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Army July 22, 2010
By Lt Danielle Perkins
GREY Victorian skies could not keep
hundreds of family and friends from
farewelling the latest deployment of
reservists to continue Australia's com-
mitment to maintaining law and order
in Solomon Islands.
Headed for sunnier climates, the sol-
diers and officers of Operation Anode's
22nd rotation were honoured with a
parade at RAAF Williams, Laverton, on
Minister for Veterans' Affairs and
Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan
Griffin, Commander 4 Bde, Brig Robert
Marsh, and Ballarat Mayor, Judy Verlin,
were present to farewell more than 100
The bulk of the taskforce is drawn
from 4 Bde, with the majority coming
Other units across 2 Div, along with
soldiers from the PNG Defence Force,
are also contributing to the rotation,
which will continue to support Regional
Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands.
Cpl Tim Moore said he was proud to
be taking part in the deployment. The
fourth-year apprentice builder has been
to the Solomons on a previous rotation
but jumped at the chance to return.
"I wanted to go again because it's a
great experience and great exposure," he
said. "You meet great new people and
have an awesome and rewarding time
helping the people."
Cpl Moore said having an under-
standing boss helped.
"He's pretty supportive and both
times I've been away he's gotten behind
me the whole way -- I couldn't ask for a
better boss really."
Pte Marie Yorston, who was sur-
rounded by friends and family after the
parade, said she was looking forward to
"I believe we are doing a good job
over there and I am looking forward to
putting our training into practice," Pte
Brig Marsh told the troops they were
"more than ready to join the ranks of
current generation of Anzacs".
Combined Task Force 635 CO desig-
nate Lt-Col Paul Landford said he was
looking forward to commanding the
"I have previously deployed to East
Timor but this is my first deployment as
a reservist CO," Lt-Col Landford said.
"The training standard, skills and
competencies of the reservists I am tak-
ing on this mission are every bit as good
as those of their full-time counterparts."
Most of the contingent's force prepa-
ration training was at Puckapunyal.
JOINT Project 2077 passed
its most significant milestone
on July 1 with the launch
of the Military Integrated
Logistics Information System
The MILIS implementa-
tion is the cornerstone of Joint
Project 2077 Phase 2B.1 and
will provide improved asset
and inventory visibility and
control, greater financial integ-
rity and a modern web-based
WO1 James McGregor was
the first user to log onto the
new system and said it was
worth the wait.
"Over four years I have
seen the product develop into
a workable, time-saving logis-
tics information system that
will benefit all users," WO1
"It brings me great pleas-
ure to finally see the deliv-
ery of MILIS, which will
now enable the development
of the Deployable Logistic
Information Systems as part of
Joint Project 2077 2B.2."
Users began transacting
with the new system on July 5
under a phased implementation
program co-ordinated across
all services and groups includ-
ing units deployed overseas.
The MILIS Go-Live event
was co-ordinated from a com-
First: WO1 James McGregor.
Ready for duty
Helping friends: Op Anode CTF
635-22 troops are farewelled at a
ceremony held at RAAF Williams.
Photo by Capt Cam Ward
system goes live
mand centre at Russell Offices
with technical and business
teams working from sites in
Canberra and Melbourne.
The system was extensively
tested with a comprehensive
management regime to deal
with known defects through
business process adjustments.
The current level of defects
is considered normal for a pro-
ject of this size and complex-
ity and the status of defects and
remediation is updated regularly
on the command centre website.
Additional code releases
will be put in place in mid-
August following completion
of the implementation activ-
ities and again at the end of
September when the system is
expected to be at full operating
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