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Army March 17, 2011
MAJ-GEN Rick Burr has
taken over command of 1
Div at Enoggera Barracks
after Maj-Gen Mick
Slater left to head up the
Authority, established fol-
lowing recent natural dis-
At a reception held on
base on February 22 Maj-
Gen Burr highlighted the
achievements of his prede-
cessor, making special note
of Maj-Gen Slater's leader-
ship in preparing Australian
military personnel for over-
"Gen Slater has ensured
that 1 Div has attained an
extremely high level of pro-
fessionalism in ensuring our
troops are effectively trained
and prepared for deploy-
ment," Maj-Gen Burr said.
"Now as the leader of Queensland's
disaster reconstruction effort, we wish
him all the best in his work to restore
normality to the lives of people seriously
affected by natural disasters in this state."
HQ 1 Div provides a key role in assist-
ing with the preparation of Army force
elements deploying on operations, includ-
ing managing the immediate lessons
learned from those operations to ensure
they are integrated across the force.
The headquarters also maintains
the ADF's key Deployable Joint Force
HQ and supports HQJOC in operations
Good luck: Maj-Gen Mick Slater, right, hands
over command of 1 Div to Maj-Gen Rick Burr.
Photo by Cpl Kim Allen
The major ADF exercise activity this
year is Talisman Sabre and HQ 1 Div
will play a significant role.
Maj-Gen Burr will act as the
Coalition Forces Land Component
Commander, leading substantial
Australian and United States Army
and Marine Corps elements as part of a
broader Combined Task Force based on
the Command of the US Navy 7th Fleet.
He was previously the Director
General of Military Strategic
Commitments and has extensive opera-
tional and command experience includ-
ing as the CO of the SAS Regt.
Information at fingertips
By Graham McBean
THE Army's latest information
technology innovation will be
online and ready for browsing on
the DRN from March 17.
Version 1 of iArmy was
'e-launched' from the Army
Knowledge Management Group
(AKMG) at Puckapunyal and
brings doctrine, training and lessons
from operations in a single portal.
Access to tech-based learning prod-
ucts like the Steyr and pistol pack-
ages are also available.
Nine separate buttons on the
'splash page' divides the Army's
knowledge into categories from doc-
trine and lessons to commanders'
aides and an upload function.
It also includes Army Wiki,
which provides soldiers with the
ability to upload and download dif-
ferent forms of media and informa-
tion.Version 2.0 is already being
developed and promises to bring a
range of new information packages
in a one-stop shop.
Director AKMG Col Michael
Rozzoli said access to the portal was
as simple as typing iArmy into the
DRN Internet Explorer address bar.
"The aim of iArmy was to make
our corporate knowledge visible
to those people who need it at an
appropriate level," Col Rozzoli said.
It also provides a medium to
capture soldier's and officer's tacit
"The information outside the
Army is free-flowing and iArmy is
designed to be free-flowing but rec-
ognises our responsibilities as well.
"Soldiers will be able to go back-
wards and forwards through the
information and there is a mechanism
for soldiers to contribute to iArmy."
Importantly, access to Army's
information is being managed in
three main 'realms' or areas.
The first is Army Wiki, blogs
and discussions and is designed for
informal information and knowl-
The second is iArmy and the
first stage of formalising Army's
electronic information into knowl-
edge. iArmy contains the collective
Army knowledge that ultimately
supports 'warfighting' needs and
training for 'the war'. This is how
Army delivers agile information to
the right person at the right time.
Fixed knowledge such as doc-
trine, policy and regulations is
available through the iArmy portal.
Col Rozzoli said information
could be converted from the infor-
mal to higher levels from soldier
input through submissions on the
"Upload to iArmy".
He said iArmy had received pos-
itive feedback from trial users who
tested the system in October last
iArmy is on the DRN at http://iArmy.
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