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Flt-Lt Jessica Aldred
SALVATION Army officer Maj
Nigel Roden has achieved a mile-
stone for philanthropic officers in
the Middle East by deploying into a
war-like zone in Afghanistan.
The history of “Sallymen” has seen
them support the ADF both in Australia
and overseas for more than 100 years,
including deployments to Palestine,
Libya, Papua New Guinea, Borneo,
Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Somalia,
Timor-Leste and Solomon Islands.
Maj Roden’s Afghanistan visit
can be added to the rich history of
Sallymen on operations.
Normally based at Lavarack
Barracks in Townsville, Maj Roden
said the opportunity to travel to
Afghanistan to support soldiers
deployed on Operation Highroad was
an experience he would never forget.
“For me as a Sallyman, it’s at the
core of what we do,” he said.
“It’s part of our esprit de corps.
What I do is both visible and invisible
it’s about just being present wherever
the troops are.
“So when the opportunity to visit
Afghanistan came up, I was ready.”
In Afghanistan, Maj Roden visit-
ed ADF members deployed to Hamid
Karzai International Airport and Camp
Qargha, where Australian soldiers
work as mentors and in force protec-
tion at the Afghan National Army
Officer Academy (ANAOA).
He said the visit gave him a greater
insight into the operational environ-
“One day when I’m back in
Australia and someone speaks to me
about their time in Afghanistan, I will
know what they are talking about,” he
“Visiting ANAOA to see the work
of ADF mentors and guardian angels
was amazing. I was able to see the
training first-hand at the range and in
“It was great to see the work of our
ADF members and the impact they are
having in Afghanistan.”
One change from historic Sallymen
deployments was the absence of the
Salvation Army’s traditional green
Maj Roden said it encouraged him
to find other ways to “advertise” his
morale and welfare services.
“Without the truck, I needed to find
other ways to show people I was there
to help,” he said.
“I used iceblocks and the ‘Coffee
Pot’ nickname to attract attention.”
He said his experience would help
him provide better support to ADF
members both deployed and at home.
Boosting morale on ops
Sallyman deploys to Afghanistan, minus the green truck
Salvation Army officer Maj Nigel Roden keeps
morale high as he meets with troops and hands
out iceblocks during a visit to Kabul, Afghanistan.
Photo: Sgt Ricky Fuller
COMD Forcomd recently initiated
an activity designed to revitalise
equipment preservation by improv-
ing the effectiveness of operator
maintenance for land materiel.
This activity has two components:
first, removing non-technical inspec-
tion (NTI) requirements from assessed
low risk fleets and, second, conduct-
ing a 12-month trial on medium risk
Maj-Gen Gus McLachlan said
the intention of the activity was not
to remove governance, but rather to
revitalise the operator maintenance
culture through the reinforcement of
pre-use equipment checks.
“Forcomd’s priority is to ensure
we are fit to fight with well main-
tained equipment and sound govern-
ance,” he said.
Reducing NTI requirements on
these equipment fleets will place the
safety focus for monitoring of this
equipment firmly back on the operator
and the chain of command.
Army HQ assessed more than
100 individual equipment fleets as
being low to medium risk to techni-
cal integrity if the NTI requirements
were removed. Low risk fleets were
identified as having in-built start-up
tests, in-use monitoring systems, or
comprehensive operator checks that
duplicate or exceed the requirements
of the periodic NTI. As soon as a fault
is detected, the operator is to rectify
the fault or apply a suspected fault tag
to the equipment and raise a mainte-
nance request (EMEFIX).
Regulation – Army Col Damien
McLachlan said Army was currently
facing too many competing demands
where the amount of equipment
provided to soldiers or supporting
platforms was increasing, while the
internal monitoring systems available
were far more accurate in identifying
and diagnosing faults.
“In the case of our new vehicle
fleets, if transport sections were to
conduct a monthly training convoy
that included first parade checks, a
short halt, last parade checks, a test of
communication systems, convoy pro-
cedures and at least 40 minutes driv-
ing, there will be far greater improve-
ments compared to what we see with
current procedures,” he said.
“First, operators will become more
competent with the operation of the
vehicle system. Second, the internal
vehicle systems will be able to iden-
tify and diagnose any faults, as well as
ensure batteries are charged, internal
components are correctly lubricated,
and supporting sub-systems are func-
tioning correctly. A comprehensive
NTI will not achieve this.”
The changes to NTI requirements
will begin in Forcomd this month for
the medium risk fleets, with a number
of regular and reserve formations par-
ticipating in the trial, and the remain-
der of the command designated as the
reviews will be conducted to monitor
technical integrity risks as the reform
activity progresses, followed by a
technical review at the conclusion of
the trial to validate the results. If this
is successful, the changes will roll out
to the remainder of the Army.
SO1 Technical Management, HQ
Forcomd and Lead Planner Equipment
Preservation Reform Lt-Col Paul
Nelson said the successful completion
of the trial would allow Army to iden-
tify other fleets that could have NTI
“We need to place equipment back
in the hands of competent operators
and reduce duplication and unneces-
sary processes that could be damaging
our equipment,” he said.
NTI trial to improve
“When I head back, my slouchie
will represent my journey,” he said.
“Under my hat, I’ve got new sto-
ries to share – I have taken it with me
everywhere on this trip.
“I truly appreciate the work done
by ADF members and the Sallymen
before me to facilitate such an incred-
ible mission and opportunity.”
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