Air Force reservist Flight Lieutenant Michael Holding admits being stood down from his civilian role as a pilot because of COVID-19 impacted his family greatly.

However, Flight Lieutenant Holding said he was putting his energy into providing support to the combined efforts to respond to the pandemic. 

“I am the air liaison officer to Joint Task Group 629.4 in South Australia,” Flight Lieutenant Holding said.

“I advise and coordinate all Air Force assets and personnel to the task group.

“The highlights have been liaising and communicating with other ADF units and external South Australian Government agencies in working towards a common goal of protecting the community."

Flight Lieutenant Holding has used his skills to give back to South Australia. 

“The biggest challenge has been shifting my mindset and skillset from being an airline pilot and applying that to the task group or external agencies," Flight Lieutenant Holding said. 

The reservist said he was pleased with helping the task group.

“The role gave me a sense of purpose when my primary occupation and ability to earn money for my family was taken away,” Flight Lieutenant Holding said.

Defence reservists are from all professions and trades within the community. They’re highly motivated people who take on training and service with enthusiasm and commitment. Reservists can develop excellent networks and have skills that can be transferred directly to their civilian organisation, such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and communication.

Further information on the Reserves can be found at: https://www.defencereservessupport.gov.au/