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March 17, 2011
WO2 Wayne Ryan
DEFENCE intelligence training has a
brighter future thanks to a major upgrade
to the Defence Intelligence Training
Centre (DIntTC) at Kokoda Barracks,
Due to a demand for imagery ana-
lysts throughout the ADF, the $1.4 mil-
lion upgrade has increased the number
of imagery analysis courses and created
new high-end workstations designed
specifically for full motion video and
still imagery analysis.
Senior Instructor Imagery
Intelligence Wing SQNLDR Craig
Johnston said it was an exciting time for
imagery analysis training.
"While the field is predominantly
Air Force focused, the imagery analysis
function is rapidly adopting a tri-service
feel," he said.
"This is due to the acquisition of
new imaging assets by the services and
access to imagery product at the tactical
SQNLDR Johnston said the imagery
course was open to all three services
with trainees coming from many back-
"Each of the trainees brings different
skill sets to the classroom and part of
our philosophy is to draw on their expe-
riences," he said. "Everyone has some-
thing pertinent and valuable to add."
One such trainee is ACW Felicity
Oberg, originally from Ipswich, who
joined the Air Force in January.
"It looked like an interesting career
option when I went through the recruit-
ing process," she said.
"It's hard work and very intensive,
but so far it has been really good. We
have covered some interesting things
that have given me real world experi-
Another option for those already in
service is the Any Airman (ANYA) job
which has been offered to those inter-
ested in doing the course.
SGT Michelle Forbes, a clerk from
79SQN with 10 years' service, has taken
on the three-year ANYA GIA Operator
Scheme and is currently on course.
"The scheme is a challenge, but
should broaden my skill sets," she said.
"I am thoroughly enjoying the course
and it gives me a great opportunity to
see a side of the Air Force that was rela-
tively unknown to me until now."
Former Air Force WOFF Karen
Wheeler, an imagery instructor at
DIntTC, said that throughout the
16-week course, trainees were exposed
to a large number of skill sets.
"Topics range from core skills such
as map reading and manipulation of
imagery to more detailed analysis on
industries, military equipment and lines
of communication," Ms Wheeler said.
"The course has recently changed
and has become considerably more
operationally focused. Army has brought
a wealth of experience with them from
their corps. They are rapidly becoming
more imagery focused; as instructors
it helps us to think and anticipate the
demands of the warfighter."
CLOSE ANALYSIS: Above, geospatial imagery intelligence analyst
(GIA) trainee ACW Felicity Oberg receives one-on-one training from
her DIntTC instructor, former WOFF Karen Wheeler while left, SGT
Michelle Forbes gets a few points from instructor SGT Matthew Hunt.
SGT Forbes, a clerk from 79SQN, is currently on course as part of the
three-year Any Airman GIA Operator Scheme. Photos: WO2 Wayne Ryan
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