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Army February 18, 2010
CAREER Management Army
(CMA) has introduced a new
online forum to enhance the
recruitment and retention of
women in Army.
The Army Women's Forum was
established to promote mentoring
and networking opportunities for all
women at all ranks.
Command Health Officer, Forces
Command, Col Georgeina Whelan
said the forum would enable person-
nel to further develop personal and
"The online forum will empow-
er women and men in the Army to
debate, argue and promote a wide
range of issues in our organisation
and, in doing so, will bring them to
the awareness of the Army Senior
Leadership Group," she said.
The forum provides appraisal
and previews from previous mentor-
The Army Women's online forum can
be found at http://intranet.defence.gov.
CMA is in the midst of planning the
2010 Army Women's Forum seminars,
to be held in Darwin, Melbourne and
regional Victoria, Holsworthy and
Canberra. For more information, fol-
low the updates on the Army Women's
Forum website or call CMA's Leadership
Development Manager, Ilona Dreghorn,
on (07) 3233 4215.
Forum empowers women
ing and networking seminars held
across Australia, including guidance
on the 2010 round of seminars and
information on supporting initiatives
such as the Self-paced Mentoring
Program and the Chief Executive
Women's Talent Development
CA Lt-Gen Ken Gillespie is a
strong proponent of the forum and
encourages all women and com-
manders in the Army to make use of
the new initiative.
"Women now have the oppor-
tunity to provide their opinion and
feedback to help shape and improve
employment and workplace condi-
tions intended to increase the female
participation rate within Army," Lt-
Gen Gillespie said.
"I also believe such feedback
will complement other employment
initiatives I have applied across the
"I fully support and acknowledge
the importance of personal and pro-
fessional growth through mentorship
The Commander CMA is also
encouraging senior leaders to get
involved in the forum so they can
positively promote the benefits
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
By Maj Ian Toohill
and Cpl Zenith King
FIVE soldiers represent-
ing the ADF watched as
released 173 butterflies on
the first anniversary of the
Black Saturday fires in a
moving tribute to the lives
lost.Memorial services were
held across Victoria on
February 7 to remember the
173 people who died as fires
tore through the state last
members thanked emergency
service and ADF representa-
tives, recognising the tremen-
dous contribution they made
to the relief effort.
CO 4CER Lt-Col Craig
Madden, who was heavily
involved in the relief effort,
spoke at the commemorative
service and reflected on the
event and its aftermath.
Lt-Col Madden felt privi-
leged to have been invited to
speak at the event.
"It brought back many
memories for me and my staff
of the amazing resilience of
these wonderful people that
we were able to help in their
time of great need," Lt-Col
"Today we have been hum-
bled by the warm welcome
we have received, the hand
shakes and words of thanks.
It has been very affirming to
chat to residents who remem-
bered us from our time here.
"Now we need to concen-
trate on the future and where
the community moves to from
The Defence members
who attended the event were
based at Kinglake Command
Centre during Op Vic Fires
Chief clerk 4CER WO2
Paul Templer was pleased to
be reunited with Faye Mills
and her dog Coco. He was
glad Coco had recovered from
burns to a paw.
"I don't think the dog
remembered me but it was
great to chat to Faye and give
Coco a pat," WO2 Templer
More than 1000 people
attended the service held on
the Kinglake oval, an area
of special significance to the
locals as many of them had
sought refuge there on Black
Community members pro-
vided an honour guard for
emergency service personnel,
volunteers and the ADF who
later formed the words "thank
you" on the oval.
Paw-fect reunion: WO2 Paul Templer says hello to Coco who has made a full recovery after burning his paw in the Black
Saturday fires while Lt-Col Craig Madden, CO 4CER, reunites with Lachlan Garrett and Faye Mills who he met during Op Fires
Photos by Maj Ian Toohill
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