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Cpl Nick Wiseman
COMMANDING troops on
operations has been a career
highlight for Maj Adam King.
Currently serving in
Solomon Islands, Maj King
said he felt privileged to bring a
team of men and women togeth-
er and lead them overseas.
"It's the thing I'll always
remember," he said.
The reserve major enjoyed
showing his civilian employer,
David Trowbridge, what was
involved in his role abroad
when Mr Trowbridge visited on
Exercise Boss Lift.
Maj King commands B Coy,
CTF 635 in Solomon Islands.
A lot of the training in
Solomon Islands has been out
in the jungle -- an environment
unfamiliar to many Australians
-- with harsh humidity and soak-
From February 22-25, Mr
Trowbridge and other employ-
ers visited the deployed reserv-
ists during Ex Boss Lift to
experience first-hand what
the soldiers were doing while
Maj King said the task force
had worked well together to pull
off a great event.
"The few days were great,"
"This exercise gives us
the opportunity to show our
employers what we as reservists
do and the advantages we can
take back to their businesses."
Mr Trowbridge was very
interested in Ex Boss Lift when
he first heard about it.
"The opportunity to travel
over here and see what work
they've done over the past few
months has been very interest-
ing," he said.
"The last few days have been
quite rewarding, especially the
During the exercise, the
reservists put on several demon-
strations for the visitors includ-
ing a live-fire section attack and
an ambush activity.
Connecting base with
troops on the ground
The wisdom of
a Solomons visit
Staff show their bosses around their du
Cpl Nick Wiseman
CANBERRA-based radio operator Sig
Natalie Bush is nearing the end of her
deployment to Solomon Islands.
Her main duties while deployed
involve operating the radio and main-
taining communications between field
activities and the headquarters based in
"I'm still doing my job, it's one of
the key things I looked forward to in the
deployment," she said.
"The infantry, for example, do a lot
of training at different times, but we still
operate the radios 24/7."
With only one month to go in her
deployment, Sig Bush said she had
enjoyed her time in Solomon Islands.
"We've had the chance to explore
the island, including battlefield tours
and hiking to some amazing waterfalls,"
"It's been fun getting to know every-
one, including the locals, and working
on charity events."
Back in Canberra, and out of her
uniform, Sig Bush is an analyst with the
Australian Bureau of Statistics research-
ing at occupation data.
Sig Bush said some people found it
strange but she actually enjoyed looking
"I enjoy getting my hands dirty with
what data looks like, reading and inter-
preting what it means," she said.
"I look into what people think the
term occupation means and interpret it
for use by academics or other organisa-
Sig Bush enlisted in the reserves in
2006 and found many skills crossed
over between her careers -- although
"Definitely skills like teamwork,
communication skills and working in
different environments have crossed
over," she said.
"This has taught me how people can
approach things differently."
Getting the message out: Sig Natalie Bush tells Paul Jelfs about her job as
a radio operator deployed to Solomon Islands.
Photo by Cpl Nick Wiseman
Range of experience: Reservist Maj Adam King joins his civilian employer, David Trowbridge, picking up expended
brass after a range shoot during Ex Boss Lift in Solomon Islands.
Photos by Cpl Nick Wiseman
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