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Employers evacuated by their reserve employees

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Senator The Hon. David Feeney Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence - Employers evacuated by their Reserve employees

30 November 2011

The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence, Senator David Feeney, praised 21 employers from across Australia who are participating in Exercise Precision Support 2011 in Townsville and Shoalwater Bay Training Area from 30 November to 4 December 2011.

“Exercise Precision Support gives Australian employers an opportunity to work with their Reservist employees on military exercises,” Senator Feeney said.

“During the exercise employers get first hand experience of the type of training that builds confidence, problem solving and leadership skills in the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“These are transferable skills that are also highly valuable in the civilian workplace.

“This Exercise also showcases the skills of the men and women in the ADF and the important contribution to overall ADF capability made by our Reservists. This contribution is made possible in part by those civilian employers who support their Reservist employees.”

Exercise Precision Support is part of a series of training exercises for the Airfield Defence Guard.

The Guard are participating in the pre-deployment training of the C-130 flight staff preparing for deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).

The Precision exercises also train both the C -130J Pilots and crew who may also be deployed to the MEAO.

During the exercise employers will participate as civilian evacuees and medical patients within the training scenarios at the Evacuation Handling Centre.

Employers will also undertake weapons handling in the Weapons Training Simulation System and observe an explosive detection dog display.

Employers participating in this Exercise include:

· Sumitomo Drive Technologies P/L

· Recruitment Design and Delivery - Australian Tax Office

· Jupiter Motors

· South Australia Police

· Salisbury Private Nursing Home

· City of Prospect

· SAAB Technologies Australia

· Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

· Northern Territory Cricket Association

· Department of Veterans’ Affairs

· Kawasaki Newcastle

· Richmond Club Limited

· Mayor of the Town of Gawler

· Cairns Marine

· Independent Financial Planner

· Smart Fabrication

· Queensland Police

Media Contact: Lorna Clarke 0408 345 730

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