Defence Reservists introduce their civilian colleagues to the Navy

Across two days in September, 20 civilian employees and managers were given first-hand insight into what their reservist colleagues do in their military jobs during Exercise Executive Stretch. 

The program, conducted at HMAS Cerberus, saw the civilians experience the Royal Australian Navy swim test, Defence weapons training simulation system, boat work, and fire and flood exercises.

The event concluded with the infamous ‘mud run’ where participants walked, swam and crawled through 600 metres of muddy swamp.

Participant Karina Vitiritti, Geographic Information System Officer for The Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, said it was great to see her employer Lieutenant Commander Pelagia Markogiannakis in her Navy environment.

“Just like in her leadership role at the Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Pelagia was constantly checking up on her team and making sure all were coping with what was being thrown at us,” Karina said.

“It was a real adventure and gave me a perspective of what reservists do for our country in addition to their day-to-day jobs.”

Lieutenant Commander Markogiannakis enjoyed providing her employee an insight into the life of a Navy Reservist.

“I really loved sharing some aspects of my Navy life with Karina, showing her what motivates me and how it assists me in making my civilian team a high performing team,” Lieutenant Commander Markogiannakis said.

Produced by: RYD Communications



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