THE SCRIBBLER # 86

THE SCRIBBLER # 86

E NEWS – July 2022

President’s Update

I would like to thank the committee for utilising the strange and difficult times of COVID-19 to dig deeper and evaluate better, the history and inner workings of the RAN Writers Association. During this time, there has been a review of all things administrative; this has resulted in better record keeping and access.

The Committee has worked tirelessly and I thank them all very much.

To the membership, I acknowledge the numerous emails and contacts we have received and we thank you all for these as it ensures us that we are working for the good of the Association and gives ideas and support for the volunteer service given.

With seeing the back end of the pandemic (possibly wishful thinking), I would like to get another reunion up and running, possibly in 2023. To this end we would welcome volunteers to offer advice/dreams on location, when, how and who would organise (create a committee) such an event.

I am proud of the RAN Writers Association and where it is now. I came into the Committee, in the background and on a part time basis, to assist Lew and Knocker who were under the pump. That was approximately eight years ago and since then I have held numerous positions culminating with President. It is with mixed feelings that I feel it is time for me to step aside and welcome volunteers for the position of President.

Please consider volunteering for the Committee at the next Annual General Meeting. It is not onerous and can give back as much as is put in.

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President’s Update 1

Sydney Writers’ Annual Luncheon and Annual General Meeting (AGM) 3

Committee Update 3

New Webpage 4

Reunion 2022 – Advice 5

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 5

Vale 6

Farewells 9

The SA team hit Mildura for a ‘local’ event 12

Flashback Corner…! 15

Sponsors 18

Sydney Writers’ Annual Luncheon and Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Mark Mobley is bringing it back in 2022!

It would appear that, although not defeated, we have the COVID beast (mostly!) at bay and it is considered safe enough to re-invigorate the Annual Sydney Writers’ Luncheon.

The proposed dates are 21st October (Trafalgar Day for the older salts) or 28th October.

Situation permitting it is proposed to hold the AGM as a prelude to lunch.

POC is Mark Mobley on email mark.mobley@bigpond.com

More information to follow…

Committee Update

At the last Committee meeting the following was discussed:

  • State of the Association is healthy. Funds held as at 17 Feb 22:
      • Events/mess account $1687.65
      • Savings account $27964.72.
  • Finalisation of ACT Associations documentation for Financial Years 19/20 and 20/21 have been submitted
  • Membership validation has been completed and membership database updated
  • Intention to improve the member’s pack
  • In the events space it was agreed to support the SA Scribes request funding support for their ‘welcome’ event for their ‘Mildura get together). Read more about this weekend below! It was agreed to develop a local events policy to enable more local events to be supported. Work is progressing. In the interim if you’re gathering a group of Scribes together and are looking for funding support please reach out via scribes@ranwriters.com
  • Requirement to update the Association’s rules as a result of changes to the Associations Act will was recently updated to allow meetings to be conducted virtually – this was initially only approved as an interim measure. It is planned to bring forward the updated ‘Rules’ to the next AGM.

New Webpage

Matt Regan has continued with the Association webpage development. The initial webpage has gone live – https://ranwriters.com You may have noticed you do not have a specific log-on linked to your membership as yet. We will let you know once this functionality has been established on the new webpage.

Watch this page in the new year for the next phase of the redevelopment which will improve useability and access to membership information. Don’t forget that the Association also has a social media presence on Facebook…

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Reunion 2022 – Advice

As advised in the last edition at the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…including business rules for the supporting of local events.

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

As advised in our last edition the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

Vale

Kevin Douglas Thomas WILSON, ABWTR, R65827

3/2/1948 – 11/11/2021

Kevin Drinkwater has kindly provided the following Vale message.

Kevin was born in Emerald, Central Highlands Region in Queensland on 3rd February, 1948, the eldest of three brothers and one sister. Educated at Emerald State Primary School, Kevin was gifted with handwriting abilities that enabled him to develop fine calligraphy and engraving skills which placed him in high demand throughout his life. With good handwriting skills and being a keen numbers person, Kevin worked as a ‘penciller’ for a local Bookmaker for quite a few years after he discharged.

Kevin joined the RAN on 21st October, 1966, and served on HMA Ships Derwent, Stuart, Moresby and Sydney. Establishments were Cerberus, Harman, Kuttabul, Moreton and Watson. He was awarded the Australian Active Service Medal 1945-75, Vietnam Logistic Support Medal, Australian Service Medal 1945-75 and the Australian Defence Medal. He was discharged ‘DEE’ on 20 October, 1978.

On the sporting front, Kevin played cricket and enjoyed a game of golf. He was a keen Darts player and played at competition level winning many trophies along the way although he had a keen appetite for most sporting events. One of his favourite sports was thoroughbred racing in which he always had a tip for any budding punter. During his time at HMAS Moreton, he would place his name down on the Wednesday Sports List as participating in ‘Equestrian’ events. When the Coxswain asked him where he participated in this sport, he replied “Eagle Farm, sometimes at Doomben’.

In his post RAN years, Kevin became an effective member of the Naval Association of Australia, Queensland Section and spent a good deal of his membership in Executive positions such as Secretary and Membership Registrar of the Sandgate Sub Section and for a several years was Secretary of the Queensland Section where he worked tirelessly in supporting the NAA in their Navy Veterans Support rolls.

In recent years, Kevin’s service caught up with him in the form of certain illnesses caused by asbestos and water contaminants and following several operations, Kevin was deemed TPI by Veterans’ Affairs. Even though one may think this would slow a person down, Kevin continued supporting his NAA Sub Section and attended fund raising sausage sizzlers at Carseldine Bunnings store, still passing on his racing tips.

There are many stories one could convey in this testimonial but it would be quite lengthy. Kevin was a dedicated husband and father and enjoyed life to its fullest. To many of his shipmates who enjoyed his company, Kevin will be sorely missed and leaves a huge gap in the veterans services he voluntarily supported for many years.

WOWTR Urmas (a.k.a John) ARRO R59854

James Carroll has kindly provided the below:

Reporting the passing of WOWTR Urmas (a.k.a John) ARRO R59854

In the Edition 2 of 2022 Queensland RSL News, which arrived in my letter box the morning of 14JUL22 , there is a Last Post report for one Urmas ARRO R59854.  No other information except he was a member of Kedron Wavell RSL Sub Branch.  I have tried to put together a short bio on him from his DSP Posting Card in the Commonwealth Archives to send to the RAN Writers Association for inclusion in the Scribbler.  But that stops when all info was transferred to EDP.  I have also consulted with tribal elders Ron Giveen, Stu Merrilees and Marty Grogan to glean what ever I can out of the memory banks.

Joined as a JR              HMAS CERBERUS             16MAR63

Promoted to ORDWTR              “                                27MAR64

Promoted to WTR2                    “                                11JAN65

Promoted to WTR            HMAS VAMPIRE                16SEP65

Promoted to A/LWTR     HMAS CRESWELL             11NOV66

Confirmed LWTR              HMAS CRESWELL             11NOV67

Promoted A/POWTR       HMAS HARMAN                9MAY69

I relieved him as the Pay Office Writer in VAMPIRE 14NOV66 and he was the CPOWTR Captains Secretary HMAS MORETON when I was there and promoted POWTR 11 APR 80.  He would have had to serve another 3 years to qualify for pension under DFRDB.  After he left the RAN he seemed to wipe any association that he had with it.  I know that he worked for Australia Post in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.

From Marty – A bit of speculation here…

John ARRO was posted to Seattle in 1982 as a WOWTR to replace John “Banjo” PATISON who had a heart attack.

I was first offered promotion to WOWTR in June 1977 and when I declined it was offered to Les “Dolly” DWYER (Dcd).

When offered again in October 1968, I declined and John “Banjo” PATISON (Dcd) was promoted.  I eventually accepted promotion to WOWTR in December 1980 and took Banjo’s place on HMAS MELBOURNE as the PERSO. So from my reckoning, John A would have been promoted to a WOWTR in 1981 or 1982.

He would have had a Return of Service Obligation (ROSO) for his 2 years in the States so probably got out in 1985 or thereabouts.

Cheers

James Carroll

RAN – 4JUL63 -4FEB14

Farewells

Commitment to Navy – Loyal Service of Pat Mills

By Warrant Officer Marc Henderson

On Thursday 14 Apr 22, both myself and Blue Worrall attended a retirement ceremony for Pat Mills (ex-Chief Petty Officer Writer) whos service to Navy spanned a period over 45 years. Beginning his service in the Royal Navy as a Scribe back in 1976, he completed a period of 12 years before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy. He went on to serve through until 2012 when he finished his time in uniform. Not completely leaving the Navy family, he continued working in the Department of Defence as a Public Servant. Fast forward to 2022 and Pat’s full-time employment has come to an end after a very long and distinguished career.

In what Pat thought was going to be a small farewell by friends and colleagues, the arrival of Chief of Navy, VADM Michael Noonan, indicated that something unusual was underway. In recognition of Pat’s service to Navy the Public Service, VADM Noonan presented Pat with a Chief of Navy Gold Commendation.

The commendation read:

I commend you for your exemplary performance and sustained service during your Navy and Public Service careers. As Staff Officer to numerous Flag Officers, including myself, you personify the example of outstanding service.

After transferring to our Navy in July 1988 from the Royal Navy, you served as a Senior Sailor Writer until leaving to commence full-time employment with the Australian Public Service in April 2012. Your reliable focus on ensuring senior officers are successful in their day-to-day business correspondence and meeting schedule is underpinned by your determination to ensure all administration is dealt with professionally and in a timely manner.

Your mentorship of junior personnel has enhanced Navy capability within Headquarters where your advice is often sought out on how to navigate the more complex matters. Without being asked, you quietly imparted your knowledge to others including your personal “tricks of the trade” to get business transacted daily. Your vast network of contacts is generated out of professional respect for the way you deal with matters and the respect you show others.

Your performance is in keeping with the best traditions of the Royal Australian Navy. You can enjoy your retirement knowing you have contributed to the efficiency of Navy Headquarters and the ongoing professionalism of the next generation of Staff Officers within Navy. BZ!

