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to roll out
THE shift to Next Generation
Desktop (NGD) will affect every
ADF member when it is rolled out
across Defence from next year,
according to Chief Information
Officer Peter Lawrence.
"NGD will touch everyone in
Defence over the next couple of years
as we will be effectively upgrading
to the Windows 7 environment and
all the associated infrastructure," Dr
"Everyone will see a change in the
operating environment they use.
"Also, as part of the Telstra
[Terrestrial Communications] con-
tract, we are going to refresh all the
network connections so we have a
higher capacity, more resilient net-
work to enable NGD to run more
Roll out of the new system is
scheduled to start in early 2014, with
the Defence Secret Network (DSN)
the first to be upgraded, followed by
the Defence Restricted Network.
Dr Lawrence said all the ground-
work had been laid for the transition,
which would roll into 2015.
"About 1200 people are currently
on NGD as part of a pilot program
which began late last year," he said.
"That pilot has proved very useful
as we learnt a number of things about
the environment that we managed to
improve, as well as things that did and
"We are currently installing the
infrastructure for the DSN and the
plan is to start that roll out early next
year using Chief Information Officer
Group as the first group, so we can
'take our own medicine'.
"We will then work our way
around the country in a geographi-
cal roll out so we can take the teams
through all the areas at the same
Dr Lawrence said full support
would be provided along the way.
"Our aim is to make the roll out
as labour un-intensive and painless
as possible, notwithstanding there
will no doubt be some challenges,"
"As the transition nears, there will
be more detailed communication to all
the groups and services around what
the plans are and how we're going to
November 7, 2013
SGT Dave Morley
A SIGNIFICANT milestone was
recognised at RAAF Base Wagga
on October 17 with the award of
a Federation Star to a well-known
WOFF Lou Debono, who joined
the Air Force on April 10, 1973, is
posted to the School of Postgraduate
Studies (SPS) as the WOFFIC of
FSGT and SGT Professional Military
Education and Training residential
He was presented with the
award and a letter from CAF by a
former Commanding Officer of
SPS, AIRCDRE Bob Rodgers, now
Director General Personnel -- Air
AIRCDRE Rodgers noted the sac-
rifice and commitment to achieve this
"Air Force normally issues seven
to 10 Federation Stars over a 12
month period, with WOFF Debono
being the third recipient since July
this year," AIRCDRE Rodgers said.
Some of WOFF Debono's postings
include Central Flying School, No.
5 Squadron, Base Squadron Pearce,
Base Squadron Wagga, Australian
Defence Force Academy, Base
Squadron Fairbairn, Health Services
Flight Wagga, Combat Support Unit
Wagga, HQ Ground Training Wing,
No. 31 Squadron and SPS (twice).
WOFF Debono was still able to
recall going to the recruiting office
in Melbourne in Little Collins Street
at the age of 17 and how nervous he
"I was a country boy who had
never been away from home, scared
of the city and had no idea what was
going on," he said.
"I was going Army until my father
clipped me around the ear and said,
'listen son, no, you're going Air
Force, just do as you're told'.
"My father is 94, still going strong
and I am still thanking him today for
changing my mind."
WOFF Debono has influenced,
mentored and shaped the careers of
many over the years.
DGPERS-AF AIRCDRE Bob
Rodgers presents WOFF Lou
Debono with his Federation Star
for 40 years' service. WOFF
Debono is posted to the School of
Exercise Faru Sumu tests Super Hornets at Tindal
FIGHTER jets and personnel are
participating in Exercise Faru Sumu
at RAAF Base Tindal from October
21 until November 8.
Faru Sumu is a three-week bian-
nual exercise during which up to 18
Super Hornets and 250 personnel
from Nos. 1 and 6 Squadrons are
tested in the employment of F/A-18F
Commanding Officer 6SQN
WGCDR Robert Denney said the
exercise involved a series of air-to-
ground and air-to-air scenarios that
tested students on the Super Hornet
Operational Conversation course.
"For the first time, 6SQN has been
joined on Exercise Faru Sumu by
1SQN," WGCDR Denney said.
"This gives personnel and aircrew
from both squadrons the opportunity
to work together and maintain a high
level of weapon proficiency.
"Faru Sumu also provides invalu-
able training for our logistics, support
and maintenance personnel as they
practise deploying to other bases
and working together with different
"Deploying up to 18 jets and 250
personnel is a massive effort for the
For the first two weeks the Super
for crews to si
In the third
with the suppo
aircraft and pers
back to RAAF Ba
Note: Full covera
CPL Nick Wiseman
from across the ADF deployed to
the Middle East in September and
October as Force Communications
Unit rotation 10 (FCU 10).
They are managing the largest and
most complex communication and
information system in ADF history.
With a drawdown of personnel
deployed to the MEAO scheduled for
the near future, FCU 10 Commanding
Officer LTCOL Ana Duncan said a
key task of her unit was the removal
or restructure of the network.
"For any ADF communicator,
operational highlights are designing
networks for installation, drawdown
or modification," LTCOL Duncan
"We have at least four members
who deployed with FCU 1, so for them
the drawdown is particularly profes-
sionally rewarding as they again con-
tribute to a network that has evolved
over many years."
The rotation has drawn person-
nel primarily from Air Force's No. 1
Combat Communications Squadron
and Army's 1st Signal Regiment but
augmented with further numbers
from across the ADF.
COMMAND TEAM: From left, XO
SQNLDR Linda Saunders, CO
LTCOL Ana Duncan and RSM
WO1 Vikke Paterson.
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