new experience for me," she said.
"It was nice to know that I was
doing something to help people who
"Reaching Kalgoorlie was the
best part because it meant all the
effort we had put into riding had
finally paid off."
She said the relay gave her the
chance to challenge herself and
develop long-lasting friendships.
"I would definitely participate
in something like this again -- I
think the CO has something similar
planned for next year, so I will make
sure my name is first on the list to
GREAT EFFORT: Twelve cadets
from TS Perth recently rode in a
600km cycling relay from Mundaring
to Kalgoorlie, WA. Here, they stop
at the Mining Hall of Fame before
embarking on a tour. INSET: Cadet
Harlan Benedetti gives the charity
ride a 'thumbs up'.
Photos: SBLT Brad Barrett
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