Along with the commendation, he also received a Chief of Navy coin. Immediately following this recognition, VADM Noonan presented Pat with a farewell gift put together by his work colleagues from Navy Capability Division. In his response, Pat thanked all for attending and was very humble in the recognition received from Chief of Navy. He went on to say he had thoroughly enjoyed his whole career and recognised it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his family. Pat emphasised that he approached every stage of his career with the philosophy of do your job well and look after people, no matter who they are.

Now for those of you with a keen eye, you might notice the two photos of Pat in the presentation gift. The first as a much younger LSWTR posing for the camera on deck. The second at sea slaving away on the typewriter (well maybe a staged photo). There were quite a few people present who had never actually seen Pat with hair, and I heard more than one comment that he was quite the looker back in the day. Not to miss an opportunity, we had Pat recreate the exact pose side by side with the photo (for prosperity of course!). It may have been a long way down for his knees but ever the obliging professional that he is, he approached the shot with the same old smile.

On behalf of the wider members of the association, thanks and best wishes were passed to Pat. Not only for years of loyal service but also for his upcoming retirement.

The SA team hit Mildura for a ‘local’ event

The South Australian Scribes held an event in Mildura on the weekend 19th-21st March. The following was kindly provided by Dave Rickard

The event was certainly not as hugely represented as those of the past, but the dedicated band who attended assessed it as an enormous success. The eighteen or so who were there also included scribes from Queensland, NSW and Victoria. All agreed it was well worth the effort to make the trip to the Sunraysia region to catchup with a few old navy acquaintances from a bye-gone era.

The weekend officially began with a meet ‘n greet at Mildura’s RSL, where we were made very welcome by the club’s management team who provided an impressive spread for us to snack on while we enjoyed one or two refreshments, compliments of the Writers Association.

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On the Saturday morning, the group gathered at the Mildura wharf to board the paddleboat, Rothbury, for a trip along the Murray. On the way, we could enjoy the river scenery slip by with the stately river gums and wilting willows along the close riverbanks. We also got to observe the procedure for moving through one of the Murray’s locks, both the lowering down to the river’s level and rising up again on the way back.

Saturday night the group had to make alternative arrangements for our dinner, which originally was planned as an evening dinner cruise, but was cancelled through lack of minimum numbers. Again, the RSL came to the fore and set up a large, reserved table in a corner of their dining room where we all could enjoy some good-humoured interaction while putting away a great meal. Retiring to the club’s lounge afterwards provided more opportunity to relax with friends while keeping the bar staff busy.

Sunday morning was the beginning of another outstanding day on the river when we boarded a modern catamaran for a cruise downstream to the Trentham Winery. Team Scribes took over the top deck and wine barrel tables and enjoyed the skipper, D-Mac’s ice-cold beverages and platters, while experiencing the cool river breezes on the way to the winery. There, we partook of the superb, all-inclusive gourmet meal in the Trentham restaurant and afterwards, relaxed on the broad riverside lawns, before the trip back to Mildura.

Afterparties ensued as the Sunday afternoon turned to evening and everyone spread throughout the town, in particular, to the Hotel Grand and the impromptu mess, located in the penthouse suite of Room 12 at the fabulous Seven Pines Motel.

Most attendees wearily departed the following Monday morning, with the odd few remaining to unwind and relax with the tourist opportunities in and around Sunraysia.

What an all-round superb Scribes reunion, ably organised by SA scribe, Trevor Atkins, in the friendly, first-class venue of Mildura.

Sorry that, for various reasons, many of our fellow scribes were unable to be there.

Flashback Corner…!

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THE SCRIBBLER # 85

E NEWS – December 2021

President’s Update

This time last year we all hoped 2021 was going to be a better year, instead, many people are still doing it tough. So, what can you do to ease the pressures, or, if you are one of the fortunate people who finds them self in a good position, how did you make the most of these challenging times?

It appears we are emerging from the chrysalis of lock downs and restrictions and gaining our wings again. So onward and upward from here, we hope.

I reflect on the past two years and the trying and uncertain situation we all experienced. As we rise from this and realise the freedoms of travel and mass gathering we are gaining back in our lives, we can contemplate the visits to family and friends again. To this end, dear friends, we can rekindle our deliberations on the next RAN Writers Association reunion with a more predictable set of parameters and some certainty.

Since the last Scribbler the Committee has not been idle and has pressed on with collecting and collating Association files, membership details and documentation, updating the webpage, awards, and Facebook and looking at the way forward.  The way forward has certainly given fodder for debate and we have had some interesting discussions, I truly appreciate the respectful way that the Committee has raised these pertinent points. One of the basic points that is raised is the engagement with members and as such I invite all members to contribute something of interest for future Scribblers.  What does being a ‘Scribe’ mean to you? What are you doing now? What skills were transferrable to the Big Ship? What stories do you have? This will also enable the Association to create a picture of what a ‘Scribe’ is and was and where we fit.

On behalf of our Patron and the Association Committee I wish each and every one of you a safe and festive season. Looking forward to engaging with you in 2022.

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President’s Update 1

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 4

New Webpage 4

Maritime Personnel Community Update 5

Reunion 2022 – Advice 7

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 7

Maritime Personnel Training Update 8

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ??? 13

Request for Information 14

Farewells 16

Vale 19

Flashback Corner…! 20

Sponsors 24

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Association’s AGM was held on 07 October 2021 via Zoom due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts. Despite a small turn out the prerequisites to conduct an AGM were met which allowed our Association to meet the requirements of the ACT Association’s Act which necessitates an AGM and submission of documentation by 31 December each year.

The following Committee appointments were confirmed:

Role

Member Appointed

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Ordinary Committee Member

Steve Friend

Ordinary Committee Member

Matt Regan

Minutes of the AGM are attached.

New Webpage

Matt Regan has been busy developing a new Association webpage. The initial webpage has gone live – https://ranwriters.com

Watch this page in the new year for the next phase of the redevelopment which will improve useability and access to membership information. Don’t forget that the Association also has a social media presence on Facebook…

 

Maritime Personnel Community Update

By CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN Scribes,

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this edition of The Scribbler and let me say how much I enjoy reading each edition. It is great to see the sense of community embodied in your newsletter.

As you may be aware, the Maritime Personnel Community (MPC) was established in early 2021 initially comprising Maritime Human Resource Officers (MHRO) and Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Sailors. In Aug 21 the MPC was expanded to include Training Systems Officers (TS), Chaplain & Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officers (CHAP & MSWO), Management Executive Niche Officers (MX), Band Officers and Musicians (BAND & MUSN) and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs). Since then we have also added Navy Military Public Affairs Officers (PREL and MX Navy Information Effects).

Our Mission is to ‘Deliver personnel capability to prepare Naval Power in order to enable the joint force in Peace and War’. We work to achieve this through professional development, regular engagements to strengthen networking across our Community, and targeted activities such as the MPC Mentoring Program. My priority is to ensure full adoption of the Navy Mastery Model across our Community, and that Mastery becomes the language of Navy.

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Description automatically generated We have worked with an industry partner to develop a contemporary, inclusive identity for our diverse Community. I think it is distinct, nautical and bold. We are in the process of remodelling our web pages and material to incorporate this. We convened a planning workshop in Canberra during November with the Heads of Professional Requirements (HoPR) for the respective MPC workgroups to build momentum in developing a ‘Community of Practice’. I would like you to continue to be a part of that.

It fair to say that 2021 presented plenty of professional and personal challenges for many Australians. Whilst working from home became the norm, we adapted to embrace this and remain effective and highly productive. Our many IET students demonstrated great resilience in managing a quick transition to online learning, and we continued to progress nearly all continuum requirements virtually. As Head of Maritime Personnel Community I have been very impressed with the talent in our workforce and amongst those seeking to join us. It is a great sign for the future.

The third Maritime Human Resources Officer (MHRO) Application Course recently graduated with SBLT Jordan Fernance as Dux of the course. Additionally the Initial Maritime Personnel Operator course recently graduated with SMN Casey McBride as Dux of the course.

I expect 2022 to be a busier year again, focussed on Community growth, renewal of the MX workgroup and a Review of Navy’s Military Public Affairs workforce. I aim to get out and about to meet our people, with the first MPC engagement in March at the Sydney Maritime Museum. We will launch the MPC Excellence Awards Scheme and focus on networking, mentoring and Navy Mastery.

I wish you Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2022.

Reunion 2022 – Advice

As advised in the last edition at the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

As advised in our last edition the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

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Maritime Personnel (MPERS) training has continued despite multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and the prolonged lockdown which impacted the latter half of this year. Despite all odds the training provided to our Maritime HR Officers, Maritime Personnel Sailors and Naval Police Coxswains (yes you read that correct!) was of a consistently high standard and a credit to the Maritime Personnel School (MPS) team.

The students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Session 027 & 028 graduated from the Maritime Personnel School in September and November respectively.

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21)

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 028 (16 Aug – 12 Nov 21)

 

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21) – Student of Merit – SMN Jack Foulstone

The Initial Maritime HR Officer (MHRO) course session 005 graduated on 01 December 2021 following 14 weeks of virtual online training as a result of COVID-19 impacts. As a result of NSW restrictions easing a graduation ceremony was held in the First Fleet Mess, HMAS Kuttabul. Head of Professional Requirements, Captain Sue Cunningham was the VIP and Reviewing Officer. A small Maritime HR & PERS Workforce morning tea and networking event followed the graduation.

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A number of students remained virtual right until the very end and were not able to travel to attend the graduation. Simultaneous graduation presentations were made for LEUT Sophie Watt (WA), MIDN Mary Booth (NT) and MIDN Joshua Jung (QLD).

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Maritime HR Officer Application Course Session 003 – Sydney Graduation Ceremony Attendees

Acting Sub Lieutenant Jordan Fernance (left) was awarded the ‘RAN Writers Student of Merit Award’. Lieutenant Stacey Butters (2nd from the left) was awarded the Navy Human Resources Competency Framework Peer award.

Well done to the newest cohort of Navy’s Maritime HR Officers, welcome to the Fleet and we look to your contribution supporting Navy people and to the Association.

MPS provided training to three courses of NPC sailors who have or are posting to Minor Warfare Vessels (MWVs) on the fine art of PERS support and how the MWV NPCs work together with the Establishment MPERS sailors to support the ‘boat’ CO and their crew.

