A group of 28 employers from around Australia have deployed on the final Exercise Boss Lift to the Solomon Islands.
This exercise Boss Lift is giving employers an insight into the life of a Reservist on deployment and the opportunity to see the contribution their employees make to the peace and stability of the Solomon Islands as part of Operation ANODE.
From 1 - 4 July the employers are working alongside Reservists primarily from Victoria’s 4th Brigade. The employers are involved in briefings on the Operation, demonstrations of the soldiers’ work, as well as experiencing some of the more routine aspects of military life. Executives from TNT Express, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, John Holland and Ambulance Victoria are among the participants.
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney said by visiting the troops, employers were showing support for their staff.
“Exercise Boss Lift is a fantastic initiative that offers employers an insight into the benefits that Reserve service can bring to the workplace, such as teamwork, leadership and resilience. These are skills that our Defence personnel are using every day, in the service of their nation,” Senator Feeney said.
Over the past 11 years, Defence has taken more than 1000 Australian employers to the Solomon Islands as part of Exercise Boss Lift.
The drawdown of Australian forces from the region will see Boss Lift deployments to the Solomon Islands come to an end, with the focus shifting to domestic Boss Lifts as part of major exercises.
For more information on Exercise Boss Lift please visit:
Senator Feeney’s office: Jeffrey Von Drehnen 0477 348 476
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