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April 28, 2011
ALL DEFENCE bases will see changes
over the next six to 18 months as Gar-
rison Support Service (GSS) reforms
are progressively implemented across
The reforms -- part of the broader
Strategic Reform Program (SRP) and
being developed jointly by all the ser-
vice chiefs and group heads -- aim to
streamline processes and ensure every
GSS dollar is directed at cost-con-
sciously supporting capability.
The reforms will challenge many tra-
ditional ways of doing business, and may
not be universally popular.
However, all Defence Committee
members are unanimous in their agree-
ment that these changes are necessary
if Force 2030 is to be delivered and sus-
GSS contractors deliver wide-rang-
ing services across our bases, including
cleaning, grounds maintenance, cater-
ing, laundry and dry cleaning, man-
agement of Defence stores, pest and
vermin control, sports and recreation
services, transport services and waste
While Defence Support Group
manages these contracts, DCAF AVM
Geoff Brown said Air Force relied
on its fixed airbases to operate so Air
Force was 100 per cent involved in the
review and decision-making process.
"Looking for smarter ways of deliv-
ering garrison support and constantly
challenging the range and level of ser-
vice is crucial to achieving the required
reform," he said.
"As catering is a significant cost, it is
one area we are closely examining.
"One example is the wide range of
meal choices available in our messes.
Meal service standards are also dif-
ferent in officers', sergeants' and air-
men's messes. These multiple levels of
service are costly and do not add to our
AVM Brown said the many mess-
es and bars throughout Air Force all
required staff and overheads that cost
"We need to be making sound
choices in how we use taxpayers'
dollars, so we will be reviewing mess
operations and looking at whether
consolidating messes is viable," he
"Throughout this process we will
be talking with our people in the field
to get their ideas.
"Some decisions will be very hard,
but it is very clear we need to be
innovative and focus on only paying
for those services required to prepare
or deliver capability."
Specific details about reforms will be
made available to everyone in Air Force
before they are introduced. A wide variety
of mediums will be used including Air
Force News, CAF Updates, the command
chain, intranet sites and local base
communications. A list of reforms will also
be available on the AFI intranet site.
On the menu
CATERING CHANGES: The meal choices available in Air Force messes will be closely examined under SRP.
Photo: ACW Jessica Smith
Air Force Band
May 1: The Catalina
Chamber Players will sup-
port the Queenscliff Point
Lonsdale RSL sub-branch's
May 4: The band will sup-
port the CDF's dining-out at
the RAAF Base Glenbrook
May 7: The Ceremonial
Band will lead the annual
Bright Autumn Festival
Street Parade in Bright,
Victoria, from 1.30pm.
May 7: The Concert Band
will give a free public con-
cert as part of the Bright
Autumn Festival at Howitt
Park at 3pm.
May 8: The Concert Band
will give a second public
concert in Howitt Park from
May 11: The Ceremonial
Band will support the 1RTU
graduation parade at RAAF
Base Wagga from 11am.
May 11: The Air Force Jazz
Ensemble will support the
Air Force Awards Night at
RAAF Base Amberley.
Past and present members of
34SQN are invited to register
their interest in attending a
reunion in Canberra in 2012.
For more information, email
Ken Stone at marganken@
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