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Army September 15, 2011
THE March/April 2012 issue of the
ADF Journal will focus on the junior
ADF leadership experience over the
past 20 years and the editorial team
is seeking contributions.
RSM-A WO Stephen Ward said he
encouraged ARA and ARes personnel
with operational leadership experience
to contribute to the edition.
"It should be an extremely interest-
ing issue and one of considerable ben-
efit to current and future members of
the ADF," he said.
Contributions should be about 1200
words and written as a personal recol-
lection of one or more ADF deploy-
ments on operations.
The best article from each service
will receive $250, with an additional
$500 for the best overall article.
The edition is themed to follow on
from the April/May 2011 issue on the
ADF command and leadership experi-
ence. It included contributions from a
range of senior officers from all three
services, covering ADF deployments to
Somalia, East Timor, the Middle East
Editorial staff emphasised they
were not seeking academic contribu-
tions at this time, and only pieces
based on the personal experiences of
soldiers, NCOs and junior officers
would be accepted.
Contributions should be submitted by email to
email@example.com by mid January
next year. For more information, go to
www.adfjournal.adc.edu.au or contact the editor
on (08) 8431 4005.
Journal seeks input from
experienced junior leaders
SKILLS Australia will work with Defence to ensure
the Australian defence industry has the skills needed
to meet the ADF's needs for the next decade.
Speaking at the Defence Skilling Summit in
Brisbane, Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare said
the ADF would replace or upgrade up to 85 per cent
of its equipment in the next 15 years.
"This is a big challenge. It is important we get it
right. A key part of this is making sure we have the
skills we need to do the job," Mr Clare said.
"In the next decade we will spend around $150
billion on Defence equipment. A lot of that will be
spent here in Australia."
Mr Clare has asked Skills Australia to work with
Defence and the defence industry to identify the skills
needed and the best way to build them.
The Skills Australia report, due by mid next year,
will inform future support and expansions for existing
Defence skilling programs.
The Skilling Australia's Defence Industry Program
will invest $138 million over 10 years to boost
Defence industry skills and improve training.
Companies can apply for up to $4 million in
matched funding for innovative projects that will
enhance a priority Defence industry capability.
The Defence Engineering Internship Program
will allow third-year engineering students to com-
plete a 12-week Defence industry placement in a
A proud gunner
By LCpl Mark Doran
THE funeral service for WO1
William (Bill) Degenaro, who
died on August 27, was held
at the Anzac Memorial Chapel
of Saint Paul at RMC on
Head People Capability Maj-
Gen Gerard Fogarty presented the
eulogy at the service. Attendees
included CDF Gen David Hurley,
RSM-A WO Stephen Ward and sen-
ior RSMs from across Army.
An honour guard by 1 Regt
RAA recognised WO1 Degenaro's
37-year career in the RAA, which
included postings with 8/12 Mdm
Regt and 4 Fd Regt, and culminat-
ed in senior soldier appointments,
including as the Army's RSM
Born on February 15, 1957,
WO1 Degenaro was 54 and had bat-
tled cancer for the past five years.
He is survived by his wife Heather
and his three daughters.
WO1 Degenaro was awarded
the Medal of the Order of Australia
(Military Division) in 2006 "for
meritorious service as a Master
Gunner, Regimental Sergeant
Major, Soldier Career Adviser with-
in the Royal Regiment of Australian
Artillery, and Regimental Sergeant
Major Ceremonial at Defence
He also received the Australian
Service Medal with clasps South
East Asia and Sinai, and the
Multinational Force and Observers
DCA Maj-Gen Paul Symon
said as a junior artillery officer he
was influenced by a number of out-
standing non-commissioned offic-
ers -- WO1 Degenaro being one
from the top shelf.
"He had a smirk with junior
officers. It said on the one hand
'you've got a lot to learn', but it
was done in a spirit of friendliness
and a desire to make us all as good
as we could be," Maj-Gen Symon
"In the command post, his tech-
nical skills were outstanding. He
made us learn through example and
there was never any ego involved.
"He was self-assured and very
widely respected by all ranks. Of
course, the Army saw his qualities,
hence his rise to the most senior
soldier rank and a range of very
"His courage, these past few
years, has been an inspiration to us
all. His pride in his family and in
the Army was evident to the last."
Valued service: WO1 Bill Degenaro (inset) is farewelled by family and friends from his 37-year
Army career at the Anzac Memorial Chapel of Saint Paul in Canberra.
Photo by Cpl Bernard Pearson
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