Personnel at the home of the Australian Defence Force's operational coordination centre in Bungendore, in New South Wales, will have their first Air Force Commanding Officer following a transfer of authority ceremony on 1 February.
The first ever Commanding Officer of Headquarters Joint Operations Command, Navy's Commander Nick Tate, handed the weight to Wing Commander Lesley Carney who assumed responsibilities for personnel and facilities’ support on behalf of Chief of Joint Operations.
Commander Tate, a Maritime Logistics Officer, said he loved his time as the first Commanding Officer, Headquarters Joint Operations Command, because the role has a focus on people, the facility and directly impacts support to operations.
“In reality, I was responsible for a $42 million a year facility and support to people. It is a job where I support people who directly impact operations,” Commander Tate said.
“Last year we implemented the new Base Operations functions to support the General John Baker Complex and Headquarters Joint Operations Command specifically.
“As the pace of activity can surge during operations, this construct now better supports our people to more effectively do their jobs.”
Formerly the Director Coordination role, the Commanding Officer Headquarters Joint Operations Command is one of three tri-service shore-based Command positions including the Australian Defence Force Academy and Australia's Federation Guard.
Wing Commander Carney, who has worked in tri-service positions in the past, said she was looking forward to the unique role and the challenge of continuing to improve the services the team provides in her first Command posting.
“It will be a busy role focused on people. In reality I have functional command of more than 600 personnel from the three services, as well as base support functions at three Headquarters Joint Operations Command locations,” Wing Commander Carney said.
Vice Admiral David Johnston, Chief of Joint Operations, said the Commanding Officer, Headquarters Joint Operations Command was critical in managing complex relationships with multiple Defence and contractor agencies on his behalf.
“The role has prime responsibility for the operational facilities at the General John Baker Complex, a key capability in the support of world wide operations and exercises,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.