This year 138th Signal Squadron has focused on adventurous training to improve individual and team
resilience and build teamwork and cohesion. The unit has been fortuitous in gaining a multi-disciplined
UATL within the unit, WO2 Mick Sander, which has allowed for excellent resilience training. One of the
many positive outcomes has been the growth in interpersonal relationships within a unit that primarily
conducts shift work. Three adventurous training exercises were conducted throughout the year, with
each becoming more challenging than the previous.
EX FIRST WAVE
was conducted early in the year at the cliffs of Werribee Gorge State Forest.
This involved abseiling and rock climbing, which allowed people to identify their strengths and weaknesses
and identify and discuss how they personally dealt with them.
EX SECOND WAVE
took members to the depths of Buchan Caves in East Gippsland for cave exploration.
This introduced members to a new, more difficult challenge of working in confined spaces which required members to
develop personal coping strategies in a high risk environment, both real and perceived.
EX FORTH WAVE
was held at Mt Arapiles, involving abseiling down three stages, one stage
being a 150 meter rock face. However, just arriving at the abseil point required a not insignificant amount
of free climbing, in itself a daunting prospect for some. Additional challenges were the environmental
conditions including cold wind gusts and sideways rain which removed the colour and emotion from members faces.
Abseiling to the base of the mountain was less of an issue for those that wanted to escape the cold.
Back to 'business as usual' from the 24/7 Tactical Interface Control Room, one of the main tasks for the
unit is to maintain the Defence Secret Voice Network (DSVN) Helpdesk. The Helpdesk houses VoIP SMEs who
provide level 1 and 2 ICT support to strategic and deployed units. This includes processing minor new
growth applications and advanced technical analysis of circuit configurations.
Over the last 18 months the DSVN Helpdesk has raised the DSVN Fly Away Kit, which is a portable call
manager express workshop to be delivered by the Subject Matters Experts of 138 Sig Sqn. This has been
designed to hone domestic and deployed members' ability to effectively maintain and troubleshoot VoIP
The conduct of this workshop also allows participants to meet with, and extract knowledge directly
\ from the members of DSVN Helpdesk in order to gain advanced fault finding and engineering skills
in operational and strategic circuits.
With an eventful year behind us, the members of 138 Sig Sqn would like to extend a safe and Merry
Christmas to all ADF members, wherever they may be around the world.