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May 26, 2011
DEFENCE personnel will get
their chance to have a say on the
Strategic Reform Program (SRP)
when the Strategic Reform and
Governance Executive conducts
its third SRP Change Readiness
Survey between May 23 and
The confidential survey is intended
to assess the extent to which Defence
personnel are adopting the SRP's
culture of continuous improvement,
and are committing to cost-conscious
measures. This will help determine
how reform initiatives are planned
The survey will target the sen-
ior leadership group and a random
sample of Defence personnel across
Australia. Those selected personnel
will receive emails inviting their par-
ticipation, with an electronic link to
The second survey, conducted
in November 2010, received almost
5000 individual responses. It provided
a valuable and comprehensive look
into how Defence was managing
changes under the SRP.
The third survey will now build on
this to ensure it is effective and rep-
resentative of Defence as a whole. To
this end, it will also be administered
It is important that personnel in
regional and remote areas participate,
as it is a chance to express views on
the SRP and also to ensure that the
results are not centrally focused.
For more information, refer to Defgram
say on SRP
By SGT Andrew Hetherington
SAILORS don't only deploy in
ships, and CPOCD Paul Knight is
the perfect example.
CPOCD Knight is working at the
Combined Explosive Exploitation
Cell as an Australian embed in the
International Security Assistance Force
(ISAF) Headquarters at Regional
Command -- South.
"I take the evidence the explosive
ordnance disposal (EOD) personnel
bring to us from IED incident sites,
including IEDs and IED components,"
CPOCD Knight said.
"I then look at all the materiel,
checking it against the list provided
and make sure it's safe to be examined
"I remove any explosive and chem-
ical hazards and then X-ray and pho-
tograph all the evidence, re-bag it all
and write a report. It's then passed to
another section for further examina-
CPOCD Knight has been busy
since arriving in Kandahar in
February, working alongside ISAF col-
leagues from the US, Canada and the
"We are processing 100 cases or
events through the laboratory every
week. If we are examining a weapons
cache find we could be dealing with
up to 100 items in one case -- the most
we've dealt with was 172," CPOCD
He worked in a similar role during
2007-2008 in Baghdad, Iraq.
His Iraq and Afghanistan jobs have
been a little different to what he usu-
ally does in Australia.
"My posting in Australia is in a
staff position at HMAS Waterhen,
dealing with the procurement of new
mine warfare equipment for ships and
clearance divers," he said.
"You can't really compare the job
to what I'm doing here."
CPOCD Knight already has plans
to put his Afghanistan experience to
good use and pass it on to other per-
sonnel in Australia.
"In our branch at home we are
focused on the EOD side of explo-
sives, mainly because of events which
occur here in Afghanistan.
"I've seen the trends in types of
IEDs being made and I'll go back and
inform everyone what I've seen and
LANDLOCKED: CPOCD Paul Knight stands in the courtyard at ISAF
Regional Command -- South, Afghanistan. Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
all in a hard
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