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ADFA class of 2014 celebrate milestone achievement

11 December 2014 : Following three years of military and academic studies, 220 officer cadets and midshipmen graduated from the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA). They are now ready to become junior leaders in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).



Opening of Joint Logistics Unit (North) at Robertson Barracks, Holtze, NT

11 December 2014 : A modern, purpose built wholesale storage facility, Joint Logistics Unit – North was officially opened at Robertson Barracks in Holtze, Northern Territory. Minister for Defence’s representative, Senator Linda Reynolds said the logistics unit was one of seven being constructed under the Defence Logistics Transformation Program.



Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) Graduation

08 December 2014 : The ACSC(J) class of 2014, along with families and friends, gathered at the Llewellyn Hall at the Australian National University (ANU) for their graduation ceremony. The ceremony ends a demanding year of full-time study at the Australian Defence College in Weston Creek, ACT, which culminates in the award of the Passed Staff Course (Joint) qualification and a Master of Military and Defence Studies from the ANU for the majority of the 168 graduates.



Defence and Strategic Studies Course Graduation

02 December 2014 : The 2014 Defence and Strategic Studies Course (DSSC) graduation was held. The DSSC is an 11 month course postgraduate level professional development program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to operate at the highest levels of leaderships, command, policy formulation and management. In recognition of her outstanding achievements on the DSSC, Commodore Michele Miller was awarded the CDF/SEC Award.



New partnership to explore virtual simulation opportunities

28 November 2014 : Defence has entered a partnership with the University of Newcastle (UoN) to explore how virtual simulation can be used to further enhance education and training. The Australian Defence College (ADC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Newcastle at the Directorate of Simulation at RAAF Base Williamtown. Through the MOU, UoN honours and postgraduate students will undertake virtual simulation research and development projects that are directly relevant to the ADC.


Vice Chief launches Parliamentarians Against Family Violence

Vice Chief launches Parliamentarians Against Family Violence

20 October 2014 : White Ribbon Ambassador Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched Parliamentarians Against Family Violence at Parliament House. He discusses his role as Ambassador, why he encouraged the Navy to become a White Ribbon accredited workplace, and more broadly what Defence is doing to raise awareness of violence against women.


Defence personnel go bridge to bridge in support of White Ribbon Day 2014

Defence personnel go bridge to bridge in support of White Ribbon Day 2014

17 October 2014: Around 700 Defence personnel walked and ran around Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin to demonstrate their commitment to White Ribbon Day. Vice Chief of the Defence Force and White Ribbon Ambassador, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs launched the event, one of a number of activities being undertaken by Defence in the lead up to White Ribbon Day 2014 on Tuesday, 25 November 2014.


10 October 2014: Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Ray Griggs speaks on Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

Australian Defence Force Mental Health Day

10 October 2014: Held each year, World Mental Health Day is a day dedicated to mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It is also the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Mental Health Day, a day to recognise the ADF’s commitment to taking care of its key capability – its people.

This year the Vice Chief of the Defence Force Vice Admiral Griggs spoke to Defence personnel at Australia's Defence Force Headquarters.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the new Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

Admiral addresses mental health at Grace Groom Oration

9 October 2014: On the eve of World Mental Health Day 2014, Vice Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs gave the keynote address at Mental Health Australia's annual Grace Groom Memorial Lecture.

Held at the National Press Club, VCDF outlined many of the issues facing a modern defence force that is looking to respond to the issue of mental health and wellbeing amongst service men and women.


South Australian employers of Reserves recognised.

South Australian employers of Reserves recognised

11 September 2014: Five employers were recognised for their support of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves at the Employer Support Awards held at Adelaide Oval last night.

The event, organised by the South Australian Defence Reserves Support Council, recognised employers who have been particularly supportive of their Reservist employees.


VCDF Group Mission: To develop, deliver, enable and ensure Defence Joint Capability in order to protect and advance Australia's national and strategic interests.


Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN

The Vice Chief of the Defence Force (VCDF) Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN is the military deputy to the Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) and acts as the CDF in his absence under standing acting arrangements.

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Who are the VCDF Group

The Group enables Defence to meet its objectives through the provision of military strategic effects and commitments advice and planning, joint military professional education and training, logistics support, health support, ADF cadet and reserve policy, joint capability coordination, preparedness management, and joint and combined ADF doctrine.

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