New Command Warrant Officer for the Middle East Region
24 February 2015
There has been a handover of the pace stick in the Middle East Region following the transition between Australian Defence Force Command Warrant Officers (CWO).
The first senior soldier appointed to the JTF633 Command Warrant Officer position, Warrant Officer Class One (WO1) Michelle Griffith, has concluded her deployment and handed over to RAAF Warrant Officer (WOFF) Scott Brown on 30 January 2015.
The handover highlights the change of the appointment from being an Army position to a tri-service position.
WO1 Griffith said she was very proud of what had been achieved at JTF633 during her time.
“The soldiers, sailors, airmen and women here perform an at times thankless task,” she said.
“They’re jobs that just need to be done, and these guys do them well; it’s been my privilege to be a part of operations in the MER.
“In handing over I definitely feel some mixed emotions, I’d love to stay, I’ve had a great time here – but at the same time I miss my family and it’s time to go home.”
Commander JTF633 Rear Admiral Trevor Jones, AO,CSC said he was thoroughly impressed with the work and focus of WO1 Griffith.
“She epitomises everything I expect from a CWO and certainly exceeds the expectations I believe any two-star would have in one who holds that position,” he said.
“On behalf of myself and my predecessor MAJGEN Craig Orme please accept our very sincere gratitude for all the great work you’ve done for us.”
WOFF Scott Brown said he was ready to fill the large shoes in assuming the role of CWO on this day.
“I’m proud to be serving with JTF633 on this deployment,” he said.
“Although I’m sure the position will come with many challenges, I’m sure it will also be rewarding – I look forward to the journey ahead.”
WO1 Griffith will be returning to Canberra to assume a role with the Career Management Agency.