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HAVE you ever wanted to tell air-
crew where to go? Well this could be
Opportunities are now availa-
ble to undertake vital, exciting and
challenging work as a Geospatial
Imagery-Intelligence Analyst (GIA)
under a new initiative endorsed by
CAF AIRMSHL Mark Binskin.
Expressions of Interest (EOIs)
are being called from members of
LAC/W to SGT rank from all mus-
terings for three-year Any Airman
(ANYA) postings in GIA duties.
Upon selection and gaining a
top secret clearance, members will
undergo 16 weeks of training, fol-
lowed by a three-year posting in
GIA duties, at their current rank and
pay.GIAs are involved in the selec-
tion of targets, preparation of mate-
rials to guide aircrew and weapons
to their targets, and other critical
combat and intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance (ISR)
GIAs analyse still and video
imagery for intelligence and
operations purposes. They moni-
tor unmanned aerial vehicle video
feeds, conduct Battle Damage
Assessments after air strikes, assess
the collateral damage a weapon will
do if dropped, and recommend the
appropriate weapon for use against
AIRMSHL Binskin said the
mustering was important now and
for the future of Air Force and
encouraged airmen and command-
ers to support the new initiative.
"GIAs were among the first Air
Force personnel to deploy to the
Middle East, and have been there
ever since," CAF said.
"Whenever you see video foot-
age from aircraft over a warzone,
there is a good chance a GIA was
the one watching to determine what
was happening. Whenever you see
photographs with arrows and notes
showing buildings and equipment
damaged by air strikes, GIAs ana-
lysed them, determined how much
damage was done, and put those
notes on the image.
"I have been keen to find a
way to expand GIA numbers for
the short and long terms and I am
pleased to support this new initia-
tive, which seeks to increase GIA
numbers quickly to relieve the pres-
sure on the mustering.
"It will also provide an easy
pathway for airmen interested in
remustering to GIA, but uncertain
whether to make the change, to
remuster if they choose."
Initial GIA training is con-
ducted in Edinburgh or Canungra,
with many opportunities for further
training overseas. Work locations
include RAAF Bases Amberley,
Williamtown and Edinburgh, and
Applicants are likely to deploy
during their posting.
On completion of their term,
members can return to their current
mustering or, if assessed as suitable,
opt to remuster permanently to GIA.
This is an opportunity to 'try
before you buy'. Members will ben-
efit from full recognition of prior
learning (RPL) and experience
For further information on the ANYA
GIA initiative and the EOI, see People
Central Hot Jobs, or contact SQNLDR
Matt Barnett in Project CASPER, on
(02) 6266 7768.
AN 'Airman's Knowledge Base' will be
an exciting new feature of the Air Force
intranet site when it is upgraded over
Planned redevelopment of the site
will incorporate the feature, which is
essentially a wiki, allowing users to edit
content on the Airman's Knowledge
Base. It will enable all personnel to con-
tribute and build upon the new feature,
which will become a valuable online
resource for airmen.
Hyperlinks and text will be able to
be incorporated into each entry and the
application will sort entries alphabetical-
ly by the subject. Contributors will not
need to be content managers or approval
officers of the site to make an entry.
While the current version of the
intranet site has served Air Force well,
it is now three years old -- so the redevel-
opment will refresh the appearance and
incorporate advances in technology.
Industry standards are that websites
are refreshed every 24 months, with
minor improvements incorporated along
Earlier this year, Air Force
Headquarters randomly selected 1500
military and civilian members of the Air
Force population to survey how they use
the intranet site, what they would like to
see incorporated into the redevelopment,
and the most important aspect of their
This was the first time that Air Force
after 20+ years
WOFF David Harrison
WOFF Richard Wood
FSGT Duane Archer
FSGT Peter Cheesman
FSGT Bradley Kay
SQNLDR Martin Huet
SGT Glen Tomiello
New ANYA initiative to target GIA hopefuls
INTELLIGENT CAREER CHOICE: Members interested in becoming a GIA can 'try before they buy'
under a new initiative using the ANYA scheme. Pictured is GIA LAC Robert Churchward researching a
ship on Janes online Defence Library service.
Photo: CPL Guy Young
personnel have been consulted and had
the opportunity to provide input into
their intranet presence on the DRN.
Their feedback has been invaluable
and the data has driven the design and
usability of the new look and feel.
Overwhelmingly, personnel wanted
to have easier access to Air Force specif-
ic information, publications and docu-
ments, better search functionality and
faster load times.
In coming weeks, Air Force Headquarters
will keep you updated via Air Force News
on the redevelopment, including further
details on exciting new features and
images of the future layout.
Air Force intranet
to get a facelift
Air Force MILIS representative
THE recently published article, 'MILIS to go live' (Air Force News,
June 24, page 20) included the Army MILIS representative in the
story, instead of the Air Force representative. SQNLDR Ed Higgins in
Logistics Branch, Air Force Headquarters, is the Air Force lead, and
responsible for co-ordinating and monitoring MILIS activities on behalf
of Air Force. SQNLDR Higgins can be contacted on (02) 6128 7008 or
Air Force News apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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