Looking to the future…

There is much happening in MPS as we look forward to 2022. The Initial MPERS course is in the process of being completely overhauled and redesigned. The redevelopment is focussed on the policy, procedure and practice principle and will include increased practical learning and tasks to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding. The implementation of the updated PMKeyS/Defence One ‘sandpit’ and initiatives such as STIX, which is an information sharing product which will be used for registry/records management will also be used in the training environment. We will finally be able to retire the LEXI Manual and convert to one system across the Fleet!

As we close the ledger for 2021 it has been a busy year delivering training and meeting Government directed COVID-19 Assist tasking – all overlaid with multiple lockdowns.

We farewelled LEUT Sean Cryer (ex CPOMPM/ML-P/WTR) who posted to Fleet HQ into Fleet Personnel Section. We also farewelled POMPS Kieran Wagner who posted as the Snr MPERS sailor HMAS Brisbane and POMPS Aaron Wheeler posted to HMAS Stalwart as their Snr MPERS sailor. We wish the boys the very best for their time in Fleet.

We welcomed LEUT Kylie Faulks to the team who joined post MHROAC and POMPS Brendan Matchett. We will see more new faces in 2022 as we get back into training – our first students are due to arrive at HMAS Cerberus, COVID-19 willing on 31 January 2022. The redeveloped MPO Initial Course is due to start 07 February 2022… There is a lot to do. Looking forward to sharing with you our 2022 journey next year…

Many thanks again to the Association for sponsoring the ‘Student of Merit’ awards across the entire School; your support and attendance at graduations ensures our future Scribers and leaders are appropriately recognised. The full list of 2021 recipients is provided below.

Keep safe and a very merry, safe and festive Christmas to all members!

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Maritime Personnel School Students of Merit 2021

Maritime Human Resources Officer Course

MHRO Course Session 2 – LEUT Laura Kelly

MHRO Course Session 3 – SBLT Jordan Fernance

Initial MPO Course

IMPO Course Session 25 – SMNMPO Emily Poole

IMPO Course Session 27 – SMNMPO Jack Foulstone

IMPO Course Session 28 – SMNMPO Casey McBride

Senior MPO Course

Senior MPO Course Session 29 – LSMPO Mardi Longford

Senior MPO Course Session 30 – LSMPO Taryn Peters

Senior MPO Course Session 31 – LSMPO Daniel Williams

Senior MPO Course Session 32 – LSMPO Nathan Gray

Supervisors Course

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 26 – POMPS Gemma Stratton

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 27 – LSMPO Dominique Taylor

Catching up with Harry Bird (Ex CPOWTR)

Penned by Association Treasurer Marc Henderson

I recently had the privilege of catching up with Harry Bird for a chat. For those who are not aware, Harry Bird assisted WO Alf Calder in the establishment of the Supply School at HMAS Cerberus in 1947 before completing the first Writers course in the newly opened school. Harry served from 1947 to 1959. A copy of Harry’s bio is contained in Dave Rickard’s book ‘The Pen is Mightier’. Harry was also a key contributor in recording the history of the Writer category.

Harry and I had a great chat for 15-20 mins discussing all matters of the Writer category spanning both his and my own career. Harry wanted me to let everyone know he is well and still lives in Sydney. Due to his age, he doesn’t get out and about much these days but I can tell you he can still carry a good conversation.

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ???

Penned by Association Committee Member Steve Friend

Everyone has the perfect dream job. For some its what you are doing now, for others it’s the next chapter. For me, it was to own a motel. Looking at the real estate markets today, you would think it was nothing more than a pipe dream, but if this is what you think you want to do, it may be more achievable than you believe, if you think outside the box.

One Saturday over a few schooners, a mate of mine was telling me about Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) and how you can basically use your money in the super account now, to set yourself up for later in life. Sure, there are a heap of rules surrounding them, but in short, you can buy real estate or equipment with your SMSF money, but not a business.

So for us, a Motel was ideal. Our SMSF could buy the real estate component of the motel and we could buy the business component outside of the SMSF. Great, we can achieve the dream, but the next decision was where does the dream exist. 97% of the population live within 1hr of the coast, and water beats dust every day, or so I thought. We looked and looked at options and with the price people were asking, all we could afford was a coastal motel lease, and as this did not involve buying the real estate, this wasn’t an option.

All of a sudden, the bush was attractive. After almost 2 years of research, we found our dream in a little town of Warracknabeal in Western Victoria. By creating a SMSF and pooling the money Mrs F and I both had in our own accounts, coupled with the profit we received from our house sale, we were able to buy the freehold of a lovely 11 suite motel with 3 bed house and another parcel of residential land for less than the cost of a lease on the coast.

Now a motel might not be your dream, but something involving real estate or equipment might be. If so, maybe the creation of a SMSF is something you haven’t ever considered, but can actually be used to help you achieve your dreams. Sure there are heaps of hoops to jump through to set it up, but the ability to use your money now, not when your allowed to access it normally, was a huge leg up for us and made our pipe dream a reality, as we would never have been able to achieve it without the creation of our SMSF.

If you think this sounds right for you, contact your financial adviser.

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Request for Information

Boyd Trevithick recently reached out to the Association seeking some assistance for information on his Father’s, Jack Trevithick, service as a Scribe.

Boyd provided a number of documents and the below picture of Jack in the hope of jogging someone’s memory:

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Jack is the gentleman in the middle of this picture.

Marc Henderson found the following in our webpage archives:

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Served in Cerberus until 18/9/1951, then Penguin until 14/7/1953,

Kuttabul until 22/1/1954 then joined the Sydney until 20/10/1955

where he was posted to Penguin until DEE 17/1/1957.

If you knew of Jack or have information please contact Boyd directly via email boydtrevithick@gmail.com

 

Farewells

Recognition for a Long Serving Scribe

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CPO Daniel ‘Spike’ Jones had his farewell from Permanent Navy (SERCAT 7) on Friday 5 Nov 21 at HMAS Harman after nearly 41 years of Service in our Navy. He was presented with his Navy Gold Medallion by CO HMAS Harman, CMDR Danielle Radnidge who also invited some senior MPMs to speak on Spike’s behalf.

WOMPM Jay Stevenson represented the MPERS Sailor Workgroup and Maritime Personnel Community thanked Spike for all his service as a Scribe. WO Stevenson then presented a letter of appreciation from the Head of the Maritime Personnel Community, CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN which recognised his support to Navy and our people. WOMPM Dennis Bentley also thanked Spike for his dedication and his Service and presented a letter of appreciation from the President of the RAN Writers Association on behalf of the Association.

 

There were around 40 people present for Spike’s farewell including multiple people he had served with over the years and multiple MPERS Sailors alike. Spike shared some stories about his Service on Ships and how much the roles and responsibilities of Scribes had continued to change over the years. He is looking forward to a different pace and pursuing some hobbies, but he will still be providing some ongoing Reserve Service. Spike joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit on 07 Jan 81, transferring to SMNWTR* in September that year. He has had numerous postings throughout his career, including the full spectrum of employment in his category (past and present), from shore establishments, ships, headquarters and operations. CPO Jones’ operational deployments include Operations Relex II, Catalyst, Falconer, Resolute and Slipper. 

With just under 41 years’ service to his country, this is an outstanding achievement, representing dedication, loyalty and sacrifice over a full career as a Scribe.

BZ Spike; thank you for your service!

Taken from an email sent by CPO Mark Mobley on 22 Oct 21:

♫ Hint:  Most of the italicized bits are song lyrics.  You are nearly all too young to remember Digby Wolfe and his closing song for each Review 61 television show.

 

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon – and taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up – the masquerade
Just make your mind up – the piper must be paid 

Well my friends, colleagues and shipmates the time has arrived.  After 54 years 9 months and 12 days, my service as a member of the Royal Australian Navy is about to end.  It has been one hell of a ride and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.  Would I do more time – yes I would.  Would I do it all again (warts and all) – Yes I think I would.  You can’t change history, you can only learn from it.

The party’s over – the candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night – it seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end, take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

To all those who have helped and encouraged me to never stop learning, especially over the last 20 years I offer my most sincere thanks.  You are too many too note individually but be assured I could not have done it without you.  To those who, in the last 8 years or so have thwarted my attempts to get the job done – BLAH! (They’re not cc’d on this message anyway) – it is enough to say that I was correct in my assertions and the fact that the job isn’t yet finished is their fault.

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

The Navy I leave is not the Navy I joined – it is no better, nor worse – just different.  The Navy is dynamic.  Like a ship’s design changing due to evolving technology so too does the Navy culture; for it too is dynamic.  The Navy is a microcosm of society in general but it has pressures placed upon it by its very nature that a civilian would not understand, therefore it is unfair to judge sailors by community standards.  

“For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know”

Clancy of the Overflow – A.B. Paterson, 1889

And just who are these paragons of society that have set themselves up as ‘perfect’?

Hold on, I feel a dummy spit coming on (that’s a projectile pacifier expulsion for my Canadian and American friends)  Where’s my volume of Kipling.  Deep breath, hold it!  Breathe out – All is OK.

 

Anyhow, the end is nigh.  In closing my favourite line from Shakespeare:

“If we should meet again, then we will smile. If not, then perhaps this parting was well made.”

Fair winds and following seas

Mark                                 

 

Mark MOBLEY

BZ Mark; thank you for your service! Once a Scribe always a Scribe!

 

 

Vale

Passing of LSWTR Tony Thredgold

Penned by Alan ‘Ajax’ Axford

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It is with great sadness & sorrow that I advise you all of the passing of Tony Thredgold, Ex Leading Writer, in early September. Tony was an active member of the “SA Scribes Contingent” & was on the committee of both the 2005 & 2018 Adelaide Reunions.

 

He was also a regular attendee at our midyear & Christmas get togethers. He would also attend any social gatherings that were organised at the spur of the moment for one reason or another.

Is health caused him problems in later life, but being confined to a wheelchair (due to a partial leg amputation), or having to use crutches, it didn’t prevent him from participating in our social functions.

 

He moved to the Swan Hill area of Central Victoria a couple of years ago to take up a more relaxing life in the country.

 

It was here that, due to ill health, he Crossed the Bar in September.

