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Army November 26, 2009
AN RAAMC member received a
standing ovation in Texas when
he arrived at a medical centre
to donate blood after the deaths
of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood in a
shooting rampage. Lt-Col Shaun
Fletcher, who is on exchange
at Fort Sam Houston in San
Antonio, Texas, has made a
habit of donating blood while
serving at the American Army
Medical Department Centre and
School. He is midway through an
exchange posting, developing
future health doctrine and medical
capability for the US Army.
SOLDIERS are reminded
nominations for the CA's "I'm an
Australian Soldier" Scholarship
for next year close on November
30. Ranks up to corporal can
apply for the three scholarships
either individually or through their
units. Recipients will travel to
Turkey in April on a study tour of
the Gallipoli campaign. Further
information can be found at www.
army.gov.au. Nominations and
queries can be emailed to AHQ.
THE Tobruk Barracks Officers
Mess at Puckapunyal and the
Seymour Technical High School
have established an annual $1000
scholarship. The scholarship will
recognise students who have
demonstrated leadership potential
and a commitment to school or
community service. Each year, two
recipients will receive $500 at the
completion of Years 10 and 11. Col
Rowan Martin said the initiative
"is a practical way for the mess
membership to support and com-
memorate the links between the
Puckapunyal Military Area and the
Face of Army
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Stand fast: Pte Michael Palm during
a Remembrance Day ceremony in
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
By WO2 Graham McBean
AUSTRALIAN soldiers took part in a
joint operation on November 10 to arrest
a man wanted in relation to the murder of
four people in Solomon Islands.
Operation Falcon involved the Royal
Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF),
Participating Police Force (PPF) and
CTF 635 members.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at about
1.10am in the Red Beach area, 8.5km from
the PPF/CTF 635 main base near Honiara.
The suspect was allegedly part of a group
of men responsible for the murder of a 50-
year-old woman and three children, two aged
12 and one aged 5.
In November 2001, the alleged offender
took part in firing semi-automatic weapons
at a utility vehicle carrying a large number
of people, including the woman and chil-
dren, travelling to Ngorou clinic.
An RSIPF statement said the arrested
man was also a suspect in relation to the
attempted murder of another 15 people
wounded during the attack. The statement
said the other men were in custody, awaiting
trial for the incident.
An Australian platoon from Rotation 19
of Operation Anode, including attachments
from the Tongan Defence Services, provided
support to the operation as police arrested
Platoon commander Lt Chris McGlashan
said the military was involved early in plan-
ning, which marked a progressive increase in
co-operation with the RSIPF and PPF over a
number of rotations.
"The police are increasingly taking on
board a lot of the military appreciation proc-
ess into their planning and it is making inter-
operability much more than just a term," Lt
"It allows us to have better situational
awareness of what is going on so we can
actually provide support that is well planned
and well executed."
The suspect was remanded in custody at
Role in murder hunt
Standing orders: Lt Chris McGlashan gives final instructions to support the police in the arrest of
a suspected murderer in Solomon Islands.
Photo by WO2 Graham McBean
By Leila Daniels
ALL members will have increased
workplace choice and flexibility in
balancing their work and family life
under a new action plan.
The CDF Action Plan for the
Recruitment and Retention of Women
will introduce measures to increase the
options within, and attractiveness of, an
Defence Personnel, Materiel and
Science Minister Greg Combet said the
ADF wanted to be more representative
of the community it served.
"While much has been done to
improve the recruitment and participa-
tion rates of women, there is more to
do," Mr Combet said.
"The action plan is a significant
initiative that gives a sharper focus to
the vital contribution women make in
the ADF and the contribution we want
them to make in the future."
The plan targets six areas: enlist-
ment, workplace flexibility, career man-
agement, accountability, mentoring and
Initiatives include the ability to
purchase up to four weeks' additional
annual leave, the right to work part-time
after maternity or adoption leave, flex-
ible leave arrangements and increased
opportunities for job sharing.
ACM Houston said he wanted to see
more women participating across the
"The action plan is designed to cre-
ate a more flexible workplace for all
members and employees, and that starts
with a flexible mindset," he said.
"Defence wants to be recognised as
an employer that values its members
and provides them with conditions of
service that support, enable and encour-
age their personal circumstances."
Plan has flex appeal
The plan combines the recom-
mendations made by the Chief of the
Defence Force Reference Group on
Women and the findings of ministerial
round-table meetings held last year.
"Initiating change in a complex
organisation like Defence will be chal-
lenging but I have made it clear to
my senior leadership team that they
must bring their people with them to
embrace, champion and implement
the cultural change program," ACM
Sgt Kimberly Kiely, ALTC, said her
work required her to be away from home
for long periods but "Army has, when
I require, given me the opportunity to
spend time with my family. As a result,
I have been able to maintain a stable and
happy family life while serving."
Col Georgeina Whelan, Command
Health Officer, said she had found a
work arrangement that allowed her
to get more involved in the activities
of her four school-age children. This
included two late starts and two early
finishes over a 10-day cycle, as well
as extended PT time in winter to coach
her daughter's netball team.
For further information about the action
plan visit http://www.defence.gov.au/fr/RR/
Talking point: Col Georgeina Whelan, Leut-Cmdr Elizabeth Mulder, Sgt Kimberley Kiely, WOFF Kellie Wood, AB
Sally Reiffel and Sqn-Ldr Amanda Robinson at the launch at Parliament House of the CDF Action Plan for the
Recruitment and Retention of Women.
Photo by Bryan Doherty
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