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June 6, 2013
Commanders & Planners -- are you using all our capability talent?
• CSD reporting now extended to all uniformed members - permanent
and reserve. (CDF Directive 18/2012 provides policy guidance re use
• The new aspect of CSD is that 'self-claimed’ skills and experience can
be recorded (ie not only formal qualifications) so your hobbies/skills
or language skills can now be included (if potentially of use to the
ADF eg carpentry).
• CSD includes:
- Self-claimed skills (a wide range of skills are listed from which
- Self-claimed language skills (languages acquired without
- Professional Registrations and Licences
- Membership of Professional Organisations
- Civil Education Qualifications
- Civilian Employment Details/History (reser vists and regulars)
• Access CSD data via PMKeyS (usual authorisations required)
Skills in Defence
For more information: go to DGRES-AF website, CSD section.
For questions or help: email the CSD helpline (include your PMKeyS number): ADO.CivilSkillsData@defence.gov.au
The purpose of Civil Skills Data (CSD) is to improve visibility of the full range of member skills and experience, so as to increase
opportunities for both the ADF and the individual.
CPL Janine Fabre
A 36SQN C-17A flying in sup-
port of the Middle East Air
Component Command has made
a huge delivery to Tarin Kot -- a
massive 120,000 pound Kalmar
shipping container carrier.
Loading, carrying and
unloading the unusual, over-
sized item of cargo from the
Globemaster was a complicated
task, with eight air load team air-
men and women required to use
40 chains and custom-made sup-
ports to secure it.
The Kalmar picks up ship-
ping containers with a power-
ful hydraulic arm, and will help
to speed up the remediation and
transfer of the base at the end of
FSGT Wayne Harrison, of the
Tarin Kot Air Load Team, said
the machine was the biggest item
of aircraft freight he had dealt
with in his 20-year career.
"It's only a couple of tonnes
shy of an Abrams tank," FSGT
Middle East Air Component
Commander GPCAPT Don
Sutherland said the task of mov-
ing the machine started well
before loading commenced and
involved a range of support staff
and aircrew to ensure the trans-
port occurred smoothly.
"Carpenters at Al Minhad
Air Base needed to build cus-
tom supports for the flight,
which they did off plans, having
never seen the machine before,"
GPCAPT Sutherland said.
"There was a lot of work
beforehand to load the air-
craft up, to make sure we car-
ried something like this safely
-- 120,000 pounds in an air-
craft needs to be chained down
securely, so lots of preparation
and then a very simple two-hour
flight to the front line, where it's
GPCAPT Sutherland also
highlighted the importance of the
work done by C-130 and C-17A
crews in supporting the troops in
"Afghanistan is a land-locked
HEAVY LOAD: FSU
7 cargo specialists
prepare to drive a
carrier off the airfield at
Multinational Base Tarin
Kot after it was delivered
by a 36SQN C-17A;
left inset, the 120,000lb
carrier is unloaded from
Photos: CPL Janine Fabre
country so everything that comes
air or land," he said.
"It is safer to bring things in
and out by air."
The container handler has
been provided to Force Support
Unit 7 in Tarin Kot as essen-
tial equipment to assist with
the redeployment of Australian
stores and equipment.
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