“Thredders”, as Tony was known to us is standing directly behind his wheelchair, looking at the picture, 4th person, left to right.

 

R.I.P. Tony

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Flashback Corner…!

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WTR Bungy Williams HMAS Melbourne – Navy News 1 May 1970

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POWTR R. Muir – Tarangau – Navy News 15 May 1970

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POWTR Gent – Vung Tau – Navy News 29 May 1970

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John Counsel and Rick Symons 0- HMAS Swan – Navy News 3 Apr 1970

 

 

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Warrack Motel

“You’re staying with Friends”

 


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2 Lyle St, Warracknabeal VIC 3393

03 5398 1633

http://www.warrackmotel.com.au

The Warrack Motel is the perfect location for tourists and work crews alike which is located in lovely Warracknabeal, Victoria.  It is situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, allowing guests to go fishing a mere 20m from their room, or to just relax in the pure ambience of the creekside setting.  The main street is only 500m from the Warrack, so pubs, supermarkets, and food options are well within walking distance, whilst the recreation centre is only 2 blocks away.  The presence of an on-site camp kitchen allows guests the ability to cook their own dinner, anything from a simple BBQ to a full-scale roast dinner, rather than having to eat out if they choose.  Similarly, bacon and eggs on the BBQ is a great way to start the day.

The motel is owned and operated by Steve & Michelle, who are committed to providing you with the good old fashioned friendly service as our Motto is “You’re staying with Friends”.

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The President and Committee wish all members and their families a safe and festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

THE SCRIBBLER # 85

E NEWS – December 2021

President’s Update

This time last year we all hoped 2021 was going to be a better year, instead, many people are still doing it tough. So, what can you do to ease the pressures, or, if you are one of the fortunate people who finds them self in a good position, how did you make the most of these challenging times?

It appears we are emerging from the chrysalis of lock downs and restrictions and gaining our wings again. So onward and upward from here, we hope.

I reflect on the past two years and the trying and uncertain situation we all experienced. As we rise from this and realise the freedoms of travel and mass gathering we are gaining back in our lives, we can contemplate the visits to family and friends again. To this end, dear friends, we can rekindle our deliberations on the next RAN Writers Association reunion with a more predictable set of parameters and some certainty.

Since the last Scribbler the Committee has not been idle and has pressed on with collecting and collating Association files, membership details and documentation, updating the webpage, awards, and Facebook and looking at the way forward.  The way forward has certainly given fodder for debate and we have had some interesting discussions, I truly appreciate the respectful way that the Committee has raised these pertinent points. One of the basic points that is raised is the engagement with members and as such I invite all members to contribute something of interest for future Scribblers.  What does being a ‘Scribe’ mean to you? What are you doing now? What skills were transferrable to the Big Ship? What stories do you have? This will also enable the Association to create a picture of what a ‘Scribe’ is and was and where we fit.

On behalf of our Patron and the Association Committee I wish each and every one of you a safe and festive season. Looking forward to engaging with you in 2022.

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President’s Update 1

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 4

New Webpage 4

Maritime Personnel Community Update 5

Reunion 2022 – Advice 7

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 7

Maritime Personnel Training Update 8

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ??? 13

Request for Information 14

Farewells 16

Vale 19

Flashback Corner…! 20

Sponsors 24

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Association’s AGM was held on 07 October 2021 via Zoom due to ongoing COVID-19 impacts. Despite a small turn out the prerequisites to conduct an AGM were met which allowed our Association to meet the requirements of the ACT Association’s Act which necessitates an AGM and submission of documentation by 31 December each year.

The following Committee appointments were confirmed:

Role

Member Appointed

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Ordinary Committee Member

Steve Friend

Ordinary Committee Member

Matt Regan

Minutes of the AGM are attached.

New Webpage

Matt Regan has been busy developing a new Association webpage. The initial webpage has gone live – https://ranwriters.com

Watch this page in the new year for the next phase of the redevelopment which will improve useability and access to membership information. Don’t forget that the Association also has a social media presence on Facebook…

 

Maritime Personnel Community Update

By CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN Scribes,

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to this edition of The Scribbler and let me say how much I enjoy reading each edition. It is great to see the sense of community embodied in your newsletter.

As you may be aware, the Maritime Personnel Community (MPC) was established in early 2021 initially comprising Maritime Human Resource Officers (MHRO) and Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Sailors. In Aug 21 the MPC was expanded to include Training Systems Officers (TS), Chaplain & Maritime Spiritual Wellbeing Officers (CHAP & MSWO), Management Executive Niche Officers (MX), Band Officers and Musicians (BAND & MUSN) and Physical Training Instructors (PTIs). Since then we have also added Navy Military Public Affairs Officers (PREL and MX Navy Information Effects).

Our Mission is to ‘Deliver personnel capability to prepare Naval Power in order to enable the joint force in Peace and War’. We work to achieve this through professional development, regular engagements to strengthen networking across our Community, and targeted activities such as the MPC Mentoring Program. My priority is to ensure full adoption of the Navy Mastery Model across our Community, and that Mastery becomes the language of Navy.

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We have worked with an industry partner to develop a contemporary, inclusive identity for our diverse Community. I think it is distinct, nautical and bold. We are in the process of remodelling our web pages and material to incorporate this. We convened a planning workshop in Canberra during November with the Heads of Professional Requirements (HoPR) for the respective MPC workgroups to build momentum in developing a ‘Community of Practice’. I would like you to continue to be a part of that.

It fair to say that 2021 presented plenty of professional and personal challenges for many Australians. Whilst working from home became the norm, we adapted to embrace this and remain effective and highly productive. Our many IET students demonstrated great resilience in managing a quick transition to online learning, and we continued to progress nearly all continuum requirements virtually. As Head of Maritime Personnel Community I have been very impressed with the talent in our workforce and amongst those seeking to join us. It is a great sign for the future.

The third Maritime Human Resources Officer (MHRO) Application Course recently graduated with SBLT Jordan Fernance as Dux of the course. Additionally the Initial Maritime Personnel Operator course recently graduated with SMN Casey McBride as Dux of the course.

I expect 2022 to be a busier year again, focussed on Community growth, renewal of the MX workgroup and a Review of Navy’s Military Public Affairs workforce. I aim to get out and about to meet our people, with the first MPC engagement in March at the Sydney Maritime Museum. We will launch the MPC Excellence Awards Scheme and focus on networking, mentoring and Navy Mastery.

I wish you Seasons Greetings and best wishes for 2022.

Reunion 2022 – Advice

As advised in the last edition at the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

As advised in our last edition the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

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Maritime Personnel Training Update

Maritime Personnel (MPERS) training has continued despite multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and the prolonged lockdown which impacted the latter half of this year. Despite all odds the training provided to our Maritime HR Officers, Maritime Personnel Sailors and Naval Police Coxswains (yes you read that correct!) was of a consistently high standard and a credit to the Maritime Personnel School (MPS) team.

The students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Session 027 & 028 graduated from the Maritime Personnel School in September and November respectively.

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21)

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 028 (16 Aug – 12 Nov 21)

 

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Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Course Session 027 (28 Jun – 17 Sep 21) – Student of Merit – SMN Jack Foulstone

The Initial Maritime HR Officer (MHRO) course session 005 graduated on 01 December 2021 following 14 weeks of virtual online training as a result of COVID-19 impacts. As a result of NSW restrictions easing a graduation ceremony was held in the First Fleet Mess, HMAS Kuttabul. Head of Professional Requirements, Captain Sue Cunningham was the VIP and Reviewing Officer. A small Maritime HR & PERS Workforce morning tea and networking event followed the graduation.

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A number of students remained virtual right until the very end and were not able to travel to attend the graduation. Simultaneous graduation presentations were made for LEUT Sophie Watt (WA), MIDN Mary Booth (NT) and MIDN Joshua Jung (QLD).

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Maritime HR Officer Application Course Session 003 – Sydney Graduation Ceremony Attendees

Acting Sub Lieutenant Jordan Fernance (left) was awarded the ‘RAN Writers Student of Merit Award’. Lieutenant Stacey Butters (2nd from the left) was awarded the Navy Human Resources Competency Framework Peer award.

Well done to the newest cohort of Navy’s Maritime HR Officers, welcome to the Fleet and we look to your contribution supporting Navy people and to the Association.

MPS provided training to three courses of NPC sailors who have or are posting to Minor Warfare Vessels (MWVs) on the fine art of PERS support and how the MWV NPCs work together with the Establishment MPERS sailors to support the ‘boat’ CO and their crew.

Looking to the future…

There is much happening in MPS as we look forward to 2022. The Initial MPERS course is in the process of being completely overhauled and redesigned. The redevelopment is focussed on the policy, procedure and practice principle and will include increased practical learning and tasks to enhance the student’s knowledge and understanding. The implementation of the updated PMKeyS/Defence One ‘sandpit’ and initiatives such as STIX, which is an information sharing product which will be used for registry/records management will also be used in the training environment. We will finally be able to retire the LEXI Manual and convert to one system across the Fleet!

As we close the ledger for 2021 it has been a busy year delivering training and meeting Government directed COVID-19 Assist tasking – all overlaid with multiple lockdowns.

We farewelled LEUT Sean Cryer (ex CPOMPM/ML-P/WTR) who posted to Fleet HQ into Fleet Personnel Section. We also farewelled POMPS Kieran Wagner who posted as the Snr MPERS sailor HMAS Brisbane and POMPS Aaron Wheeler posted to HMAS Stalwart as their Snr MPERS sailor. We wish the boys the very best for their time in Fleet.

We welcomed LEUT Kylie Faulks to the team who joined post MHROAC and POMPS Brendan Matchett. We will see more new faces in 2022 as we get back into training – our first students are due to arrive at HMAS Cerberus, COVID-19 willing on 31 January 2022. The redeveloped MPO Initial Course is due to start 07 February 2022… There is a lot to do. Looking forward to sharing with you our 2022 journey next year…

Many thanks again to the Association for sponsoring the ‘Student of Merit’ awards across the entire School; your support and attendance at graduations ensures our future Scribers and leaders are appropriately recognised. The full list of 2021 recipients is provided below.

Keep safe and a very merry, safe and festive Christmas to all members!

