The Parliamentary Secretary of Defence, Senator David Feeney, has commended 30 Victorian employers who will spend the weekend with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves at RAAF Base Williams (27-29th May).
Employers are participating in Exercise Executive Stretch (EES). This is a Department of Defence program which provides employers with a range of experiences that highlight the skills of Australian Reservists.
The employers represented are Ballarat Health Services, Bunnings Group, Clayton RSL Sub-Branch, Coles Group, Computing Directions Australia, Country Fire Authority, Deakin University, Department of Transport, Gannawarra Shire Council, Jemena Asset Management, Limelite Sales and Marketing, Rosebank Engineering, Sportsnet Corporation, The Courier and TransfieldServices.
Personnel from 21 Squadron, Melbourne’s Air Force Reserve unit located at RAAF Base Williams in Laverton, will conduct the exercise.
Senator Feeney said the program demonstrated the benefits of Reserve service to employers and supervisors.
“Australian employers are genuinely impressed at the nature and extent of the skills taught in the Reserve,” Senator Feeney said.
“Leadership, initiative and team work are core skills developed and used by Reservists and, of course, these skills are also highly valued in the civilian workplace.
“Exercise Executive Stretch allows employers to see first hand how Reservists develop and use these skills. Employers will undertake abseiling, decision making exercises, team building activities including water safety and night time operations,” Senator Feeney said.
During the weekend, participants will also be briefed on Defence support programs which can assist in managing Reservist staff. The weekend also gives employers an insight into the commitment and challenges of being a Reservist.
For more information about EES and other Reserve programs visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves or call 1800 803 485.
Lorna Clarke – 0408 345 730
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664