Civilian bosses shown what Air Force has to offer

Civilian employers of ADF reservists visited the Australian International Airshow, at Avalon, to see the best the Royal Australian Air Force has to offer.

CAPTION: Channel 9 News presenter and Royal Australian Air Force reservist Wing Commander Peter Overton with Simon Hobbs, left, testing a flight simulator at Avalon Air Show. Photo by Alex Given.

With some of the Royal Australian Air Force’s best capability on display, it was an opportunity to highlight the work of Defence and the RAAF, as well as the skills reservists bring to the civilian workplace.

One of the special guests was news presenter Peter Overton, who is a RAAF reservist.

Highlights of the airshow included flying displays, military working dogs and the three exhibition halls of industry stalls showcasing various aviation and defence businesses.

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CAPTION: A Royal Australian Air Force member with her military working dog at The Australian International Airshow at Avalon, Victoria. Photo by Alex Given.

ADF Reserves and Employer Support also exhibited at the air show, engaging with industry and the community, and welcoming a visit from Minister for Defence Personnel Matt Keogh.

Head of Joint Support Services Division Major General Douglas Laidlaw said the event was an important opportunity to give civilian employers a taste of Defence life.

“This experience has demonstrated some of the best that the Royal Australian Air Force has to offer, which is a huge highlight for our civilian employers so they understand the type of capability Defence has,” Major General Laidlaw said.

“It’s an opportunity for them to see first-hand the type of work their reservist employee may be involved in, and how these skills can transfer to their civilian workplaces.”

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CAPTION: Civilian employers with ADF Reserves and Employer Support staff, as well as Major General Douglas Laidlaw and Wing Commander Peter Overton. Photo by Alex Given.


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