Civilian employers of ADF reservists have been recognised for their support throughout 2020 and into 2021 at a thank-you event at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, New South Wales.
CAPTION: Reservist Private Izzy Kim, centre, with her civilian employer, manager Digital Analytics and Business Enablement at HCF Australia Hari Somayajula receiving a certificate of appreciation from Brigadier Mick Garraway. Story by Alex DeValentin. Photo by Corporal Dan Pinhorn.
Commander 5th Brigade Brigadier Mick Garraway officially thanked the reservists and their employers, presenting letters of thanks and certificates of recognition to about 40 local organisations from both the public and private sectors on April 27.
“The last two years have seen ADF reservists utilised in unprecedented ways,” Brigadier Garraway said.
“During Operation Bushfire Assist, ongoing work with Operation COVID-19 Assist and recently with the clean-up of the NSW and Queensland floods, ADF Reserve members have left civilian roles to render service for extended periods of time.
“Defence recognises that the release of reservists has a significant impact on businesses and their operations. You have our thanks and that of the nation for your continued support.”
Lancer Barracks is the oldest, continually occupied military establishment on mainland Australia.
The 1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers provided access to their historic buildings and the unit museum for the thank-you event.
“The unit also provided a display of its Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle capability, with employers enjoying the opportunity to get hands-on with some of the equipment their reservists use,” Brigadier Garraway said.
Defence conducts a range of activities aimed at enhancing the capability of its Reserve workforce and supporting the employers of reservists.
A number of other appreciation events are planned for regions across the country.