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By Sgt Dave Morley
AN 8/9RAR soldier has been selected as the
winner of the Hassett Award for the RAR's most
outstanding junior leader for 2011.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison presented the award
to Cpl Stephen Woods at a ceremony at the RMC
Officers' Mess on October 27.
Cpl Woods was recognised for his exceptional
commitment to the training and administration of his
He said it was an honour to receive the award.
"It was really good, and a bit of a shock," he said.
"But I work among a lot of good soldiers."
He said the blokes in his section were really
happy for him.
"Their wives and parents were happy about it too,
considering our deployment on MTF 4 early next
year," he said.
"It'll make them all feel a lot more confident."
Battalion XO Maj Warren Farmer said Cpl
Woods' biggest achievement was the quality of ser-
vice he had provided.
"If we had more positive examples like him to
emulate, we'd be a better organisation," he said.
"In terms of medical classification and rehab, he
has shown it's all about being fair dinkum and get-
ting on with life.
"We'll hear more from him during his Army
Part of Cpl Woods' citation reads, "you have
demonstrated initiative, perseverance and endeavour
well beyond that expected of your rank and experi-
The Hassett Award was made possible by a dona-
tion of $5000 to the RAR Foundation by the late
Gen Sir Francis Hassett and Lady Hassett in 2006.
The RAR Foundation now commemorates the
general's leadership and military prowess during his
42-year Army career by instituting the annual award.
A top quality seco
Good team: Pte Joel Clifton, LCpl Justin Simmons, Pte Anthony Sheehy, Pte Daniel Cleary, Cpl Stephen Woods, Pte Darren Heathwood,
Pte Dean Bell, Pte TJ Findlay, Tpr Daniel Chapman, Pte Brad Sutherland and Pte Cameron Horne celebrate Cpl Woods' awarding of the
Hassett Award for outstanding leadership.
Photo by Pte Alexander Coe
By Michael Brooke
A JOINT project for improved
battlespace communications sys-
tems, including the purchase of
about 11,000 new digital radios
has been approved by the govern-
The initiative was among three
major Defence projects announced
by Defence Minister Stephen Smith
and Defence Materiel Minister
Jason Clare on November 28.
Mr Smith said this brought to
35 the number of approvals for
major projects in 2011, worth a
total of around $6 billion.
The other two projects to
receive first-pass approval were
the lead-in fighter capability assur-
ance program, which will provide
enhanced training systems for Air
Force pilots, and a new fixed-site
air traffic management and control
system, which will replace existing
radars and command and control
The combined projects are
expected to cost about $1.2 billion
The 11,000 digital combat net
radios to be delivered under Phase
2A of Joint Project 2072 will
replace existing analogue equip-
ment and build on Phase 1 of the
project, which started in 2009.
The Phase 1 contractor, Harris
Corporation, will be engaged to
provide the Phase 2A radios.
While several major projects
remain on track, the Multi Role
Helicopter (MRH-90) project
has been added to the Projects of
Mr Smith and Mr Clare pro-
vided an update to the list at Fleet
Base East on November 28.
Mr Smith said the MRH-90 pro-
ject would provide Army and Navy
with 46 new helicopters to replace
some Black Hawks and Sea Kings.
"The project is running late, pri-
marily due to issues affecting the
aircraft," he said.
The project has suffered two
years of delays to date and may be
Mr Clare said the MRH pro-
ject had encountered a number of
significant technical issues, which
triggered early indicators and
warning thresholds for schedule
and contractor performance.
To manage any capability gap
with the retirement of the Navy's
Sea King helicopters this month,
the Navy will generate an addition-
al short-term Sea Hawk flight.
The Army's Black Hawk fleet
will also be extended to cover the
capability gap in the short term.
Mr Smith said this year four
projects had been removed from
the Projects of Concern list, three
through remediation and one
"At the beginning of the year,
12 projects were on that list, but
now there are nine," he said.
"This shows the system is work-
ing -- fixing problem projects."
More projects are expected to
be removed from the list before the
end of the month.
Since the Projects of Concern
began in 2008, 19 projects have
been put on the list. Ten have now
been removed, eight due to reme-
diation and two due to cancellation.
New radios on the way
2A of Joint
Project 2027 will
to enhance the
ADF units in the
Photo by PO
DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith
has announced that Australia will
resume transferring detainees appre-
hended by ADF forces in Afghanistan
to the National Directorate of Security
(NDS) in Uruzgan province.
Australia suspended the transfer of
detainees to the NDS in July in response
to ISAF concerns about the treatment of
detainees in southern Afghanistan.
Mr Smith said the decision to resume
the process followed extensive consulta-
tion with stakeholders and the October 10
release of the United Nations Assistance
Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) report
into the treatment of detainees.
"The report raised serious concerns
of detainee mistreatment at a number of
NDS and Afghan National Police (ANP)
facilities but found no evidence of detain-
ee mistreatment by the NDS in Uruzgan."
Mr Smith said Australia had a "very
robust" framework for detainee manage-
ment in Afghanistan.
He said it accorded with Australia's
legal obligations, and "we take our
responsibilities for the humane treatment
of detainees very seriously".
"Australia's detainee monitoring team
conducts regular visits to monitor the wel-
fare of all ADF-apprehended detainees
transferred to Afghan or United States
custody until the point of release or sen-
tencing," he said.
"The frequency of the monitoring
effort will be temporarily increased fol-
lowing the resumption of transfers to
help ensure that detainees transferred to
Afghan custody are treated humanely."
Afghan detainee transfers
resume after UN review
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