Defence Family Matters : May 2016
18 STAFF PROFILE RICK WARREN TAMARA ROBINSON in the Military Education and Resettlement office in Melbourne. In 2010 he joined the ADF Transition Centre, which was then moved into DCO. “Inmyrolenowitismy responsibility to ensure that members are administratively prepared and ready to transition from Defence,” said Rick. “I like hearing that members have successfully completed their training and gained employment; I particularly enjoy the day-to-day challenges of conducting research into the various occupations members are hoping to switch to. “We have had requests to provide funding for training for everything from abattoir work to zoology.” There are a number of benefits available to help members prepare for civilian employment, based on the number of years of service completed. n Rick Warren SERVED in the Army for 35 YEARS BEFORE RETIRING to become a Defence civilian, so HE KNOWS THE MILITARY LIFE well. A Senior Transition Assistance Officer in DCO, Rick has been with the Career Transition Assistance Scheme (CTAS) National Office since its creation in 2013. YOURSTORIES Before leaving the Army, Rick had various clerical and staff postings—the last six years as Chief Clerk, ADF School of Languages at Point Cook and Laverton. From 1982 until his separation in 2002, Rick also represented Defence as a member of the national volleyball team. He toured with the team through New Zealand, England, Thailand and Hawaii, and was Captain/Coach at five Arafura Games. “Throughout my Army career I have always been a people person, helping members both on the field as a coach and at work as a personal administrator,” says Rick. “Once I made the decision to separate from the military, I was fortunate to win a position where I could continue to help members, not only while in service but also when they are leaving Defence.” After his own transition in 2002, Rick started work Senior Transition Officer, Rick Warren, became a Defence civilian after his own transition from Army in 2002. Photo used with permission.