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A LEADING seaman marine technician has received
a Navy Top 100 award for exemplary performance
in his duties and for saving the life of a drowning
LSMT Trevor Simmons, a propulsion and sys-
tems maintainer, received the Navy Top 100 award
from CMDR Todd Willson at HMAS Kuttabul on
LSMT Simmons rescued a drowning man off a
Cambodian beach last year.
"I was enjoying a swim when I saw this young
guy thrashing around in the water," he said.
"I grabbed him and swam through coral that lac-
erated our legs before we reached the shore.
"He wasn't breathing so I performed some chest
compressions which brought him back to life."
LSMT Simmons said he was surprised to be
named as one of the Navy Top 100.
"I was totally surprised and yet really happy to see
that you do get recognition for working hard," he said.
CN VADM Ray Griggs praised LSMT Simmons
for his "outstanding and exemplary performance, in
accordance with Navy signature behaviours".
"Your enthusiasm to deliver a consistently high
standard of training to the junior engineers who cross
the ship's gangway, has supported and enhanced
Navy's reputation and continues to breathe life in to
our signature behaviour of 'being the best I can',"
Three other sailors, PO Luke Brewer, LS Catherine
Wainwright and LS Rebecca Bell, also received their
Navy Top 100 awards from CMDR Willson during a
CO's morning tea at HMAS Kuttabul.
DEFENCE will conduct a
three-month trial of a whole
of relocation cost model
(WORC) from July 30.
The model will evaluate
cost savings and determine
any consequences from hav-
ing a removal occur on any
one day within a nominated
week rather than on a speci-
fied day within that week.
All ADF members con-
ducting a removal from a
Queensland locality, regard-
less of the post-in location,
who submit their application
for relocation between July 30
and October 31 will be includ-
ed in the trial, irrespective of
the preferred uplift date.
The WORC offers the
potential for significant sav-
ings in relocation costs for
Defence, and this trial will
provide the information
required to make a decision
on full implementation.
The WORC is based on
taking advantages of cost dif-
ferences in services supplied
over different days of the
For example, midweek
hotel rates are generally less
than on a weekend.
The WORC will trial
sourcing quotes for ser-
vices within a date range as
opposed to a specific date,
and so will enable considera-
tion of the whole cost of the
removal, including things
such as removal, accommoda-
tion, f lights and allowances.
The day of removal will
be the day of the week which
provides the most cost-
effective combination of costs,
unless operational considera-
tions dictate otherwise. The
process does not vary existing
conditions of service.
Further information on the changes
is available through the divisional
system for affected units, or on the
Navy Top 100 awards
NAVY'S leadership and development
workshops are expanding, meaning more
personnel are gaining access to valuable
leadership development training.
According to workshop facilitator
LEUT Bridget Welch, of Directorate for
Navy Leadership and Ethics, the work-
shops are vital in helping Navy leaders be
the best they can.
"It's not a direct leadership course where
we're teaching people how to be leaders, as
we have done in the past," she said.
"Instead, we're raising awareness of
people's behaviours and how they interact
The workshops were originally intend-
ed for Navy senior officers and senior sail-
ors, however, high-performing lieutenants
and petty officers are now being given the
opportunity to take part.
Workshop facilitator CMDR Gary
Brown has observed the value of including
more junior personnel.
"We now provide these workshops to
such a good spread of ranks and I think the
juniors really benefit from interacting with
the more senior personnel and seeing how
they operate," CMDR Brown said.
"Conscientious and accountable leader-
ship is everyone's responsibility, regardless
of rank and communicating this to our jun-
ior Navy personnel is an important step on
the road to cultural change.
"We are now approaching leadership
and the NGN signature behaviours at every
level, which is really important."
CMDR Gary Brown
through the leadership
circumplex at Defence
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
across all levels
WITH PRIDE: CO HMAS Kuttabul CMDR Todd Willson presents LSMT Trevor Simmons with his Top
100 award at the CO's morning tea at HMAS Kuttabul.
Photo: ABIS Richard Cordell
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