Australia — Exercise Boss Lift Brings in the Bosses

Civil­ian employ­ers of Defence Force Reservists have expe­ri­enced first-hand the con­di­tions and chal­lenges faced by their employ­ees whilst serv­ing on oper­a­tions over­seas.

Twen­ty-three employ­ers recent­ly joined their Reservist employ­ees cur­rent­ly deployed to the Solomon Islands in sup­port of Oper­a­tion Anode. The employ­ers were tak­ing part in a Defence pro­gram called Exer­cise Boss Lift, run by the Cadet, Reserve and Employ­er Sup­port Divi­sion.

The employ­ers expe­ri­enced for them­selves what the deploy­ment was like with demon­stra­tions on police assis­tance drills, first aid, field craft and vehi­cle recov­ery.

Mr Dami­an Moor­foot from Bendi­go Min­ing was impressed by the work being done by the Reservists on the deploy­ment.

“What these guys are doing is real­ly mak­ing a dif­fer­ence here and to see it is some­thing spe­cial and some­thing I will remem­ber for a long time,” he said.

Pri­vate Damien McClure took great delight in show­ing his civil­ian employ­er the day to day life of a sol­dier deployed on oper­a­tions.

“I think it real­ly opened Damian’s eyes to the train­ing and the effort I put into the Reserves out­side of work,” he said.

Brigadier Robert Marsh, Com­man­der of 4 Brigade, said Exer­cise Boss Lift helped to gen­er­ate and strength­en ADF Reserve capa­bil­i­ty by inform­ing employ­ers of the ben­e­fits gained by hav­ing Defence and employ­ers work­ing togeth­er.

“Civil­ian employ­er and com­mu­ni­ty sup­port is vital to Australia’s defence capa­bil­i­ty because reservists now pro­vide such a vital con­tri­bu­tion to Australia’s oper­a­tions over­seas and dur­ing times of nation­al emer­gency,” Brigadier Marsh said.

“We encour­age employ­ers to active­ly par­tic­i­pate in these sorts of Defence activ­i­ties to help them to bet­ter under­stand the impor­tant work a Reservist does.”

The employ­ers expe­ri­enced first hand life on deploy­ment for a sol­dier as well as oth­er activ­i­ties includ­ing cul­tur­al demon­stra­tions on the Solomon Islands and his­toric lec­tures on bat­tle for Guadal­canal dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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