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Raytheon Australia acts to support defence personnel and veterans

Wednesday 21 March, 2018

Source: Invictus Games Sydney news item

Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and Raytheon Australia have announced a partnership that further builds on Raytheon’s commitment to champion support for military personnel.
“The Invictus Games is a powerful opportunity to recognise our wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel.  This year’s Games will be held in my hometown of Sydney and I encourage everyone to get behind the Australian team,” said Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence. “As major suppliers to the Australian Defence Force, industry is in a unique position to acknowledge the broader military community in which it operates, and the service of the men and women of the ADF. That is why last year I called on all of Defence industry to support the Invictus Games in Sydney and today I thank and commend Raytheon for responding to this important cause and stepping up in this way.”

The fourth Invictus Games will be held ‘Down Under’ from 20-27 October. Sydney will welcome 500 competitors from 18 nations who will compete in 11 adaptive sports supported by 1,000 members of their family and friends. “We are grateful to have Raytheon Australia join with us on our journey to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018. With more than 35 percent of their workforce made up by former ADF members, Raytheon has long been a champion for veteran’s employment,” said Patrick Kidd OBE, CEO, Invictus Games Sydney 2018, presented by Jaguar Land Rover. “Together we share this purpose and the partnership that we announce today will ensure the Games have an enduring impact and legacy for former military personnel well beyond October 2018.”

This partnership announcement is the latest addition to Raytheon Australia’s continuum of veteran outreach initiatives, which includes support for organisations like Soldier On; the creation of Australia’s first industry-led Veteran Career Translator; and participation in the Prime Minister’s Veterans Employment Program. “We are incredibly proud to support Invictus Games Sydney 2018 and help to create a legacy of ongoing support for Australia’s veterans,” said Michael Ward, Managing Director of Raytheon Australia. “We recognise that supporting our nation’s veterans and honouring their contribution to the national security of our country is a responsibility that belongs to us all. “We also understand the need to assist our service men and women as they transition into civilian life.  This is why we are so focussed on supporting veteran employment initiatives including the Veteran Employment Symposium that will take place during the lead up to the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.”

As Australia’s leading provider of whole-of-life integrated solutions, Raytheon Australia provides integrated mission solutions for the Australian Defence Force for Surface Ships, Submarines, Joint Battlespace Systems and Mission Support as well as training solutions for both Defence and civil customers.  Raytheon Australia was established in 1999 as a full subsidiary of Raytheon Company.  It has since grown to be one of Australia’s most significant Defence companies employing more than 1,350 Australians.

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