Commander Amanda Howard

CMDR Amanda Howard

Commander Amanda Howard joined the Navy in 1996 from Cairns, graduating from ADFA in 1998. Following initial logistics course at HMAS Cerberus,  she completed her logistics training continuum with postings to HMAS Darwin and HMAS Cairns Logistics Department. An intense two year posting to HQ Joint Logistics Command in Melbourne followed where she supported deployed personnel transition from Afghanistan into Iraq during the 2003 War. For her services in this role she was awarded a Joint Logistics Command Commendation.

Sea postings to HMA Ships Darwin and Adelaide as Deputy Supply Officer throughout 2004 and 2005 followed including a MEAO deployment. An active member of the ships’ Boarding Party and with a follow on South East Asian deployment, this posting remains a personal highlight of her career.

In 2006, Commander Howard posted to the Air Warfare Destroyer Project in Adelaide, where she assisted with the development of documentation prior to second pass approval of this major capital project. 2006 also saw her complete a Masters in Management, specialising in Project Management. A short notice posting saw her return to sea in September that year as the Supply Officer of HMAS Toowoomba undertaking another MEAO deployment.

Defence Material Organisation roles followed at the ANZAC SPO as the Support and Planning Manager, and Collins SPO as the Logistics Data and Requirements Manager. During the second of these postings she established processes to capture and interrogate data from various systems to support the overall Submarine Integrated Materiel Support requirements. This resulted in a range of improvements in maintenance scheduling, availability of materiel, costs and obsolescence of materiel. She also established the first Service Level Agreement between Submarine Branch and the Naval Inventory Procurement Organisation.

In 2012 a posting to the Directorate of Maritime Sustainment Support saw her responsible for a number of key Logistics ICT projects stemming from the Rizzo Review including of development of two Online Courses for the Navy’s Engineering and Maintenance System, the development of an extensive instructor led Configuration Management Course and review of the Navy’s Allowance Calculation Tool.

In 2015 she was able put her personal experience of working flexibly within the Navy to use as the inaugural Flexible Workplace Advisor in the Navy Career Management Agency. This was a key period of time as ADF Workforce solutions and systems were being updated, she developed a communication campaign and championed the need for flexible employment throughout Navy.

2016 saw promotion to Commander and a short posting to DDG Capability Implementation Team  prior to the reorganisation of the Head Navy Capability Division and a move into Navy Logistics Branch as the Deputy Director Policy and Reform.  In this role she was instrumental in the development of the N4 Library and managed a number of major reform activities including the Maritime Logistics Requirements and Sustainment Continuous Improvement Program focused on improving the injection and through life assurance of Navy Requirements into capability development. A follow-on posting as the inaugural Sustainment Manager of the AORSPO allowed her to begin implementation of some of these reform activities in a Maritime SPO as well as be instrumental in the optimisation of Acquisition Deliverables to support the AOR Class in Service.

Commander Howard took Command of HMAS Harman on 2 August 2019.