OIC MPS

Maritime Personnel School Students of Merit 2021

Maritime Human Resources Officer Course

MHRO Course Session 2 – LEUT Laura Kelly

MHRO Course Session 3 – SBLT Jordan Fernance

Initial MPO Course

IMPO Course Session 25 – SMNMPO Emily Poole

IMPO Course Session 27 – SMNMPO Jack Foulstone

IMPO Course Session 28 – SMNMPO Casey McBride

Senior MPO Course

Senior MPO Course Session 29 – LSMPO Mardi Longford

Senior MPO Course Session 30 – LSMPO Taryn Peters

Senior MPO Course Session 31 – LSMPO Daniel Williams

Senior MPO Course Session 32 – LSMPO Nathan Gray

Supervisors Course

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 26 – POMPS Gemma Stratton

Maritime Personnel Supervisors Course Session 27 – LSMPO Dominique Taylor

Catching up with Harry Bird (Ex CPOWTR)

Penned by Association Treasurer Marc Henderson

I recently had the privilege of catching up with Harry Bird for a chat. For those who are not aware, Harry Bird assisted WO Alf Calder in the establishment of the Supply School at HMAS Cerberus in 1947 before completing the first Writers course in the newly opened school. Harry served from 1947 to 1959. A copy of Harry’s bio is contained in Dave Rickard’s book ‘The Pen is Mightier’. Harry was also a key contributor in recording the history of the Writer category.

Harry and I had a great chat for 15-20 mins discussing all matters of the Writer category spanning both his and my own career. Harry wanted me to let everyone know he is well and still lives in Sydney. Due to his age, he doesn’t get out and about much these days but I can tell you he can still carry a good conversation.

Can a Pipe Dream Become a Reality ???

Penned by Association Committee Member Steve Friend

Everyone has the perfect dream job. For some its what you are doing now, for others it’s the next chapter. For me, it was to own a motel. Looking at the real estate markets today, you would think it was nothing more than a pipe dream, but if this is what you think you want to do, it may be more achievable than you believe, if you think outside the box.

One Saturday over a few schooners, a mate of mine was telling me about Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF) and how you can basically use your money in the super account now, to set yourself up for later in life. Sure, there are a heap of rules surrounding them, but in short, you can buy real estate or equipment with your SMSF money, but not a business.

So for us, a Motel was ideal. Our SMSF could buy the real estate component of the motel and we could buy the business component outside of the SMSF. Great, we can achieve the dream, but the next decision was where does the dream exist. 97% of the population live within 1hr of the coast, and water beats dust every day, or so I thought. We looked and looked at options and with the price people were asking, all we could afford was a coastal motel lease, and as this did not involve buying the real estate, this wasn’t an option.

All of a sudden, the bush was attractive. After almost 2 years of research, we found our dream in a little town of Warracknabeal in Western Victoria. By creating a SMSF and pooling the money Mrs F and I both had in our own accounts, coupled with the profit we received from our house sale, we were able to buy the freehold of a lovely 11 suite motel with 3 bed house and another parcel of residential land for less than the cost of a lease on the coast.

Now a motel might not be your dream, but something involving real estate or equipment might be. If so, maybe the creation of a SMSF is something you haven’t ever considered, but can actually be used to help you achieve your dreams. Sure there are heaps of hoops to jump through to set it up, but the ability to use your money now, not when your allowed to access it normally, was a huge leg up for us and made our pipe dream a reality, as we would never have been able to achieve it without the creation of our SMSF.

If you think this sounds right for you, contact your financial adviser.

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Request for Information

Boyd Trevithick recently reached out to the Association seeking some assistance for information on his Father’s, Jack Trevithick, service as a Scribe.

Boyd provided a number of documents and the below picture of Jack in the hope of jogging someone’s memory:

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Marc Henderson found the following in our webpage archives:

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Served in Cerberus until 18/9/1951, then Penguin until 14/7/1953,

Kuttabul until 22/1/1954 then joined the Sydney until 20/10/1955

where he was posted to Penguin until DEE 17/1/1957.

If you knew of Jack or have information please contact Boyd directly via email boydtrevithick@gmail.com

 

Farewells

Recognition for a Long Serving Scribe

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CPO Daniel ‘Spike’ Jones had his farewell from Permanent Navy (SERCAT 7) on Friday 5 Nov 21 at HMAS Harman after nearly 41 years of Service in our Navy. He was presented with his Navy Gold Medallion by CO HMAS Harman, CMDR Danielle Radnidge who also invited some senior MPMs to speak on Spike’s behalf.

WOMPM Jay Stevenson represented the MPERS Sailor Workgroup and Maritime Personnel Community thanked Spike for all his service as a Scribe. WO Stevenson then presented a letter of appreciation from the Head of the Maritime Personnel Community, CDRE Anthony Klenthis, CSC, RAN which recognised his support to Navy and our people. WOMPM Dennis Bentley also thanked Spike for his dedication and his Service and presented a letter of appreciation from the President of the RAN Writers Association on behalf of the Association.

 

There were around 40 people present for Spike’s farewell including multiple people he had served with over the years and multiple MPERS Sailors alike. Spike shared some stories about his Service on Ships and how much the roles and responsibilities of Scribes had continued to change over the years. He is looking forward to a different pace and pursuing some hobbies, but he will still be providing some ongoing Reserve Service. Spike joined the Navy as a Junior Recruit on 07 Jan 81, transferring to SMNWTR* in September that year. He has had numerous postings throughout his career, including the full spectrum of employment in his category (past and present), from shore establishments, ships, headquarters and operations. CPO Jones’ operational deployments include Operations Relex II, Catalyst, Falconer, Resolute and Slipper. 

With just under 41 years’ service to his country, this is an outstanding achievement, representing dedication, loyalty and sacrifice over a full career as a Scribe.

BZ Spike; thank you for your service!

Taken from an email sent by CPO Mark Mobley on 22 Oct 21:

♫ Hint:  Most of the italicized bits are song lyrics.  You are nearly all too young to remember Digby Wolfe and his closing song for each Review 61 television show.

 

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
They’ve burst your pretty balloon – and taken the moon away
It’s time to wind up – the masquerade
Just make your mind up – the piper must be paid 

Well my friends, colleagues and shipmates the time has arrived.  After 54 years 9 months and 12 days, my service as a member of the Royal Australian Navy is about to end.  It has been one hell of a ride and I have loved (almost) every minute of it.  Would I do more time – yes I would.  Would I do it all again (warts and all) – Yes I think I would.  You can’t change history, you can only learn from it.

The party’s over – the candles flicker and dim
You danced and dreamed through the night – it seemed to be right just being with him
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end, take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

To all those who have helped and encouraged me to never stop learning, especially over the last 20 years I offer my most sincere thanks.  You are too many too note individually but be assured I could not have done it without you.  To those who, in the last 8 years or so have thwarted my attempts to get the job done – BLAH! (They’re not cc’d on this message anyway) – it is enough to say that I was correct in my assertions and the fact that the job isn’t yet finished is their fault.

The party’s over – It’s time to call it a day
Now you must wake up, all dreams must end
Take off your makeup, the party’s over
It’s all over, my friend 

The Navy I leave is not the Navy I joined – it is no better, nor worse – just different.  The Navy is dynamic.  Like a ship’s design changing due to evolving technology so too does the Navy culture; for it too is dynamic.  The Navy is a microcosm of society in general but it has pressures placed upon it by its very nature that a civilian would not understand, therefore it is unfair to judge sailors by community standards.  

“For the drover’s life has pleasures that the townsfolk never know”

Clancy of the Overflow – A.B. Paterson, 1889

And just who are these paragons of society that have set themselves up as ‘perfect’?

Hold on, I feel a dummy spit coming on (that’s a projectile pacifier expulsion for my Canadian and American friends)  Where’s my volume of Kipling.  Deep breath, hold it!  Breathe out – All is OK.

 

Anyhow, the end is nigh.  In closing my favourite line from Shakespeare:

“If we should meet again, then we will smile. If not, then perhaps this parting was well made.”

Fair winds and following seas

Mark                                 

 

Mark MOBLEY

BZ Mark; thank you for your service! Once a Scribe always a Scribe!

 

Vale

Passing of LSWTR Tony Thredgold

Penned by Alan ‘Ajax’ Axford

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It is with great sadness & sorrow that I advise you all of the passing of Tony Thredgold, Ex Leading Writer, in early September. Tony was an active member of the “SA Scribes Contingent” & was on the committee of both the 2005 & 2018 Adelaide Reunions.

 

He was also a regular attendee at our midyear & Christmas get togethers. He would also attend any social gatherings that were organised at the spur of the moment for one reason or another.

Is health caused him problems in later life, but being confined to a wheelchair (due to a partial leg amputation), or having to use crutches, it didn’t prevent him from participating in our social functions.

 

He moved to the Swan Hill area of Central Victoria a couple of years ago to take up a more relaxing life in the country.

 

It was here that, due to ill health, he Crossed the Bar in September.

“Thredders”, as Tony was known to us is standing directly behind his wheelchair, looking at the picture, 4th person, left to right.

 

R.I.P. Tony

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Flashback Corner…!

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WTR Bungy Williams HMAS Melbourne – Navy News 1 May 1970

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POWTR R. Muir – Tarangau – Navy News 15 May 1970

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POWTR Gent – Vung Tau – Navy News 29 May 1970

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John Counsel and Rick Symons 0- HMAS Swan – Navy News 3 Apr 1970

 

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The Warrack Motel is the perfect location for tourists and work crews alike which is located in lovely Warracknabeal, Victoria.  It is situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, allowing guests to go fishing a mere 20m from their room, or to just relax in the pure ambience of the creekside setting.  The main street is only 500m from the Warrack, so pubs, supermarkets, and food options are well within walking distance, whilst the recreation centre is only 2 blocks away.  The presence of an on-site camp kitchen allows guests the ability to cook their own dinner, anything from a simple BBQ to a full-scale roast dinner, rather than having to eat out if they choose.  Similarly, bacon and eggs on the BBQ is a great way to start the day.

The motel is owned and operated by Steve & Michelle, who are committed to providing you with the good old fashioned friendly service as our Motto is “You’re staying with Friends”.

