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Army December 8, 2011
IT'S a case of food for thought as
the Army undertakes a compre-
hensive review of its hospitality
and catering services.
With about $130m spent each
year on messes and dining facili-
ties within the ADF, the three ser-
vices are all looking at how they can
work within their own resources and
with the Defence Support Group
to improve the way these critical
services are delivered while still
achieving savings towards Strategic
Reform program targets.
Director General Army
Operations Brig Damian Cantwell
said he had been tasked to under-
take a rigorous review of hospitality
and catering within Army but would
not be making any rash decisions.
"Messes are central to our cul-
ture and no changes will be made
to them until we have a full under-
standing of the impact on our peo-
ple," Brig Cantwell said.
"The Review aims to give the CA
a clear understanding of the state of
messes so he can make an informed
decision mid-next year on where
these services can be reformed."
The review started in November
consisting of five separate activities.
"The first of these will establish
a 'baseline' to confirm
exactly what we current-
ly get for our money,"
Brig Cantwell said.
A detailed review
of all relevant policies
relating to messses and
meal entitlements is
another of the activities
to be undertaken as well
as a review of existing
to ensure they meet pol-
icy requirements and are
"In line with this,
we're also planning to
survey selected groups
in Army early next year
to validate what they
expect of messes in
today's modern Army,"
Brig Cantwell said.
"Meanwhile, Forcomd is
conducting a 'live' trial within
Holsworthy to test a range of possi-
ble options for delivering hospitality
and catering services.
"The aim is to ensure we capture
lessons, costs and implications from
trialling things like new meal order-
ing systems, centralised kitchen
facilities, alternate mess manage-
ment approaches and capped, but
flexible bar hours."
Brig Cantwell said although
there would be changes to the way
the messes operated, the review pro-
cess was designed to ensure they
Information on the review is at
Review on the
Food for thought: A review of hospitality
and catering services is being undertaken.
Photo by Sgt Mick Davis
SOLDIERS came through in this
year's Defence blood challenge with
628 of the Army's finest getting the
needle to help stock up Red Cross
This number was almost double that
achieved by Navy personnel who took
part and triple the number of Defence
civilians and Air Force members. The
Army surged ahead in the percentage-
based competition with 2.09 per cent of
the service giving blood to Navy's 1.83
per cent, Air Force's 1.5 per cent and the
civilians' 1.17 per cent.
CA Lt-Gen David Morrison said
it was a good result for the Army and
Defence as a whole, with a total of 1497
people donating blood, which could save
up to 4491 lives by Red Cross estimates.
"Army members have taken up this
mission to save lives and that's great to
see," he said.
"However 2.09 is still only a rela-
tively small percentage and I think we
can do better next year.
"We have to remember that our own
medical facilities, both here in Australia
and in operational areas overseas, use
blood from Red Cross donations to treat
our wounded, injured and ill fellow
soldiers, so it only makes sense that we
help out with that."
This was the Defence Blood
Challenge's third year. The event ran
from September 1 to November 30 and
the first year the Army has stolen the
competition from Air Force.
Army wins Defence
challenge with a
bloody good turn out
Supporters: WO2 Dennis Ramsay joined CA Lt-Gen David Morrison in
October to promote the Defence Blood Challenge, saying he owed his life to
Photo by Cpl Zenith King
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