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Cpl Max Bree
A CANBERRA-based reservist will
soon dispense justice after accepting
an appointment to the ACT Magistrates
Court on May 9.
Col Bernadette Boss, currently
studying at the Centre for Defence and
Strategic Studies, is due to start as an
ACT Magistrate mid-June.
While being humbled and a bit
daunted by the news, Col Boss said her
time in the Army had given her a good
background for the new job.
"Military training is a really good
foundation for a magistrate," Col Boss
"The training prepares you for mak-
ing decisions under pressure and it
develops your people skills.
"This is a crucial skill when working
with people in the community.
"Being in the military ... I think we
either attract people with a strong, high-
ly developed sense of justice or it grows
out of service."
Col Boss, now a reserve signals
officer, served in the regular Army as
a legal officer from 1996-2002 and has
worked in the UK and Australia as a
She also holds a PhD in law from
the University of Sydney in the areas
of international humanitarian law and
international human rights law.
"Being a magistrate is a bit like
going from being a football player to
being a referee," she said. "You get to
run onto the pitch, but you control the
game and don't take sides.
"I know I'm going to be drink-
ing from the fire hose for the first few
months but I'm up for the challenge."
Col Boss will be the second serving
military officer appointed to the current
bench of the ACT Magistrates Court
after Col Peter Morrison's appointment
Boss raising the
bar in Canberra
New team for embassy assistance missions
Laying down the law: Reservist Col Bernadette Boss will take up her position
as an ACT magistrate next month.
Photo by Cpl Max Bree
LAC Bill Solomou
THE ADF has a new crisis
response team for short-notice
Defence assistance to Australian
high commissions or embassies to
protect the national interest.
The ADF Support and Response
Team (SRT) replaced the Defence
Supplementation Staff (DSS) from
The team will rapidly deploy
to help the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in crisis
response. It will provide military
skills, knowledge and experience
to the immediate and follow-on
responses as a crisis unfolds.
The SRT will provide an on-the-
ground link between DFAT and the
ADF, ensuring the military capability
can be used effectively.
Under the new structure, the
Deployable Joint Force Headquarters
(DJFHQ) will coordinate team per-
sonnel, readiness and certification.
Lt-Col Jeremy King, of the
HQJOC Joint Control Centre, said
as a result of lessons from Operation
Pakistan Assist II and Egypt last
year, a review of the DSS was done
to refine processes.
"We looked at the DSS program's
strengths and weaknesses then devel-
oped a new team and a new capabil-
ity to better support DFAT," Lt-Col
Handy in crises
"We will deploy to an Australian
embassy or high commission and
provide specialist military skills,
knowledge and experience to ena-
ble whole-of-government and mili-
tary planning on the ground and in
Australia," he said.
SRT will comprise two teams,
and the structure will be situation
"We are pulling team members
from specific units -- coordinated by
DJFHQ -- to have the best people
suited to the roles," Lt-Col King said.
He said 54 personnel from vari-
ous units attended the first SRT
training at HQJOC in late March.
"It was a really good turnout and
ideal to prepare for this new capabil-
ity."As SO1 of Logistics Branch at
HQ 1 Div, Lt-Col Ian Ford is des-
ignated as an SRT commander. He
completed the training to prepare
him for the various SRT roles that
may occur. His key role is assist-
ing the head of mission in crisis
response and planning.
"It is important that we are able
to quickly support any crisis over-
seas that may affect Australians,"
Lt-Col Ford said.
He was looking forward to the
"It's going to be quite interesting
and challenging," he said.
a crisis, such
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