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Army July 7, 2011
RESERVE and permanent ADF
personnel are being asked to
give their views on what is being
called the biggest review of
reserve forces for generations.
The Reserve Reform Stream
(RRS) has the support of senior
Defence chiefs, with former CDF
ACM Angus Houston saying it has
the potential to be the most pro-
gressive reform of reserves in 60
Evidence from Defence person-
nel is being sought through two
means -- a 'have your say' website
and a survey exploring reserve
employment, what it means and
what personnel expect from it.
An open letter from new CDF
Gen David Hurley appears as an
advertisement on page 13 of this
edition of Army.
He says service chiefs want
genuine reform and urges Defence
personnel to take part.
"We appreciate there are often
requests for feedback, ideas and
submissions," Gen Hurley said.
"However, if you undertake one
such measure this year we urge you
to make it this."
The RRS is part of the Strategic
Reform Program, which is look-
ing at ways to enhance the way the
respective reserve forces and reserv-
ists are used.
It aims to ensure Defence has
a contemporary employment offer
for reservists that is more flexible,
adaptive to the needs of the reserv-
ist and Defence, and attractive in an
increasingly competitive workforce
The Head of the Reserve Reform
Stream Project, Jerome Reid, said
the reforms would ensure reserves
were an integral part of the total
force and delivered the required
capability for Force 2030.
Mr Reed said he was keen to
hear the views and ideas of perma-
nent and reserve members on how
to help make this happen.
He said the survey would be sent
to Defence personnel from July 12
and he was keen to ensure maxi-
mum engagement in the survey.
"If you do not receive a survey
and would like one, simply email
with your contact details, postal
address, service and role and a sur-
vey will be sent to you," Mr Reed
To enable the timely receipt and
processing of the survey respons-
es, register your interest as soon
as possible to the ReserveReform.
Submit views and ideas at
Defence personnel who do not
receive a survey can request one
Reservists under review
Vital work: Reservist Pte Marc Boye plays soccer with children in the village of Tutuala in East Timor.
A review of the role of ADF reservists is under way.
Photo by LAC Leigh Cameron
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
A REVIEW to investigate the force pos-
ture of the ADF was launched on June
22 by Defence Minister Stephen Smith.
"Its purpose is to assess whether the
ADF is correctly geographically posi-
tioned to meet Australia's modern and
future strategic and security challenges,"
Mr Smith said.
"It will address the range of present
and emerging global, regional, nation-
al strategic and security factors which
require careful consideration for the
These factors relate to the north and
north-western regions off the coast of
Australia and include:
The rise of the Asia-Pacific and Indian
Ocean as regions of global strategic
The growth of military power projec-
tion capabilities in the Asia Pacific.
The growing need for the provision of
humanitarian assistance and disaster
relief after extreme events in the Asia
Security issues associated with
expanding offshore resource exploita-
tion in Australia's northern and north-
The review will evaluate future bas-
ing requirements for all three services to
assess their ability to cope with future
Examples of future tasks include:
Deployments on missions and overseas
Support of operations in the Asia-
Practical engagement with countries
in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean
rim to assist with shaping security and
strategic circumstances in Australia's
To assist in the security of expanding
offshore resource exploitation.
"Outcomes of the review will make
recommendations in relation to the basing
options for Force 2030 across Australia,"
Mr Smith said.
For Army this could involve potential
base creations or movements relating to
Army's presence in northern Australia.
The review will be conducted by
Defence and will be overseen by two for-
mer secretaries of Defence, Ric Smith and
A report of the findings from
the review will be presented to the
Government early next year.
MEMBERS of MTF 2 are arriv-
ing home after their eight-month
deployment to Afghanistan.
Chief of Joint Operations,
Lt-Gen Ash Power said it had been
a high-tempo rotation, with the
task force conducting numerous
successful joint operations with the
Afghan National Security Force.
"Through its partnering with
the Afghan National Army's 4th
Brigade, MTF 2 contributed mark-
edly to improved security in the
Uruzgan province," Lt-Gen Power
"The task force conducted
more than 2500 patrols, locating
approximately 130 IEDs and more
than 380 weapons and explosive
While there were successes,
the rotation lost three soldiers, two
from 1CER and a member of the
Force Support Unit working in
support of MTF 2.
Cpl Richard Atkinson was
killed in an IED strike on February
2 and Spr Jamie Larcombe was
killed during an engagement with
insurgents in the Mirabad Valley
region on February 19.
On May 30, LCpl Andrew
Jones was killed by a rogue ANA
soldier at a patrol base in the
Chora Valley region.
Nine other soldiers from MTF
2 were wounded in action during
the eight-month rotation.
Good to be back: Spr Matthew Dellosa is greeted by his girlfriend
Emily Dickson at Darwin Airport on his return from operations in
Photo by AB James Whittle
for MTF 2
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