The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, today announced that 22 Australian employers will join Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists on Operation ASTUTE in East Timor.
“In a very clear sign of support for our deployed troops, Australian businessmen and women will join soldiers from Sydney’s 8th Brigade in East Timor,” Senator Feeney said.
“This experience is a great opportunity for employers to see first-hand, what their employees and our part-time ADF personnel do to support our nation’s interests and regional security.
“This activity is also a practical demonstration of the benefits of a shared workforce. The experience and skills gained in civilian and military workplaces have a complementary benefit for the ADF, the civilian employer, the employee and our nation,” Senator Feeney said.
This visit is part of Exercise Boss Lift, a Defence program organised and run by the Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD). It encourages employer support for Australian Reservists.
While in Dili and its surrounds Australian businessmen and women will see their Reservists in action on Operation ASTUTE.
Operation ASTUTE is the Australian Defence Force’s contribution to the International Stabilisation Force in support of the Government of East Timor.
For more information about the ADF Reserves and the support services available to Reservists and their employers visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves
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