An Air Force reservist was recently awarded the MAJ Stuart Brown Memorial Award as the student of merit for the joint Civil-Military Cooperation Planning and Operations Course (CPOC), at Randwick Barracks, NSW.
Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) is focused on the critical need for engagement between civilian and military organisations to achieve better outcomes.
This can include engaging with communities, non-government organisations, other government agencies and other militaries for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, right through to operational missions.
FLTLT Scott Minchin, a reservist with Air Force Test Ranges Squadron, received the award in recognition of his competency as a CIMIC operator and planner, and professional mastery, as well as the qualities that support CIMIC operators and the ability to integrate, manage and motivate through teamwork.
“I am a passionate CIMIC advocate and I hope to continue to develop the CIMIC capability in my role with the Air Force Test Ranges Squadron,” FLTLT Minchin said.
“This award was a great way to finish 2018.”
In 2019, FLTLT Minchin hopes to continue in CIMIC and Force Protection roles; and in his volunteer sports chaplaincy role.
Scott was recently recognised by Sports Chaplaincy Australia for promoting values in sport and coordinating a volunteer trip by the Queanbeyan Tigers Football Club to the Solomon Islands, to undertake projects that supplied fresh water to orphanages and women’s refuges.
“The intersection of community and military work has always been a great space for me," FLTLT Minchin said.
"I’m grateful to the Operational Security Team at DFAT who support my reserve service, recognising the benefits that Air Force Service returns to DFAT capability.
“In an Air Force sense I have been lucky to work with great leaders in Defence with great values, at the ADF Investigative Service, Headquarters Joint Operations Command and AFTRSQN, which transfers professionally with DFAT.”