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June 23, 2011
FLTLT Baz Bardoe
THIRTY enthusiastic employers in
Victoria have a better grasp of the De-
fence employment of their reservists
following their successful completion
of Exercise Executive Stretch (EES).
The annual exercise was held at
RAAF Base Williams from May 27
EES is an initiative of the Defence
Reserves Support Council.
No. 21 (City of Melbourne)
Squadron provided the facilities, plan-
ning, logistical support and instruc-
CO 21SQN SQNLDR Mike Dance
said that the exercise highlighted to
senior executives the value of hav-
ing reservists as employees through
a weekend of military exercises that
replicated some of the training that
Night-time activities were also
"Over the course of the weekend
we turned 30 individuals into three
teams by emphasising the values of
integrity, courage, teamwork and
punctuality," SQNLDR Dance said.
Activities that challenged the
executives included team-building
and quick decision exercises as well
as individual activities that included
abseiling and firing a Steyr rifle.
A Navy reservist diving team dem-
onstrated the often difficult task of
working in a low visibility environ-
ment, while Army commandos pro-
vided instruction for another activity.
This tri-service involvement was
aimed to provide the participants with
an insight into the diversity of roles
within the ADF.
Participants were also briefed on
Defence support programs which
assist in managing reservist staff.
Defence Parliamentary Secretary
Senator David Feeney congratulated
"Leadership, initiative and team
work are core skills developed and
used by reservists and these skills
are also highly valued in the civilian
workplace," Mr Feeney said.
"Executive Stretch allows employ-
ers to see first-hand how reservists
develop and use these skills."
While some of the executives
found the abseiling a challenge, they
came away impressed with the levels
of knowledge and skill-sets displayed
by the personnel involved.
Joe Tedesco from Coles said he
was impressed with the confidence in
the skills, passion and commitment
that was shown by the reservists.
"I have a much better understand-
ing of what our troops are doing," Mr
"My next step will be to go back
[to Coles] and find out how many of
our people are volunteers, and to rec-
ognise them and their commitment to
ensure they are comfortable that there
is support [from the company]."
Donovan Croucamp from the
Department of Transport said he was
keen to show his employees that he
supported their reserve service "com-
pletely", while Helen Hearne from
Limelight Sales and Marketing said
the "depth and professionalism of the
personnel was amazing".
WEAPON HANDLING: Chris Steel from Computing Directions is instructed
by SGT Simon Mooney, a 21SQN reservist airfield defence guard, on firing a
Steyr during Exercise Executive Stretch at RAAF Base Williams.
Photo: SGT Dave Grant
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