Telco boss calls in on his re­servist staff on ex­er­cise

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EX­PE­RI­ENCE: Cap­tain Cameron Atkin­son with Tel­stra Net­work Con­struc­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Gibbs HE might work for Tel­stra but a phone call wasn’t all Townsville Army Re­servist Cap­tain Cameron Atkin­son re­ceived from his boss while on de­ploy­ment.

Tel­stra Net­work Con­struc­tion ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Gibbs has just re­turned from a three-day visit to see Capt Atkin­son in the Solomon Is­lands as part of Ex­er­cise Boss Lift.

Ex­er­cise Boss Lift is de­signed to show civil­ian em­ploy­ers the valu­able work their em­ploy­ees are do­ing when they re­lease them to com­plete their re­servist du­ties.

Capt Atkin­son is cur­rently serv­ing as part of Op­er­a­tion AN­ODE which is the Aus­tralian De­fence F o r c e c o n t r i b u t i o n t o t h e Aus­tralian-led Re­gional As­sis­tance Mis­sion to Solomon Is­lands.

Mr Gibbs said Tel­stra was happy to work with the army to al­low Capt Atkin­son to tem­po­rar­ily leave from his Townsville job to go on de­ploy­ment.

‘‘ Apart from Ex­er­cise Boss Lift, my most re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence with Army was dur­ing the worst of the cy­clone and storm sea­son in Queens­land ear­lier this year, where Tel­stra Op­er­a­tions teams worked in close part­ner­ship with Army and Emer­gency Ser­vices to re­store crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘ The De­fence Force made as­sets, such as Black Hawk he­li­copters avail­able to fly our con­struc­tor op­er­a­tives and other es­sen­tial equip­ment such as gen­er­a­tors into flood-af­fected ar­eas which were to­tally in­ac­ces­si­ble by road. They fur­ther as­sisted by clear­ing ac­cess tracks into some net­work sites.

‘‘ This tour of the Solomons and my ex­pe­ri­ence with the Army, con­cern­ing Queens­land restora­tion ac­tiv­i­ties, has re­in­forced to me the im­por­tance re­servists and army per­son­nel play in de­liv­er­ing Aus­tralian de­fence force ca­pa­bil­ity and in sup­port­ing the nation dur­ing times of ad­ver­sity. They are also in­stru­men­tal in sup­port­ing re­gional sta­bil­ity and, in the case of Solomon Is­lands, sup­port­ing a plat­form for eco­nomic re­cov­ery.’’

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