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The President and Committee wish all members and their families a safe and festive season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

THE SCRIBBLER #84

THE SCRIBBLER # 84

E NEWS – September 2021

President’s Update

Scribes (used as a collective noun)

Well COVID 19 is still with us and seems like it may be for sometime and with it lockdown and restrictions. I do hope everyone is coping especially in the harder areas. Many of us have been through this before and as such we will get through it this time. We would love to hear how you are getting on. Tried a new hobby, taking up guitar, brewed or found a new beer.

We have been doing an audit on our numbers and would appreciate your assistance. Also to conform with the association regulations we also doing an audit into assets and financials all prior to the AGM. Remember at an AGM all positions will be vacated so think hard about volunteering to be on the Committee.

More on all of this later in the Scribbler.

Since penning this, I have been advised we have lost one of our own to COVID 19. Our thoughts are with all his family and friends. We have also learnt of the passing of John Jefferson.

Look after yourself and family and friends in this strange time.

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President’s Update 1

Membership Validation 3

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 3

Association Update 4

Reunion 2022 – Advice 4

Military Salary for Reserves 4

Medical Status While Undertaking Reserve Service Days 5

Introduction of the New Maritime Multi-CAM Pattern Uniform (MMPU) 5

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide 6

Maritime Personnel Training Update 7

HR Personnel Urged to Align with the Best 10

Adelaide Ex-Scribes Luncheon 12

Farewells 13

Vale 15

Sponsors 17

Membership Validation

The association has recently conducted a membership audit in preparation for the next AGM. This will also assist to ensure we have accurate contact details for the website, news, etc. It has been a while since one of these activities has been undertaken. An email has been sent out to all known email addresses with a request to confirm member details. If you haven’t already replied to the email, please do so at your earliest convenience.

If you haven’t received an email then chances are we don’t have your current contact details.

All members are asked to provide the following information by 08 September via email to secretary@ranwriters.com:

  • Full name:
  • Preferred name:
  • Membership number (if known):
  • Membership status: Lifelong / Expired / Not sure (please indicate which best fits)
  • Address (either home or mailing address):
  • Mobile/Phone Number:
  • Email address:

If you have already replied and supplied your details, there is no need to resend them.

The audit also identified the following membership numbers have no accompanying data:

173,182,185,187,189,219,221,225,226,228,254,256,268,274,276,279,280,296,297

If you are one of these members – please reach out!

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

In order to comply with the ACT Association Act we are required to conduct an AGM after the end of the financial year and before 31 December.

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Thursday 07 October 2021 commencing at 1900 hrs

Meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Details to be forwarded to financial members via email.

Association Update

The Minutes of the last Association Committee meeting which was held on 17 June 2021 have been promulgated. A copy is attached to this edition of the Scribbler while we work to finalise the new and much improve webpage.

It was agreed out of session on 17 July 2021 by the Association Committee to approve the membership structure for FY21/22. The costs for membership will be as follows:

  • Lifelong membership – $110 
  • 1 year – $12 
  • 2 years – $24 
  • 3 years – $36  

The Association Committee also agreed to 1 year free membership to current serving members as a strategy to increase the membership of the Association. If this applies, reach out.

Matt Regan is busy working on setting up the membership database and costing schedule in the background of the new website which will be set-up to align to this pricing schedule. If your membership has lapsed or you are looking to join(!), we will let you know when it’s good to go!

Many thanks to Marc Henderson for finalising the Association’s returns for the FYs 19/20 and 20/21. These records will be able to financial members to view ahead of the upcoming next AGM.

Reunion 2022 – Advice

At the 17 June 2021 Association Committee meeting in light of the ongoing impacts COVID-19 is having across Australia and the risk of conducting larger scale events, it was decided to pursue smaller and localised events. More to follow in this space…

Military Salary for Reserves

ADF revised the military salary for reserves in May this year. Within the reserve salary there is a rolled-in universal allowance that now covers uniform allowance. Henceforth, SERCAT 3 & 5 personnel no longer have an entitlement to the gratuitous issue/exchange of non-combat uniforms. The ability to exchange combat uniforms remains extant.

 

Medical Status While Undertaking Reserve Service Days

The Directorate of Navy Career Management, in conjunction with the Directorate of Navy Health, Director General Garrison Health and Director General Navy People have reviewed the policy surrounding employment of SERCAT 3 & 5 members on Reserve Service Days (RSD). The review concluded that SERCAT 3 & 5 members with an employable MEC undertaking RSD represent minimal risk in the non-deployed environment in the short-term, regardless of having an in-date PHE. An employable MEC includes J1X, J2X, M2X, J3X and J42.

 

Accordingly, with immediate effect:

 

  • Postings in the non-deployed environment for SERCAT 3 & 5 members, with an employable MEC can now be made where a member’s MEC has expired for a period of up to and including two years,
  • Members cannot be posted beyond two years from their medical expiry date, and
  • Posting in the deployed environment must meet extant Navy Policy, Fleet Heath Instructions and CJOPS Directive 28/17 Direction to Personnel Deploying on CJOPS Operations and Exercises.

Introduction of the New Maritime Multi-CAM Pattern Uniform (MMPU)

The following is an extract of the policy for the entitlement, issue and management of the new MMPU, as a replacement for the Disruptive Pattern Navy Uniform (DPNU).

The intent is for all serving Navy personnel (including Reservists and Australian Navy Cadets) to receive MMPU at Commonwealth expense. The MMPU will be delivered to regional Clothing Stores and Fleet Logistic Support Elements for issue to members through a staged rollout plan. The rollout of MMPU across Navy is expected to commence in Oct 21 in the North Queensland and Darwin regions. The full rollout plan will be available once validation of MMPU delivery dates are confirmed with all stakeholders. More to follow…

Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

The Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide was established on 8 July 2021. Under the Letters Patent, the Royal Commissioners are required to produce an interim report by 11 August 2022 and a final report by 15 June 2023. The Letters Patent set out the Royal Commissioners’ terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Veteran Suicide is an opportunity to learn and strengthen the approach to the mental health and welfare of our people. Submissions are open now until the end of March 2022, and we encourage you to participate via the Royal Commission website.

Defence has established a Taskforce within Associate Secretary Group and headed by Air Vice-Marshal Barbara Courtney to coordinate our response. For information about the Royal Commission and our response, please visit the RCDVS intranet page.

We acknowledge the Royal Commission may impact on our people and their families. Your welfare and the welfare of those around you is our priority. Support is always available, through your chain of command, your supervisors and through the following services:

• All Hours ADF support line on 1800 628 036

• The Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608

• 1800 IM SICK (1800 467 425)

• The Employee Assistance Program (1300 687 327 (1300 OUR EAP)), and

ADF Chaplaincy, Religious and Spiritual Services

• If life is in danger, please call 000.

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Maritime Personnel (MPERS) training has continued despite multiple COVID-19 lockdowns and a period of isolation for the Maritime Personnel School (MPS) staff and the students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator (aka Initial Scribes course) Session 0027… to their credit they showed great resilience during their 14 day isolation period and once training was able to resume, recommenced training online with the MPS instruction team.

The students of Initial Maritime Personnel Operator Session 026 graduated in June 2021 during another Victoria lockdown. The ceremony was conducted in a COVID-19 safe manner in the ‘Wardroom’ section of the Training Authority-Maritime Logistics and Health Simulator as HMAS Cerberus – pic below. The ceremony was also conducted in the virtual space as a number of students were on tasking to Operation COVID-19 Assist in Melbourne CBD. Unfortunately the students departure from Cerberus was delayed due to travel restrictions – all posted out of Cerberus less than two weeks later to take up postings across Navy and in the Fleet.

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The class of Initial MPO 026 are fallen as part of their graduation ceremony watched both in person and virtually.

Seaman Emily Poole was award the ‘RAN Writer’s Student of Merit’ award for session 026. BZ Emily and welcome to the Scribe family!

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The Initial Maritime HR Officer (MHRO) course session 003, the Navy’s new Officer cohort of HR and PERS specialists, graduated on 27 May 2021 from their 15 week Initial Employment Training/Application Course from Cerberus. The students were lucky to have graduated and departed Cerberus ahead of another Victorian metro lockdown which commenced 24 hours later.

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Sub Lieutenant Laura Kelly (left) was awarded the ‘RAN Writers Student of Merit Award’. Lieutenant Mi Tang was awarded the Navy Human Resources Competency Framework Peer award.

Well done to the newest cohort of Navy’s Maritime HR Officers, welcome to the Fleet and we look to your contribution supporting Navy people and to the Association.

HR Personnel Urged to Align with the Best

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Members of the Maritime Personnel Community are encouraged to engage with the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), the professional body for human resources (HR) in Australia, to have their professional experience recognised.

Maritime HR Officers (MHRO) and Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Sailors were established in 2020 as a key component of Navy’s transformation of workforce management and have opportunities to contemporise and refine HR skills and knowledge through the AHRI’s programs.

AB Mara Johnsen, part of the MPERS team at HMAS Waterhen, is undertaking the AHRI Certificate IV in HR, and is part of the mentoring program.

“I am just over halfway through the course and have really enjoyed learning about building and developing talent, and performance management,” AB Johnsen said.

“This has developed my understanding of the importance of managing others, helping build their careers and supporting them to build the future of our branch.”

CMDR Kristen Watts started her career in Navy as a MWO, however, after postings as a Career Manager and as XO HMAS Harman, CMDR Watts developed a strong interest in human resources, and she transferred to MHRO. She is now Chief of Staff Future Navy Workforce.

CMDR Watts has been certified and recognised as a fellow by AHRI, the highest level of professional membership.

“I really enjoyed the AHRI certification and fellowship process, which not only gave me professional recognition, but was a rare opportunity to personally reflect on and appreciate my experience and career achievements,” CMDR Watts said.

“I have ongoing involvement with the AHRI through their networking events and I have also joined their mentoring program as a mentor.”

Being involved with AHRI enables MHROs and MPERSs to match their experience and skills against globally benchmarked industry standards for HR professionals.

It benefits Navy HR specialists to be part of a collaborative environment and strengthen relationships with the broader Australian HR industry.

