Senator The Hon. David Feeney MP
Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Twenty-one employers of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reservists will travel to the Solomon Islands today as part of Exercise Boss Lift — a Defence program designed to encourage employer support for the Reserves.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney announced that the employers will visit soldiers from the Melbourne-based 4th Brigade who are currently on a four month deployment to the Solomon Islands.
While in Honiara and surrounds, the employers will have the opportunity to see their Reservists deployed on Operation Anode, the ADF’s contribution to the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.
Defence’s Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division (CRESD), which is responsible for employer support for Australia's Reservists, has ensured the Boss Lift program visit will highlight the important contribution made by Reservists in the ADF and will allow employers to experience directly the essential roles played by their employees.
Senator Feeney said the employers will gain a valuable insight into the benefits their employees can bring back to the civilian workplace by being able to observe the skills that Reserve service has developed.
“Exercise Boss Lift highlights the skills Reservists gain from being in the ADF and how those skills can benefit their civilian employers.”
For details about the many programs run by CRESD visit www.defence.gov.au/reserves or call 1800 803 485.
Media Contact: Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664
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