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Defence recognises outstanding Victorian Reservist.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Danna Vale, MP Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

 

25 Oct 2002 MIN 600/02

Defence recognises outstanding Victorian Reservist Victorian man and Defence Reservist Craig Russell has been awarded the prestigious Australian Defence Force Prince of Wales Award for 2002.

Posted to 22nd Construction Regiment in Oakleigh, Sergeant Russell was one of two Army winners of this year’s awards, which were presented at an awards night held recently in Adelaide.

"I congratulate the winners of the Defence Reserves’ 2002 Prince of Wales Awards," Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Danna Vale said.

"The winners, from the Navy, Army and Air Force Reserves, are all excellent role models for members of the ADF and the community alike.

"Our Reserves play an integral role in the defence of Australia, both at home and overseas. Not only are the Prince of Wales Award winners leading representatives of the military, but they also excel in their day-to-day professional lives. They are a credit to their nation," Minister Vale said.

The Prince of Wales Awards recognise individual Reservists’ excellence in both the civilian and military workplaces by providing outstanding Reserve members with travel to Canada, the United Kingdom or the United States of America to gain experience with their civilian and military counterparts.

The aim of the awards is to enhance community and employer support for the Reserves and to encourage employers to support their Reservist-employees for military training and service. The skills and experience gained by the award winner benefit both their civilian employment and the individual’s military unit.

On receiving the award Sergeant Russell said "I’m thrilled to have won. I’ve had a strong association with the military over the years and to win the award has given me a real buzz.

"My employer, the Australian Osteopathic Association, has been a great supporter of my Reserve service. The training I do with the Army brings many benefits to the work I do as an osteopath. I’m looking forward to travelling to the UK where I’m sure I’ll gain invaluable knowledge and experience," he said.

The award, which is considered to be the military equivalent of the Churchill Fellowship, is awarded on an annual basis to qualifying Reservists across the navy, army and air force.

The six winners for 2002 are from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

 

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Photographs from the awards ceremony are available on the Defence Website

www.defence.gov.au/media/gallery/POWA.htm

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Prince of Wales Awards

The Prince of Wales Awards (POWA) Scheme was established in 1984. Its aim is to enhance community and business support for Australian Defence Force (ADF) Reserves and to encourage employers to support their Reservist-employees by releasing them for Defence training and service.

The POWA Scheme recognises individual Reservist excellence in both the civilian and military workplaces by allowing selected Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists to travel overseas to Canada, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA) for training with their civilian and military counterparts.

The Defence Reserves Support Council manages the POWA Scheme, whose patron is His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

The scheme provides training for selected Navy, Army or Air Force Reservists that enhances individual experience and knowledge in their fields of civilian occupation, broadens their military skills and promotes co-operation between national Defence Forces.

Further, the POWA Scheme enhances employer association with the Reserves and Reserve service by establishing effective communication links with the ADF through the DRSC.

Each award allows the recipient to undertake a two-week placement with a civilian employer and a two-week training attachment to a military unit aligned with the member’s military employment and rank.

All Reserve members, ranked from Sergeant to Major (and their Navy and Air Force counterparts), are encouraged to apply for the award.

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