Command Warrant Officer to strengthen Training Force

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Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, welcomes the newly appointed Training Force Command Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan to the Training Force team at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul. (photo: )
Commodore Training, Commodore Michael Rothwell, AM, RAN, welcomes the newly appointed Training Force Command Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan to the Training Force team at Fleet Headquarters, HMAS Kuttabul.

A stronger, more unified approach is the mission of Warrant Officer Joanne Jordan, who was appointed the inaugural Command Warrant Officer of Navy's Training Force in April.

Warrant Officer Jordan will represent staff ideas and concerns to their commander, Commodore Rothwell – and contribute to and voice his strategic direction to officers and sailors.   

Good communication and leadership will be key according to Commodore Rothwell. 

“She will develop the role through progressive leadership to provide improved information flow across the Force, the maintaining of good standards, and be a key enabler for our continuous improvement and deep stake holder engagement with other Forces,” said Commodore Rothwell. 

While she admits playing intermediary will be tough, Warrant Officer Jordan is excited by the challenge and has already committed to a tour of Training Force facilities to talk with personnel. 

“Initially I will take the time to get out and about to connect with all our people in Training Force and see the good things that are being developed in our training,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to establishing a good network throughout the Force to ensure I can provide the necessary support where needed and we can identify those areas that need improving.”

With a staff of about 1,000, when aggregated with those under training, Training Force accounts for about 25% of the Navy. 

Warrant Officer Jordan has enjoyed a distinguished career since joining the Navy in 1981 as a Writer (now Maritime Logistics - Personnel Operations). 

She received the United States of America Meritorious Service Medal while deployed on Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, has served on HMAS Darwin as the Ship’s Warrant Officer and last year became Navy's first female Command Warrant Officer.