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June 9, 2011
Health alert at air base
MILITARY and civilian personnel who received
minor surgery at Al Minhad Air Base between
February 2009 and August 2010 are requested
to contact their medical facility or general prac-
titioner. An assessment of equipment records
found that the administration of a steriliser used
at the air base was not carried out in accordance
with Australian standards. As such there was
no guarantee that some instruments within the
Health Facility were sterilised effectively. Chief of
Joint Operations Command LTGEN Ash Power
said further investigation into the procedural error
had been completed and steps had been taken to
rectify the procedural errors in management. "My
key concern now is to ensure that any Defence
personnel, contractors and civilians who had a
minor surgical procedure at the facility have peace
of mind," LTGEN Power said.
By SGT Brian Hartigan
TRAINEE signallers from
all three Services will ben-
efit from a state-of-the-art train-
ing facility with the opening of
the new Defence Force School
of Signals (DFSS) building on
After a long construction effort,
the new training centre was official-
ly opened by Defence Parliamentary
Secretary David Feeney during a
parade at Simpson Barracks.
"This new three-storey building
will provide a state-of-the-art train-
ing facility for more than 500 sailors,
soldiers and airmen each year as they
train in communications, information
systems and electronic-warfare spe-
cialisations," Senator Feeney said.
"Students who graduate from here
will go on to use their skills in support
of global ADF operations across the
The DFSS was established in 2002
with the amalgamation of disparate sin-
gle-service schools, and came together
at the former Army signals training unit
at Simpson Barracks.
The first sod was officially turned
on the more-than $100 million new
facility in November 2008.
Commanding Officer DFSS
LTCOL Chris Rule said he was proud
of the new facility.
"It provides my staff and trainees
with a modern, technology-enabled
environment that will give our young
sailors, soldiers and airmen the very
Signal boost for ADF
ON PARADE: Trainees and staff at the Defence Force
School of Signals march on to the parade ground to
officially open their new facility while, inset, Defence
Parliamentary Secretary Senator David Feeney inspects
Photos: David Grant provided by John Brown Photography Services
best start in their military careers,"
LTCOL Rule said.
DFSS's new home includes living-
in accommodation for students, office
accommodation, a lecture theatre and
classified training classrooms with
capacity to employ a diverse range of
skilled consultants and contractors.
A detached training wing at HMAS
Cerberus is expected to move to the
new facility next year.
Birdie WRANs reunion
CURRENT and former female birdies are invited
to a reunion dinner being held on October 28 at
the Bomaderry RSL in NSW at 6.30pm. A lunch
will also be held on October 29 and is open to
all birdie WRANs, their families, friends and col-
leagues. For more information visit https://sites.
Facebook, search for 'Female (WRAN) Birdie
Reunion', or email birdiewransreunion@gmail.
Correcting the record
ON PAGE 14 of the May 26 edition of Navy News
(and page 5 of the May 12 edition), it was incor-
rectly reported that recently deceased WWI and
WWII veteran sailor Claude Choules was a CPO
Torpedo and Anti-Submarine Instructor (TASI)
during the late 1920s and '30s. In fact he was
a CPO Torpedo Instructor -- CPO TASI did not
become a qualification until 1953. Navy News
thanks the Naval Historical Society of Australia
and the Sea Power Centre for correcting this error.
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