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April 25, 2013
DEPUTY Commander Joint
Operations RADM Stephen Gilmore
presented Force Support Unit 7
with a Work Health and Safety
Commendation for leadership in
injury and illness prevention on
March 15 during a tour of FSU 7.
RADM Gilmore received the
award on behalf of FSU in early
March at the WHS awards ceremony
in Canberra and said he was proud
of the unit’s efforts.
“I am pleased with this recog-
nition as it is the first time such
an award has been presented to a
deployed element,” he said.
“WHS and force preservation is
just as important while on opera-
tions and that unnecessary risks in
the workplace should not be taken
just because personnel are no longer
All FSU 7 members began their
training at different levels of fitness
and weapons-handling skills.
To have the platform set for
deployment injury and illness pre-
vention, the challenge for the unit
was to integrate these people and
ensure every individual was up to
the same high standard of prepara-
tion for deployment.
FSU 7 is a triservice unit of sail-
ors, soldiers and airmen from over
40 units around Australia.
FSU 7 deployed in September
2012 and provides logistic support,
base maintenance and theatre induc-
tion training for ADF personnel in
ABATA Benjamin Duffy, of 723SQN,
has been awarded the TAFE NSW
Riverina Institute Aviation and
Aerospace Excellence Award.
The training awards are conducted
annually to recognise outstanding
achievement in the vocational education
and training sector.
AB Duffy said the Certificate 4 in
Aeroskills course was interesting but
“I’d have to say the hardest part of
the course was the transistor theory sub-
jects, which dealt with analogue funda-
mentals,” he said.
“Because all this information was
totally new to me, I found a lot of the
concepts difficult to get hold of but
thankfully I had very good instructors.”
The NSW TAFE Riverina Institute
National Aerospace Centre of
Excellence is located at RAAF Base
Wagga and provides training in aero-
space and avionics to Navy personnel
wishing to pursue careers as avionic
On completion of the course, gradu-
ates are posted to HMAS Albatross to
gain experience on a specific aircraft
type and complete a trade journal, which
is a mandatory requirement of their
As for career goals, the next thing
on AB Duffy’s list is getting through
his competency journal. “It’s a big part
of getting through our trade,” he said.
“After that, anything’s possible.”
Leading way in
WHS AWARD: Navy members of Force
Support Unit 7 talk with RADM Stephen
Gilmore at Al Minhad Air Base after the
awarding of the WHS Commendation
(inset) to XO FSU 7 SQNLDR Kevin Hall.
Photos: SGT William Guthrie
Excellent job rewarded
ON TRACK: ABATA Benjamin Duffy works on his competency
journal after receiving a Riverina Institute Excellence Award.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
LEUT Andrew Ragless
THREE Top End high school students
are about to embark on a once in a life-
time journey visiting WWI and WWII
sites in France and Belgium to represent
the Northern Territory at the Anzac Day
Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux.
Years 9 and 10 students Tamara West,
Shannon Hunt and Lauren Northcote
will be joined by teacher Toni Smid, of
Dripstone Middle School, and Defence
representative LEUT Karina Galliford in
the 10-day Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit
In a presentation at the Northern
Territory Parliament Library, the stu-
dents and chaperones met with NT Chief
Minister Adam Giles to receive their tour
packs and winter jackets.
Mr Giles said the tour was a once in a
lifetime opportunity to honour an impor-
tant part of Australia’s history.
“These awards aim at helping keep
the Anzac spirit alive, of showing con-
tinued support for the ADF and pride
in the Anzacs who went before them,”
he said. The tour is funded by the NT
Government and supported by HQ
Northern Command and the RSL (NT),
who helped select the winners.
Students from across the Territory
were asked to submit an entry in any for-
mat that addressed the question: “What
inspiration does the legend of the Anzac
provide for youth in the 21st Century?”
Staff Officer Safety and Capability at
the Patrol Boat Group, LEUT Galliford,
said it was an honour to be chosen to
accompany the students and represent
serving ADF members.
“More than 3000 ADF members
are deployed on operations around the
world, including up to 500 ADF mem-
bers in the Territory who work very hard
conducting domestic maritime security
tasks 365 days a year,” she said.
“This will be a wonderful opportu-
nity to learn about the courage and mate-
ship that was forged in the Anzac legend
and help foster and encourage some of
values that we hold in very high regard
in Defence today.”
Lucky students embark on
trip to Belgium and France
TOUR OF DUTY: Defence attaché LEUT Karina Galliford, Lauren Northcote,
NT Chief Minister Adam Giles, Tamara West and Shannon Hunt pose for a
photo before the study tour.
Photo: LSIS Helen Frank
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