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Army October 25, 2012
Frontline leaders come together
NCOs share experiences and learn from the best in annual forum
Cpl Mark Doran
ETHICS played a key role at the
CDF's NCO Leadership Forum
held at the Australian Defence
College (ADC) in Canberra from
Single-service sessions with the
service warrant officers and syndicate
discussions provided opportunities for
NCOs from the three services to dis-
cuss leadership in the ADF by sharing
their experiences and thoughts.
About 100 NCOs attended the
annual forum, which has been con-
vened at the ADC since 2003.
Guest speakers included VC recipi-
ent Cpl Mark Donaldson, of SASR,
who spoke about leadership from an
NCO perspective, and Eddie Jaku,
who gave his perspectives on life as an
Canadian Army Lt-Col Colin
Magee presented "Somalia: The
Canadian Experience" and Cmdr Paul
Moggach discussed the Nias Sea King
accident of 2005.
One highlight of the forum program
was the service chiefs panel where CA
Lt-Gen David Morrison joined Chief
of Navy VAdm Ray Griggs, Chief of
Air Force AirMshl Geoff Brown and
Joint Operations Commander Lt-Gen
Ash Power to answer probing ques-
tions about the ADF from the forum
WO2 Craig Rieniets, of RMC, said
the interaction between NCOs gave a
perspective of how leadership worked
across the three services.
"In essence we are not that different
-- we all have the same issues and deal
with them in similar ways," he said.
"The future is joint operations,
which is the working environment we
need to understand and immerse our-
selves in -- we can't just operate as
"The forum was a valuable experi-
ence and the opportunity to participate
should be given to as many Defence
members as possible."
Cpl Jacinta Stellama, of UNSWR,
said as a reservist the forum was a
fantastic opportunity for her to share
knowledge with full-time personnel.
"I will also be able to use the les-
sons learnt in leadership, ethics and
moral courage with my civilian life and
work," she said.
"The service chiefs panel was
impressive -- they took time out of their
busy schedules to speak with us and
answer our questions."
Commander ADC Maj-Gen Craig
Orme closed the forum and said the
participants took away with them a
sense of the size and complexity of the
Defence Organisation and of the chal-
lenges faced by the nation.
"Leadership is not about the things
you have to do; leadership is about the
things you don't have to do, but you do
anyway," he said.
"The things you have to do are
called your job.
"The difference between organisa-
tions which are good and excellent is
not just doing the job, but having the
leadership to go the extra yard."
Taking the lead: WO2 Craig
Rieniets, of RMC, and Cpl
Jacinta Stellama, of UNSWR,
take part in the CDF's NCO
Leadership Forum in Canberra.
Inset, Service Chiefs host a
question and answer session
with the NCOs.
Photos by Cpl Mark Doran
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