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S THE Centenary of
Anzac continues, it is
important for Defence
to look forward as well
as backwards, according to CDF
ACM Mark Binskin.
“We’re in the centenary of
Anzac; it’s a heritage that’s been
built on by men and women over the
past 100 years and it’s heritage that
is well respected around the world,”
ACM Binskin said.
“It’s not lost on me the sacrifices
people have made over the years or
the expectations of government and
Australian people in how we per-
form and conduct ourselves today.
“We should never forget our
heritage but when we look into the
future there are great things com-
The CDF was excited to see Air
Force’s new F-35s starting to be
delivered, as well as P-8A Poseidons
He was also looking forward
to Navy’s Hobart-class air warfare
destroyers becoming operational in
the next year or two.
“Navy will also have new replen-
ishment vessels, along with new off-
shore patrol vessels, new frigates
and new submarines,” the CDF said.
“Army has new Land 400 vehi-
cles coming and a range of systems
to support the soldiers out on the
In December and January, ACM
Binskin visited personnel in the
Middle East and was pleased with
the work our deployed personnel
“I flew a KC-30 mission in sup-
port of the Mosul operation and got
a chance to talk to technicians and
aircrew,” he said.
“They understand the importance
of their mission and they’re very
proud of what they’re doing.
“In Taji our people were gearing
up to train about 2000 federal police,
and our people are directly seeing
the results of what we’re doing.
“A number of units that have
trained with Task Group Taji have
come back through Taji and they
have developed special relationships
with the Australian trainers.”
The CDF said our conditions
on operations compared favourably
with other nations, saying “in many
areas we lead”.
He was always keen to ensure a
high standard of services and sup-
port for ADF members.
“While we always look to
improve how we support people, we
are pretty well up with other nations
on how we look after our people and
“I’ve visited Defence Housing
Australia a number of times to look
at their performance and make sure
they keep providing world-class
housing that’s also affordable, espe-
cially for those who live in places
like Sydney,” he said.
“Our health programs are well
established, but there are always
areas that can be improved and we
take feedback on those. The mental
health initiatives we have coming
down the track are important and
should make a difference for our
people in the future.
ACM Binskin expected a
new workplace remuneration
arrangement would be in place in
“I’ll be discussing this with gov-
ernment early this year and we’ll
get information out to people as that
process develops,” he said.
He reinforced his commitment
to the Prime Minister’s recent ini-
tiative on veterans’ employment, and
to improve the transition for people
who wanted to discharge from the
“We want to make sure they’re
getting all the support they need,”
he said. “If they do have medical
requirements, that information needs
to be transferred properly to DVA.”
Throughout 2017 the CDF will
implement the new Headquarters,
Australian Defence Force as a result
of the First Principles Review and
continue to progress cultural reform.
“Pathway to Change is coming
up to the five year mark. We’ve been
getting good feedback on where we,
as an organisation, need to take our
cultural reform in the future,” he
Next edition: CA
and RSM-A outline
their priorities for
CDF ACM Mark Binskin has recently returned from a visit
to the MER and took time out to talk to Cpl Max Bree
about his priorities.
CDF ACM Mark Binskin
chats with Cpl Brian
Thomas, of 9FSB, during
his visit to Australia’s
main operating base in the
Middle East region.
Photo: SGT Ricky Fuller
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