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Army October 1, 2009
Commended for service
Lt-Col Graeme Mickelberg for out-
standing achievement in sustained support
of the annual Exercise Wallaby series by the
Singapore Armed Forces at Shoalwater Bay
Lt-Col Tara Bucknall for outstanding
service as the project lead for the imple-
mentation of the ARes Graded Officer Pay
Lt-Col Bruce Davies for exemplary ini-
tiative, energy and dedication to duty during
his appointment as the Director of Reserves
Lt-Col Katherine Sowry for exemplary
commitment to service as a member of
Army's Personnel Operations Team, AHQ.
Lt-Col Philip McMaster for exemplary
performance in producing the Directorate
of Officer Career Management -- Army
Personnel Appraisal Report and Personnel
Advisory Committee training package.
Maj Ian Anfruns for exemplary perform-
ance of duty as SI, Army School of Logistics
Maj Jasmin Shortt for exemplary
performance in the development of a
Conditions of Service package for Army
personnel, as the SO2 -- Personnel Policy,
Maj David Stables for exemplary per-
formance in the execution of his duties as
SI, Maritime Wing Army School of Transport.
Capt Sara Molloy for outstanding
achievement as the acting OC Clinical Spt
Coy and as the OIC, 1HSB Victorian bush-
fire relief effort.
Capt Meegan Olding for superior
achievement and dedication to duty as SO3
Non-Regional Ops and SO3 Ops/Trg LHQ.
Maj David Poole for outstanding service
as the Ops Offr, Army Aviation Training
Capt Craig Dempsey for outstanding
service as an engineering officer in the Land
Vehicle Systems Program Office at DMO.
Lt Katie Chapman for her outstanding
performance and dedication to duty as the
Wksp Tp Comd, 1CER.
WO1 Timothy Astles for exemplary
leadership, professionalism and diligence
in responding to direction to lead an audit
team to identify and remediate issues
impacting on soldiers from a recent DFRT
WO1 Narelle Scott for exemplary lead-
ership, professionalism and diligence in
responding to direction to develop a cogent
plan and then implement a pay audit of
Army personnel whose pay was affected by
a recent DFRT determination.
WO2 Dennis Barlow for exemplary
performance in the execution of his duties
as the WSM Combat Command Wing and
Tactics Wing, School of Armour.
WO2 Socrates Lekatis for outstanding
service as the Regimental Trg WO, 2/14
WO2 Darren Vallely for outstanding
service as the CSM, A Coy, 8/9RAR.
Sgt Christopher Smith for superior
achievement and devotion in application of
skills and dedication to duty while employed
as the Tp Commander and Tp Sgt, Ken Clift
Tp, at the Defence School of Signals.
By WO2 Graham McBean
THE first volume of the Focus
series on land operations was
launched by CA Lt-Gen Ken
Gillespie on September 14 at the
Australian War Memorial.
Focus on Human Performance in
Land Operations extracts the lessons
of military history to assist in translat-
ing modern science and research into
the human aspects of performance on
The 26 contributors deal with the
three dimensions of psychological
readiness, the human aspects of com-
mand and, lastly, force preservation.
Director Defence Force
Psychology and editor Col Peter
Murphy said the series sought to
improve awareness and understand-
ing for soldiers and commanders of
how to improve human performance
across the deployment cycle.
Col Murphy said the aim was to
avoid "a dry scientific publication"
and to examine both current opera-
tions and Australian military history
to showcase how the lessons learnt
could be applied.
"My advice to contributors was to
make it very readable and to inject our
own military history to demonstrate
the enduring and pragmatic nature of
what we are trying to get across, so
that the publication is engaging and
hopefully the information is relevant
and something that they can apply
while they are on operations or pre-
paring for operations," he said.
The series is sponsored by the
A novel focus
Commander Joint Health and two
further volumes are already in the
Launching the publication, Lt-
Gen Gillespie said the papers pre-
sented were practical, soldier-cen-
tred and reader friendly.
The CA said the Army's capa-
bility, safety and effectiveness on
operations was underpinned by the
performance of its people.
He said the publication would
help raise awareness of the human
factors that drove, and in some
cases prevented, optimum perform-
ance in soldiers and Army systems.
"As I have said before, our peo-
ple are not just a fundamental input
to capability -- they are our capabil-
ity," Lt-Gen Gillespie said.
Copies of the book will be dis-
tributed to all units by DPsych.
Booked: Col Peter Murphy presents the new book to the Australian
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
Musical: The RAA Band Brisbane, led by Bandmaster WO1 Steve Bull,
entertained the audience at Brisbane City Hall.
Photo by Cpl Andrew Brooks
Grand show for charity
By WO1 John Franklin
THE Royal Australian Artillery Band --
Brisbane played at Brisbane City Hall
on August 9 for the Royal Queensland
Bush Children's Health Scheme (Bush
Bush Kids is supported by 7 Bde's
1 Fd Regt and CO Lt-Col Stuart Kenny
praised the band for their efforts.
"I commend the band for their sup-
port to Bush Kids, a charity that makes a
significant difference to the lives of rural
Queensland children and their families,"
Lt-Col Kenny said.
It was a major fundraising perform-
ance for 2009 and included acclaimed
Australian singer/songwriter Peter
Cupples as guest artist alongside Army
Diva Musn Fiona Wilkins.
Bandmaster WO1 Steve Bull said per-
forming in City Hall was a fine opportu-
nity to showcase the band's versatility
while supporting the Bush Kids.
"Peter Cupples as guest artist and
Nine News presenter Andrew Lofthouse
as compere greatly enhanced our per-
formance," WO1 Bull said.
Lt-Col Kenny said the performance
also was a tribute to one of the band's
long serving members, Musn Ray de
Vaurno, whose unexpected death days
before the concert was a shock to all
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