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FLTLT Melody Earl
FLTLT Graham Seabrook, of Informa-
tion Warfare Wing (IWWG) at RAAF
Base Edinburgh, has come up with a
pre-deployment kitting initiative that
could potentially save $200,000 a year
and enable personnel to spend a week
longer with their families before they
Until the end of last year, Edinburgh
personnel (other than 92WG members)
were required to complete their Force
Preparation Training (FPT) and deploy-
ment kitting interstate.
This usually occurred at 39
Personnel Support Battalion at
Randwick in NSW.
FLTLT Seabrook believed this was
an inefficient use of members' time and
training dollars, as it required them to
undertake interstate travel and spend
a week away from home before they
The trunks of deploying mem-
bers had to accompany them on their
flights back to South Australia, which
cost Air Force a minimum of $400
a member in airfreight. This was
on top of the normal airfares to and
from Sydney and other costs such as
accommodation and cab charges that
equated to about $1000 a member.
FLTLT Seabrook informally
approached the Aerospace Operational
PREGNANT Air Force members
may soon have the option of
wearing a maternity version of
the Disruptive Pattern Combat
This outfit was jointly devel-
oped by Army and the Defence
Material Organisation's Clothing
System Program Office, and is
now being trialled by members
from the three services.
For Air Force, it could be a suit-
able form of working dress for those
undertaking light duties in a hangar
or warehouse environment.
It could also be worn by those
performing clerical duties in
operations rooms or similar.
The maternity DPU coat is
longer than the normal jacket, and
is flared with side tabs to allow
members to adjust the coat as
required during pregnancy.
The trousers have an elasti-
cised waistband with drawstring
and an elasticised maternity panel
at the front and back to accom-
modate the advancement of the
pregnancy as well.
The fly zipper, side pockets and
rear pockets have been removed to
allow for the elasticised panel.
For more information, contact the
Air Force service women's clothing
adviser WGCDR Robyne Greene
au and for photos of the uniform,
dmoweb/sites/CLOSPO/ and click on
the What's New link.
Rethink saves a lot Uniform trial
A BRIGHT IDEA: FLTLT Graham Seabrook and Hellen Anderson,
a customer service assistant at the clothing store at RAAF Base
Edinburgh, with some of the Disruptive Pattern Desert Uniforms.
Photo: LAC Glynn Jones
Support Group executive, 92WG and
Mr Col Sherriff Contract Services
Manager Clothing, Joint Logistic Unit
South (JLU(S)), with his ideas.
"I also contacted the base Air
Force Improvements team who rec-
ommended I make a formal approach
to the SRP in Canberra; a two-prong
approach," FLTLT Seabrook said.
"I did so and my suggestions
were forwarded to Joint Operations
As a result of his efforts, Joint
Movements Coordination this year
has given approval for deploying
Edinburgh members to complete their
FPT and kitting at the base when
training dates permit.
The changes have resulted in
an estimated minimum annual cost
savings of $200,000, based on the
deployment of 100 Edinburgh staff
"The old Combat Support Unit
(now 24SQN) and JLU(S) were
instrumental in achieving the out-
come," FLTLT Seabrook said.
"An initiative that involves adding
additional responsibility to units is not
taken lightly, but JLU(S) was highly
receptive to the initiative and did all
they could to support it."
IWWG has received anecdo-
tal evidence that the resulting extra
time with family has been very well
received by deploying members and
CO IWWG WGCDR Max
Heinrich said: "This is clearly an
outcome that is a win for all con-
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