Exercise Executive Stretch: NT/K 2017
The Top End's Exercise Executive Stretch (EES) 2017 was conducted across Larrakeyah Defence Precinct, RAAF Darwin and Robertson Barracks during the first week of October.
The Northern Territory and Kimberley Defence Reserves Support Council (DRSC NT/K) and the Defence Reserves Support team engaged three local members of parliament, several prominent members of the Darwin business community as well as Federal and State government executives to partake in EES 2017. Four members of the DRSC NT/K also underwent the challenge of EES which they believe gave them a better appreciation of Reserve Service and aided their ability to advocate for Reservists in the future. Of the 15 participants, all were Darwin residents with the exception of one employer from Alice Springs.
Over the three days participants experienced a taste of Navy, Army and Air Force training and were given what they now refer to as 'an experience of a life time'. Activities ranged from experiencing the wrath of an ADF physical trainer on ground and in water as well as involvement with Naval water operations, manoeuvring a RAAF Explosive Ordnance Demolition Robotic Vehicle, testing their night vision skills, culinary skills with ration packs and repelling under Army personnel guidance.
Some of the feedback included:
'Challenging, fun, worthwhile and a must for any organisation with Reservists on Staff.'
'A "must do" for any employer.'
'Awesome experience and would highly recommend to anyone'.
At the end of the Exercise, our participants not only stretched themselves and faced their personal fears head on but they came out of the ordeal as a team. A team who now have a greater understanding and appreciation of the ADF.
Many thanks to all the staff at HMAS Coonawarra, NORFORCE, RAAF Darwin and Robertson Barracks for making this Exercise a success.
EES participants in the Top End have their endurance tested by participating in capsize drills as part of their water operations training.
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Last update: Friday, 17 November 2017