The development of the Maritime Personnel Community is also in line with the broader APS HR Professional Stream, launched in October 2019 by the APS Commissioner.

The strategy supports the establishment of a professional stream which identifies core, long-term capability needs, standards and career pathways.

“Bringing together, investing in, and building our expert HR community, benefits the development of all Navy people,” CMDR Watts said.

 

Adelaide Ex-Scribes Luncheon

 

The South Australian contingent of Ex-Scribes met in July, in Adelaide over lunch, at a gathering at the Strathmore Hotel.

 

This luncheon is one of two, organised each year by John “Chuck” Trafford & has a regular attendance of a dozen or more ex-scribes each time.

 

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Those in attendance at this luncheon, as shown in the photo below, are as follows from left to right:-

Nick Geyer, Alan “Ajax” Axford, Rear Admiral (Rtd) Kevin Scarce, AO SCS, Bruce Hambour, Garry “Senior” Kinnear, Dave “Rick” Rickard, Michael “The Colonel” Kelleher, Greg “Junior” Kinnear, Trevor Atkins, Trevor “Barney” Barnes (partly hidden), Peter “Simmo” Simpson, and Bob Pritchard

Those absent from this gathering, but have attended previous luncheons were:-

 

                David Keig

                Tony Thredgold

                Brian “BJ” Tucker

                Brian Gorringe

                Jim Harris

                Mick Feutrill

                Alan “Wettex” Curtain

                Marty Grogan

 

The above group, consists of various ranks & ratings & despite Covid-19 restrictions, we were able to sit, eat & drink to our hearts content.

 

Many a tall tale was exchanged as the afternoon wore on, & even though some had been related at previous gatherings, the stories or “dits” held a very captive audience.

 

The next planned luncheon will be held in early December (Covid) permitting, to celebrate Xmas 2021.

Farewells

Recognition for a Long Serving Scribe

By Warrant Officer Marc Henderson

On Thursday 22 Jul 21, I had the pleasure of attending the retirement ceremony for Chief Petty Officer Maritime Personnel Manager Jodie Fuller.

Jodie joined the Navy as a Recruit Writer on 25 Jun 1985 and over the last 36 years has undertaken numerous postings both at sea and ashore across the full spectrum of Writer/MPM employment. During her career she has witnessed and experienced so much change in the Navy. Similarly, the role of the Writer Category has also seen significant change from technological advances to workgroup name changes and the creation of a stand alone Maritime Personnel Community.

Serving the nation is a cornerstone of the commitment made by people when they join the Navy. Jodie is an outstanding example of someone who has put nation before self and has always been one to put her hand up to serve and volunteer. She has experienced Australian Bicentennial activities, community engagement with Legacy, Exercise Long Look, International Fleet Review to highlight a few. She has completed operational service in East Timor and the Middle East.

It was fitting that Jodie’s last posting in the permanent Navy was as a member of Career Management providing services to sailors and officers. CDRE Matt Buckley (Director General Navy People) highlighted that Jodie’s contribution to the welfare of Navy people over her career was significant. He also acknowledged the sacrifices she has made over this time and also thanked her family who were present. CDRE Buckly then presented Jodie with her service medallion to recognise her service followed shortly after by farewell gifts from her work colleagues.

 

In a first for the RAN Writers Association, I represented our President Mark ‘Blue’ Worrall at the retirement ceremony. I presented her with a letter from Blue that passed best wishes to Jodie and her family on behalf of the association and its members. She was also presented with an association coin in recognition of her long and valued service to Writer/Maritime Personnel workgroup.

In her response, Jodie thanked all for attending before recounting some key stories and events in her career. Jodie will complete her full time service on 2 Aug 21 before transferring to Service Category 3 where she will continue her service in a part time capacity. She of course will enjoy a well-deserved break with her family first.

 

BZ Jodie and family; thank you for your service!

 

Vale

ISAAC BLACK

We regret to advise the passing of Ex LSWTR Isaac Black 8107351 who lost his long battle with bowel cancer, aged 41 years.

Isaac joined the RAN in Apr 1997 where he served as a Writer in establishments; HMA Ships Albatross and Stirling, Frigate HMAS Adelaide and Defence Force Recruiting.

Issac transferred to the RAAF as a Dog Handler in 2003 before perusing a civilian career in Oct 2012. Isaac was described as a family man, a remarkable person who was incredibly kind and touched everyone he met.

Issac is survived by his wife Michelle and two young daughters.

RIP Issac, your watch is done.

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KEVIN MORRIS

We learned from Kevin’s wife, Jacqueline Morris on 21 August 21 that Kevin had sadly passed away on 18 August 2021. Jacqueline advised that Kevin was in bad health before contracting COVID-19 – and unfortunately was unable to fight off the COVID-19 virus.

RIP Kevin.

Bob Collins

Brian “BJ” Tucker asked the Association to pass on to you all the notification of the passing of a very good & “salty” friend of his, Bob Collins.

BJ & Bob served together in the early 60’s & remained close friends from then on.

I served with Bob in the Hobart on Vietnam voyage 1968. BJ indicated Bob was a great bloke who he could relate many stories about.

Bruce Hambour provided the following about Bob from an abstract from his book he has been writing.

I could tell many stories of events in Olongopo but shall leave it to one when my POWTR, commonly known as Black Bob because of he spent many hours sun tanning on the way to Vietnam and our PO Cook Bill Warnecke, were with some other guys in a two story bar consuming a multitude of drinks when the waiter tried to overcharge them for their drinks which caused them to get very upset and defend their cause against a belligerent waiter. A fight broke out and the waiter was thrown out the first floor window and they escaped the venue by swinging chairs above their heads. After absconding to another bar a waitress came up to them saying that she knew what they had done because the police were looking for them. They remained hidden and were never discovered nor did they ever find out what had happened to the poor waiter that was trying to rip them off.

 

May our fellow shipmate RIP and may God bring peace and comfort to his grieving family.

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John Jefferson

It is with sadness we also advise of the passing of Association member, John Jefferson, who passed away on 08 August 2021.

RIP John – your watch is done.

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http://www.warrackmotel.com.au

The Warrack Motel is the perfect location for tourists and work crews alike which is located in lovely Warracknabeal, Victoria.  It is situated on the banks of the Yarriambiack Creek, allowing guests to go fishing a mere 20m from their room, or to just relax in the pure ambience of the creekside setting.  The main street is only 500m from the Warrack, so pubs, supermarkets, and food options are well within walking distance, whilst the recreation centre is only 2 blocks away.  The presence of an on-site camp kitchen allows guests the ability to cook their own dinner, anything from a simple BBQ to a full-scale roast dinner, rather than having to eat out if they choose.  Similarly, bacon and eggs on the BBQ is a great way to start the day.

The motel is owned and operated by Steve & Michelle, who are committed to providing you with the good old fashioned friendly service as our Motto is “You’re staying with Friends

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Throwback Thursday – 03 June 2021

Throwback Thursday – 03 June 2021

Throwback Thursday 03 June 2021

 

Last weeks throwback Thursday is looking back at the Basic Writer Course Session 114 (16 Jan 95 – 12 May 95) and the Initial Writer Course Session 221 (29 Apr 05 – 10 Jun 05). Can you spot any faces you know?

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Throwback Thursday – 24 May 2021

Throwback Thursday – 24 May 2021

Throwback Thursday 24 May 2021

 

Last weeks throwback Thursday is looked back at the Initial Writers Course session 006 (13 September – 19 November 2010) and the Intermediate Writers Course session 006 (28 March – 15 April 2011).

 

We also threw back & looked back at the Commanding Officers Secretary PJT (25 – 29 Nov 02) and the Initial Writers Course session 247 (10 Sep – 16 Nov 07). Great to see Sharon and a few more familiar faces – some young and some more mature faces!

 

 

Intermediate Writers Course Sesson 006

COSEC PJT 15 19 NOV 2002

Initial Writers Course 247

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Scribbler # 83 – May 2021

The Scribbler # 83 – May 2021

SCRIBBLER # 83.    May 2021

 


Maritime Personnel

E NEWS

 

Welcome to Scribbler #83. I know in the previous newsletter we acknowledged the tough times (Bushfires, Floods, Storms, Covid-19, lockdowns and closed borders) that have affected many families in 2020. Sadly, this has not abated and now more than ever we need to rally and ensure all our fellow Scribes and families are safe and well.

 

Annual General Meeting

The AGM was held 31 March 2021 via Zoom – well done to the team for bring us into the virtual age.  It was great to see a number of faces online.  The Minutes of the AGM can be found either on Facebook or at Attachment B.

Reserves amongst us

New Email Address for Reserve cells– Earlier this year NPCMA transitioned into two directorates – Career Management and Navy Career Performance & Support and now come under the new title of Career Management – Navy (CM-N). With this change and the renaming of each RRO to TWS, all reserve offices changed their email address. The new emails are navytws.(State e.g. qld, act, nsw  etc) @defence.gov.au  Please update your records as the old email is no longer valid and will not be delivered.

 

Posting Paperwork FY21/22. In preparation for all new postings for the upcoming financial year, each reservist who is Service Category (SERCAT) 3 or 5 will need to complete the following two forms:

  • AE585 Reserve Health Declaration, and
  • AE959 ADF Reserve Service Day Allocation Form.

Maritime Personnel

Maritime Personnel (MPERS) Community 

The exciting evolution and growth of the MPERS Community is in full swing. Congratulations to the graduates of the Senior
Maritime Personnel Operator Course – session 0030 on Friday 30 April.  Many thanks to Marc Henderson who represented the Association Committee.  Pictures are included on the ‘Maritime Personnel School’ update page.

 

Reunion 2022 – Expression of Interest

 

Expressions of Interest for attendance at the next National Reunion, to be held in 2022, are being requested to assist in the planning.

Please respond via the survey attached, to the nominated email address of:-  friendlypeople@bigpond.com by the 31st of May.  Further copies of the reunion Survey form can be located on either Facebook or at Attachment A.

 

MARITIME PERSONNEL SCHOOL (MPS) UPDATE

It has been a busy start to the year for the MPS team.  MPS was established in March 2020 as part of the professionalisation of HR and PERS support across Navy, and is now headed up by a Maritime HR Officer, former Scribe, and now Association Secretary, Andy Maskell. 

