Hooch comes to Check-6 after 23 years service in the Australian Regular Army, retiring as a Warrant Officer. Hooch has many years of workplace experience developing risk assessments and occupational health and safety programs in a dangerous work environment. He has developed training management plans, course curriculum, assessment tools, instructional techniques and new delivery methods for a variety of military courses. Hooch has analysed existing training programs to determine relevance to emerging workplace needs and recommended changes to the syllabus in a competency based environment.
Hooch has extensive experience as a senior instructor responsible for the design, delivery and assessment of combat training to supervisors and middle managers from army, navy and air force in preparation for operational deployments. Hooch was also responsible for providing technical advice on all aspects of the training cycle: analysis, design, delivery, assessment and evaluation.
His workplace experience, mentoring, teaching and assessing soldiers and officers in command, leadership and management in high risk situations was refined throughout a diverse career. Hooch was an instructor at Australia’s premier training institution The Royal Military College – Duntroon, providing end-to-end officer training across all aspects of leadership and business management for army clientele nationally. Hooch has trained and led Australian soldiers during operational deployments with Australia’s parachute battalion. He has led teams of up to 50 people in Australia and overseas, particularly Southeast Asia.
Hooch successfully completed a 12 month Thai language course at the Australian Defence Force School of Languages, graduating in 2009. He furthered his language skills studying advance language courses in Bangkok and the University of Khon Kaen, in the northeast region of Thailand.
Hooch has a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from the University of New England and an Advance Diploma in Vocational Thai, from the Defence Force School of Languages.
Hooch lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and two children.