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Army August 18, 2011
GROUP and individual
nominations are being called
for the inaugural Defence
Excellence in Security
Nominations for the new
security award initiative are
open until October 17.
The Deputy Secretary
Intelligence and Security and
Defence's Agency Security
Executive, Stephen Merchant,
announced the awards and
called for nominations from
APS, ADF and Defence
Industry Security Program
Mr Merchant said the
awards were supported by the
Defence Secretary and CDF,
and were established to hon-
our and celebrate outstanding
achievements in security by
those working for Defence.
"There are many unsung
heroes -- some in formal secu-
rity roles, others not -- who
are doing outstanding work in
security every day.
"By recognising their
efforts, we aim to raise awareness about
key security issues and to embed a cul-
ture that security is a natural part of busi-
ness and everyone's responsibility, every
Four award categories are available
focusing on key Defence and defence
industry audiences -- security specialists,
leaders, teams and individuals.
Mr Merchant said nominations could
focus on responses to security incidents,
improvements to workplace security or
demonstrated commitment to exceptional
security practice in everyday work.
"In the leadership category, we would
can be recognised
also be looking for someone whose day-
to-day leadership supports a strong secu-
rity culture in their team.
The awards program is being man-
aged by the Defence Security Authority
and will culminate in an awards ceremo-
ny in Canberra in March 2012.
Up to three finalists will be identi-
fied for each category and invited to the
ceremony, where the winners will be
announced and presented with trophies.
More information and entry forms are available
or email email@example.com
Locked up: The Defence Excellence in
Security Awards aim to recognise personnel
who have contributed to outstanding
achievements in security.
ANOTHER insurgent commander has
been detained in a joint Afghan Police
Provincial Response Company -- Uruzgan
and Australian Special Operations Task
The insurgent commander was detained
during a partnered operation in the Shah
Wali Kot area of Northern Kandahar on
July 29. The Shah Wali Kot area is where
SASR Cpl Benjamin Roberts-Smith earned
a Victoria Cross for storming an insurgent
machinegun last year.
A highly skilled bomb maker and dis-
tributor of IED components, it is believed
the insurgent commander was also
involved in the illicit drugs trade in the
The commander of ADF personnel in
the MEAO, Maj-Gen Angus Campbell,
said the continued pressure against the
insurgency and constant removal of its
leaders was degrading its operations in and
around Uruzgan province.
"These targeted operations are opening
a noticeable void in the insurgent com-
mand structure and continue to deny insur-
gents sanctuary in southern Afghanistan,"
Thirteen insurgent commanders have
been detained or killed during deliberate
operations in the past three months.
The latest captive, who posed a serious
threat to coalition forces and the security
of the local population, has been trans-
ferred to the Detention Facility in Parwan
in accordance with Australia's detainee
Objective complete: SOTG personnel rest up in the shade after a
successful mission. Inset, troops prepare to set out on an operation
with the National Interdiction Unit.
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