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Top 100 : 2011
TOP 100 COVER STORY ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 59 Stephen Day, 50 Head of Joint Capability and Coordination, Australian Defence Force, Canberra Civil engineer, University of NSW Major-General Stephen Day was appointed head of joint capability and coordination in February 2010. The division is responsible for preparing the Australian Defence Force for current and future contingencies. One of its roles is to coordinate the development of joint capabilities, such as cyber and electronic warfare, command and control, and countermeasures to improvised explosives. "The division I lead is relatively new," he said. "The achievement of which I am most proud is the speed and efficiency with which the team have established themselves, rolled up their sleeves, and tackled some of the more challenging joint capability problems facing the Defence Force." He was commissioned into Royal Australian Engineers in 1982. He has served in a variety of engineer units, including as the commanding officer of the 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment. His operational service has included deployments to Namibia, East Timor and Iraq. For his service in East Timor he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. Day has been an instructor at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and a staff officer to the chief of Defence Force. In addition to his engineering degree, he holds qualifications in biochemistry, strategic studies and international relations. He is an ambassador for the White Ribbon Foundation, an organisation of men who campaign against violence against women. Geoff Brown, 53 Deputy Chief, Royal Australian Air Force, Canberra Mechanical engineer, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education (now University of Southern Queensland) Air Vice-Marshal Geoff Brown will become chief of the Air Force on 4 July. The Air Force employs about 14,500 full-time personnel, supported by 3500 reservists and 900 civilian public servants at 11 major bases and a host of offices across Australia. Brown said he is particularly proud of how Air Force staff are adapting to new aircraft. "As a fast jet pilot, it has been great to see the delivery of Air Force s F/A-18F Super Hornet, and see the squadron undertake its first overseas exercise at Bersama Shield in May 2011, just 12 months after the first aircraft arrived," he said. "Earlier this year, the government announced the acquisition of a fifth C-17 Globemaster aircraft. This is a great asset for us, because it did such a fantastic job assisting with the Queensland floods, Cyclone Yasi, and the New Zealand and Japan earthquakes. "It s a busy time for the Air Force. Seeing our people rise to the challenge of humanitarian tasks, while reskilling and maintaining our commitments to Afghanistan, makes me really proud to be a part of the Air Force." Other recent highlights include the delivery of four B737 Airborne Early Warning and Control Wedgetail aircraft and the introduction of Heron remotely piloted aircraft to support Australian troops in Afghanistan. PHOTO: CPL PETER BORYS/DEFENCE