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Civilian employers of Australian Defence Force Reserves have been recognised for their commitment and support throughout 2020 and into 2021 with a thank-you event at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, New South Wales.

Local businesses thanked for supporting Reserves

Alex DeValentin

Civilian employers of Australian Defence Force Reserves have been recognised for their commitment and support throughout 2020 and into 2021 with a thank-you event at Lancer Barracks in Parramatta, New South Wales.

Commander, 5th Brigade, Brigadier Mick Garraway officially thanked the reservists and their employers, presenting letters of thanks and certificates of recognition to around 40 local organisations, from both the public and private sectors.

“The last two years have seen ADF reservists utilised in unprecedented ways,” BRIG Garraway said.

“During Operation Bushfire Assist, ongoing work with Operation Covid 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 occasion.

“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,” BRIG 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.

Army Reservist, Private Yamine De Luna (centre) watches as her civilian employer, Dr Agus Kadir receives a certificate of appreciation from Commander, Headquarters 5th Brigade, Brigadier Mick Garraway, AM. Photo by: Corporal Dan Pinhorn.