Andy is supported by another former Scribe, now LEUT Sean Cryer, LEUT Megan Haines and CPO Renee Thorpe.  The MPERS instructors are POs Kieran Wagner and Aaron Wheeler, and LS Chelsea Berry, Erin Kelly and Kasey Brooks.

MPS provides training to both the Maritime HR Officer and Maritime PERS sailor workgroups from HMAS Cerberus, B Block.  Training for all initial employment training (aka baby courses) is face-to-face.  The Senior MPO (AB to LS – aka Intermediate) and MPERS Supervisor (LS to PO – aka Advanced) courses are delivered virtually. 

From June this year MPS will again be providing training to Senior Sailor MPERS ahead of returning to sea after the COSEC PJT was removed from the continuum in 2018, and also train Minor Warfare Vessel LS/PONPCs in the fine (and often dark) arts of PERS support noting there is no MPERS sailors within the MWV scheme of complement. 

MPS moved from its former home in A Block into the newly renovated B Block in late 2020 to allow for the refurbishment of A Block back into Wardroom accommodation. Check out B Block!  Many thanks to Captain Morthorpe, CO HMAS Cerberus for his incredible photo and approval to use it.

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As one of the newest schools in the RAN the MPS team have recently released their mission and vision statement to support their separation from Log and to set a clear navigational track for the school’s future:

 MPS Mission

It is great to see our school taking shape as a separate identify forging the next chapter in our Navy’s history books and providing first rate training to our current and future HR and PERS workforce.

 

Throwback Thursday (#tbt) – You might have seen via Facebook and the Association webpage a new initiative from the MPS team – it’s called ‘throwback Thursday’ #tbt 

The idea around #tbt is to share photos of post and current Scribes…  If you see a mate tag them and get them engaged in the Association.

A few #tbt pics which are available on the Association webpage and Facebook…

 

TBT

TBT2

 

In other news…  and pics!

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Students from the Initial MPO course conducting a team building activity with MPS MPERS staff (07 May 21)

 

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Maritime HR Officer students meet virtual with Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Klenthis, CSC, RAN

 

POMPSKieranWagnerStudents from the Initial MPO course conducting a team building activity with MPS MPERS staff (07 May 21)

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Attachment A

Reunion Survey

The RAN Writers Association is considering hosting a Reunion in 2022.  To enable the Association to gauge interest and make an informed decision, in particular with respect to the location you are kindly requested to complete the following questions and return to email friendlypeople@bigpond.com by 30 May 21.

1.            Are you interested in attending a reunion in 2022?            Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

2.            Mildura has been suggested as the location for the next reunion to offer a regional city for something different, which is reasonably central for access, with direct flights from Melbourne.  Are you:

  • Happy with this option ? (please circle) YES   or   NO; or
  • Prefer another location such as: _______________________________________

3.            Fri 11th – Sun 13th March 2022 has been proposed as it is a long weekend for SA, ACT, TAS & VIC.

  • Does this date suit?                                         Yes / No  / Unsure at this time
  • What date/s would you prefer? ______________________________________________

4.            Would you be planning to attend with a partner?              Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

5.            What events and/or activities would you like to see included in the program?

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6.            Are you a willing volunteer to assist in the planning and execution?          Yes / No  / Unsure at this time

7.            Comments/Further feedback

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Contact details:

Name:                            ______________________________________________

Phone Number:               ______________________________________________

Email address:                ______________________________________________

 

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Attachment B

 

 

MINUTES OF THE

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY WRITERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

HELD TUESDAY 31 MARCH 2021 HOSTED VIA ZOOM

Attendance

Mark Worrall                                      President (Meeting Chair)

Mark Mobley

Andrew Beales

Alan Axford

Peter Stone

Steve Friend

Matt Regan

Terry Young

Jaylene Byrne

Andrew Maskell                               Acting Secretary

Jay Stevenson

Ben Lovett

Apologies

Brian Eagles

Marc Henderson

  • President’s Acknowledgement of Country. The President, Mark Worrall opened the meeting at 1904 hrs by providing an acknowledgement of country, pays his respects on behalf of the RAN Writers Association to the elders past, present and emerging, acknowledging their connections to land, sea and community. He also extended his respects on behalf of the Association to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have served and continue to serve today.
  • In accordance with the Association Model Rules, Rule # 18 it was agreed a quorum to conduct an AGM was met.
  • The President outlined he had recently met with Commodore Klenthis, the Head of Maritime Personnel Community (HMPC), and advised that the Committee had agreed to transfer the patronage of the Association from the Head of the Maritime Logistics Community, CDRE Ottaviano, to HMPC following the Scribes transition from the Logistics Community to the newly formed Maritime Personnel Community in March 2020.  The President outlined that HMPC indicated he is very keen to ensure the current HR and PERS workforce is connected to the Association and the Association to today’s Navy, and that he is very honoured to be the Association’s patron. 

3.            On behalf of the acting Treasurer Dale Tomes, , who stepped into the role following an illness of Leonard ‘Knocker’ White, has been recently unfortunately ill himself and undergone surgery. The President provided a summary of the current financial state of the Association accounts held with the Australian Military Bank.  He advised a more thorough report of the Association’s financial status will be provided following the handover of the role.  The balances as at 31 Mar 21 are as follows:

  • $1987.48
  • $27961.20
  • The President advised there had been minimum transactions in FY 19/20 and in the fiscal year 2020 due to COVID-19 impacts on the activities of the Association.  He also advised that the ‘Advance’ account had a NIL balance explaining this account was used to advance monies from the other accounts for events such as Reunions, enabling the event organisers more ready access to funds.
  • The President thanked Leonard for his contribution as Treasurer and more broadly to the Association, and wished him a speedy recovery.
  • Election of Office Bearers and Ordinary Committee Members. The outgoing President Mark Worrall declared all positions vacant as part of the AGM proceedings as well as formally standing down as the President, and passed the meeting over to Andrew Maskell, Acting Secretary and Voting Returns Officer.  Andrew Maskell advised that five nominations had been received as shown below:

Role

Nominee

Nominated by

Seconded by

President

Mark Worrall

Marc Henderson

Andrew Maskell

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Andrew Maskell

Mark Worrall

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Mark Worrall

Andrew Maskell

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Marc Henderson

Mark Worrall

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

Michael Kelleher

Peter Simpson

  • Andrew Maskell advised that in accordance with the Association Model Rule # 13 if there were no other nominations from the AGM the personnel nominated would be duly appointed.  There was no further nominations and the following members were confirmed:

Role

Nominee

President

Mark Worrall

Vice President

Jaylene Byrne

Treasurer

Marc Henderson

Secretary

Andrew Maskell

Ordinary Committee Member

Alan Axford

  • Mark Worrall assumed the President’s role having been returned for a further term.  Following a further conversation the two vacant Ordinary Committee member roles were filled by Matt Regan and Steve Friend.  The President thanked the outgoing Committee for their dedicated and loyal service, and welcomed the newly appointed committee.

 

Other Business

  • Membership Eligibility. It was discussed that the Committee had agreed in 2020 after being approached by Head of Maritime Personnel Community, Commodore Klenthis, the Association’s Patron) to extend membership to the newly established Maritime Human Resources Officers (MHROs) in addition to the Maritime Personnel Sailors (following the name change on 05 March 2020 from ML-P).  This agreement included the sponsorship of the Dux of the MHRO Application course.   It was agreed at the AGM to further support and formalise this decision.  It was discussed options for the perpetual trophies for both MHRO and MPERS are being explored and will be finalised this year.  Steve Friend indicated he remains committed to the sponsorship he offered last year from the Warrack Motel for the trophies.  The President thanked Steve for the Warrack Motel’s kind sponsorship. 
  • It was discussed that all opportunities to educate our current HR and PERS workforce on the benefits of the Association and how members can join be exploited.  It was discussed that the Association attendance at Maritime Personnel School and Maritime Personnel Community events may support this.  Andrew Maskell agreed in his role as the OIC of the Maritime Personnel School to take this for action.  Jay Stevenson advised he has a draft article outlining the ML-P to MPERS transition which occurred in March 2020 to publish and the upcoming MPC community events would also provide another means to connect with the younger members.  The President in particular thanked Ben Lovett who graduated in late 2020 for his attendance.
  • Membership Fees. It was discussed that the Association has limited revenue streams as a result of the offering of a lifelong membership option a number of years ago and as a result of the decline of the new membership and the collection of membership fees.  It was agreed to restructure the membership fees to offer a smaller annual fee with the intention of enticing younger members to join and a lifelong membership fee.  Matt Regan advised this can easily be set-up on the webpage and offered to do this once the Committee had agreed on the new membership fee structure.  It was clarified that previous paid lifelong memberships would remain current and not have to repay. 
  • Webpage and Communications. The meeting was advised that the Maritime Personnel School were providing historical information of Scribes training as part of their Throwback Thursday communications strategy, which is published on the Associations webpage and then shared across Facebook.  It was discussed that this means may not be reaching the widest audience who are not on Facebook or who have trouble navigating the current Association webpage.  It was agreed to reinstate the ‘Scribbler’ as an e-newsletter via email, providing links to the pages and posts on the Association webpage as well as a summary.
  • It was discussed that the current webpage requires a significant refresh and that a lot of information was not currently available which is hosted on the retired site.  Matt Regan advised he has been working on a new site, but in order to launch the new site and to provide the mechanism for the Association to send out e-newsletters via email it required the separation of a domain for a one-off cost of $49.95 USD.  It was agreed to expend the funds to do this at the first opportunity.  It was also agreed for Matt Regan to investigate and provide an estimate on the cost (to the Committee) to transcribe and transfer the data from the old webpage.
  • Future Reunion Planning. It was discussed that the Reunion is a fantastic event for the Association to meet and connect. After a discussion it was agreed to investigate a date for mid-late 2022 allowing 18 months for planning and the vaccination program for COVID-19 to be rolled out.  It was agreed to discuss this further at the Committee meeting level.
  • With there being no further business the President thanked all for their attendance, again thanked the outgoing Committee for their service, and indicated he looked forward to working with the new Committee and reinvigorating the Association.

17.                   The meeting was closed at 2000 hrs.

 

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