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Vice Chief of the Defence Force Group

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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.

An Australian Flag flies at the base of Sergeant Claud Castleton VC's head stone in Poziers British cemetery, France.

Anzac Day France Contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard

21 April 2015: The Anzac Day France contingent for Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) has taken time in the lead up to their ceremonial duties to conduct a battlefield tour at key areas of the Western Front. Travelling from Amiens, the contingent visited memorials at Pozieres, Thiepval and Fromelles. Leading the tour was Assistant to the Defence Attache – France, Wing Commander Michael Garside.

The AFG will be performing catafalque parties at a number of ceremonies for the Centenary of Anzac services in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and East Timor.

Australia's Federation Guardsman, Able Seaman Georgia Chaffey, performs in a Catafalque Party as a rehearsal for the Centenary of Anzac ceremony in Gallipoli.

Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service Ceremonial Capability

15 April 2015: The parade ground at Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) in Canberra remains the epicentre of all things Anzac related as four contingents of Guardsmen prepare to travel to Europe and the South Pacific to support one of the most important ceremonial events in the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) history.

Practice and preparation are two words which have been embraced with gusto at the AFG with members of the tri service unit currently working every day to ensure Centenary of Anzac activities in Turkey, France, Belgium and Timor Leste are flawless. Australia’s Federation Guard provides a Tri-Service ceremonial capability in order to promote the standards, values, traditions and ethos of the ADF and Australia.

A/Commander Australian Defence College, Brigadier Peter Gates, Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, Major General Hartind Asrin, and Deputy Director, Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics, Commander Lara Fowler RAN.

Indonesian Major General visits the Australian Defence College

15 April 2015: Major General Hartind Asrin, the Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, visited the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek for discussions on bilateral E&T programs.

MAJGEN Aslin's visit program also included visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence International Training Centre in Melbourne.

Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class One Paul Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major – Ceremonial, is presented with the Bible that saved the life of an Anzac soldier by John Harris from the Bible Society of Australia in Canberra, 14 April 2015.

RSM-Ceremonial ADF presented with Anzac's Bible to take to Gallipoli

14 April 2015: Australian Army soldier Warrant Officer Class One Paul Richardson, Regimental Sergeant Major – Ceremonial, was presented with a Bible that saved the life of an Anzac digger at a moving ceremony in Canberra on 14 April 2015. The Bible belonged to Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins of 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers.

Lance Corporal Elvas Jenkins enlisted on 19 September 1914, shortly after the beginning of the First World War, and was serving at Gallipoli in 2 Field Company, Royal Australian Engineers, when the Bible saved his life by stopping a large piece of shrapnel.

A/Commander Australian Defence College, Brigadier Peter Gates, Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, Major General Hartind Asrin, and Deputy Director, Centre for Defence Leadership and Ethics, Commander Lara Fowler RAN.

Indonesian Major General visits the Australian Defence College

15 April 2015: Major General Hartind Asrin, the Head of the Indonesian Defence Ministry's Education and Training Agency, visited the Australian Defence College at Weston Creek for discussions on bilateral E&T programs.

MAJGEN Aslin's visit program also included visits to the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Defence International Training Centre in Melbourne.


The Fuel Supply Chain Journey in Defence

10 April 2015: Defence has established a new Defence Fuel Supply Chain regime to address maintenance, governance, safety and training issues on Defence Fuel Installations under the operational authority of Commander Joint Logistics, Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC, RAN, the Head of the Defence Fuels Supply Chain.

This action has come about in response to a number of internal and external reviews into the fuel supply chain management in Defence. Significant progress has been made to improve the safety of the Defence Fuel Supply Chain and its resilience in support of capability. This change has been driven by the Secretary of Defence and the Chief of the Defence Force as part of implementing a continuous improvement culture.


International Day at the Australian Defence College

28 March 2015: Several hundred staff, course members and their families attended the International Day activities at the Australian Defence College, Weston Creek.

Representatives of more than 20 countries' defence forces attend the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies or the Australian Command and Staff College. The overseas representatives provide a broad diversity of perspectives that benefits all course members.

The annual International Day is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions that overseas course members make at the Australian Defence College. The event included delicious cuisine from around the world and traditional dancing.


CMIW 2015 Mt Macedon - Diverse Countries: Common Interests

26 March 2015: The ACMC conducted its Civil-Military Interaction Workshop (CMIW) at the Australian Emergency Management Institute in Mount Macedon, Victoria, from 15-20 March 2015. The CMIW is ACMC’s flagship professional development program, bringing together around fifty participants to explore key issues in multinational, multiagency responses to conflicts and disasters.


ADFA Cadets & Midshipmen join Community Event

22 March 2015 : Over 250 officer cadets and midshipmen from the Australian Defence Force Academy joined the 5000 strong Canberra community in an event to pay respects to mother of three, Tara Costigan, who recently lost her life as a result of domestic violence.

ADFA were able to raise more than $9000 to be donated to the Tara Costigan Foundation, which has been created to educate Australians about domestic violence and help support victims and their families.


Australia marks the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER

21 March 2015 : Australia marked the conclusion of Operation SLIPPER with commemorative activities conducted across each State and Territory capital city and Townsville.

Australia's military contribution to the ISAF and the ICAT missions across Afghanistan and the Middle East commenced in October 2001. Australia deployed over 33,000 Australian Defence Force personnel, Australian Public Service employees and Australian Federal Police to the Middle East Area of Operations.

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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