Executive weekend shows the importance of Reserve

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Will Singer (author), CPOIS Damian Pawlenko (photographer), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West

Topic(s): Training, Exercises, Establishments, Bases and Headquarters, HMAS Stirling, Sport, Fleet Base West, Weapons, Ships, Boats and Submarines, Replenishment Oilers, HMAS Sirius (A266), Submarines (SSG), HMAS Dechaineux (S76), Shooting, Health, Fitness and Wellbeing, Physical Training (PT)

Warrant Officer Mark Karslake shows participants in Exercise Executive Stretch how to use a fire hose at the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety at HMAS Stirling.  (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Warrant Officer Mark Karslake shows participants in Exercise Executive Stretch how to use a fire hose at the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety at HMAS Stirling.

Employers of Navy Reservists participating in Exercise Executive Stretch - held at HMAS Stirling - have learned first-hand about their Defence staff’s invaluable skills.
 
The group were challenged with a variety of leadership and team-building exercises involving weapons firing, exposure to smoke-filled environments, fire-fighting and flooding.
 
The final day consisted of a long hike and tours of replenishment ship HMASSirius and submarine HMAS Dechaineux.
 
Defence Reserves Support (Western Australia) State Manager Lieutenant Commander Simon Gourlay said that Defence Reservists made a commitment to train and serve in the defence and protection of Australia and in doing so received a unique set of skills in return.
 
“Reserve training includes the development of leadership, management and teamwork skills that are expected of managers and executives in the broader community.
 
“Reservists also develop a number of personal skills including self-discipline, initiative, self-reliance and acceptance of responsibility that are that are attractive to civilian employers,” Lieutenant Commander Gourlay said.
 
Perth-based Qantas Operations Manager Murray Hawgood, who was among the civilian participants at Stirling, said Exercise Executive Stretch was a rare opportunity to look behind the scenes at Navy and Defence.
 
"I could sense, particularly from those who were involved in something like this for the first time, how this exposure generated a greater understanding of what Navy and Defence are about, and the role of Reservists in the bigger picture today,” Mr Hawgood said.
 
“We could see the real dedication and commitment of all the Navy people, including those who were involved in organising this opportunity.”
 
Dr Lisa Cluett, Communications and Outreach Director of Perth USAsia Centre at the University of Western Australia, said the exercise provided exclusive insights into the skills and commitment shown by Navy Reservists.
 
"The program brought together people in leadership roles in the Perth community for a weekend to experience the near realities of Reserve military training," Dr Cluett said.
 
"I found it a privilege and a great way to show my support for Defence in general and the Reserves in particular."
 
For more information on Defence Reserves Support employer engagement activities visit www.defencereservessupport.gov.au.