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Army February 16, 2012
Cpl Melanie Schinkel
FOR his contribution to develop-
ing new security procedures and
training to protect ADF personnel
and establishments, Maj Keith
Lawton is one of 12 finalists in
the annual Defence Excellence in
Now serving as 3RAR's opera-
tions officer, Maj Lawton's security
work was conducted during his
previous position as a coordina-
tion staff officer to the senior ADF
officer for the Liverpool Military
In this position Maj Lawton was
responsible for improving secu-
rity and emergency management,
assisting with facilities projects and
coordinating VIP visits.
While in the process of generat-
ing security enhancement ideas
for the LMA, Maj Lawton further
developed the base command post
concept to enhance base command
Maj Lawton said the base
command post was a location on
a Defence establishment where
the base commander controlled a
whole-of-base response to an emer-
gency situation or security incident.
"Once an incident or event is
identified, personnel within the
base command post allow the sen-
ior commander to take control of
the establishment and execute an
appropriate response," he said.
"While the probability of a
bomb blast or armed attack on
an ADF establishment is low, we
should not assume we are immune
-- we must be ready to respond to
"At the end of the day secu-
rity is about protecting the ADF's
capability and, most importantly,
its personnel. An immediate base
response to an active threat will
ultimately save lives."
He said it took 18 months to
develop the base command post
roles, tasks, layout and training.
"Over the course of 2010 and
2011 I worked with a number of
dedicated people both in and out
of uniform as well as Australian
Federal Police and NSW Police
Force personnel to create exercises
and refine base response proce-
"I hope this work will be incor-
porated into the Base Security
Improvement Program. This would
enable base commanders to rapidly
command and control personnel
on a base during a serious security
Maj Lawton is a finalist in the
Defence Excellence in Security
Awards' outstanding contribution to
security by an individual category.
The awards honour and celebrate
achievements in security by per-
sonnel working in the Defence
environment. The winners will
be announced during an official
ceremony at the Australian War
Memorial in Canberra on March 27.
For more information on the Base Security
Improvement Program go to http://
plan would save lives
Cpl Nick Wiseman
NINE individuals and three teams have
been announced as finalists in the first
annual Defence Excellence in Security
Awards for contributions to workplace
More than 50 nominations were sub-
mitted from all areas of Defence, includ-
ing the ADF, public service and Defence
Industry Security Program companies.
The acting Deputy Secretary for
Intelligence and Security, Ian McKenzie,
said the number and calibre of the nomi-
nations had been exceptional.
"This reflects the excellent work
being done in security across Defence,"
Mr McKenzie said.
"While congratulating the finalists I
also wish to acknowledge everyone who
The Defence Excellence in Security
Awards honour and celebrate achieve-
ments in security by those working with-
in the Defence environment.
Winners will be announced and pre-
sented with awards at an official cer-
emony at the Australian War Memorial
on March 27.
Finalists announced for inaugural security awards
Outstanding performance by a
WO2 Peter Henrichs, Army
Mr Steven McLeod, DSD
Ms Jennean Whilesmith, DMO
Award for outstanding leadership
Mr Ray Andersson, Army
Ms Vivienne Dawes, AGSVA--DSA
Mr Scott Minchin, CIOG
Outstanding contribution to security
by a team
DMO Munitions Branch Relocation
HQ JOC Security Directorate
Navy Guided Weapons Systems
Outstanding contribution to security
by an individual
Maj Keith Lawton, Army
Flt-Lt Peter Simpfendorfer, Air Force
Leut-Cmdr Joshua Wilkinson, Navy
Strong field: More than 50 nominations were received for the inaugural
Defence Excellence in Security Awards.
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