South West Reservist and Cadet News - August 2017
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Plymouth physiotherapist goes off-road with the RAF Reserve

RAF Reservist Lexine Jones from Plymouth has been learning off-road driving skills on the testing sand dunes of Braunton Burrows in North Devon.During the week, 30-year-old Lexine works for the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust as a physiotherapist in a school for children

and young adults with complex disabilities and learning needs.

But on at least one weekend a month she reports to 505 (Wessex) Squadron at RAF St Mawgan, near Newquay, as Senior Aircraftswoman Jones.

Lexine is no stranger to the RAF uniform having transferred earlier this year from 4626 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.  Read more.

Centerprise International signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Army military intelligence Reservists gathered on the deck of the SS Great Britain in Bristol to witness the signing of the Armed Forces Covenant by leading information technology provider Centerprise International.

The Covenant commits the company to upholding its principles by supporting the Armed Forces community. In particular, it recognises the value that serving Regular and Reserve personnel, cadets, veterans and military families bring to Centerprise and the nation.

Centerprise chief executive officer Jeremy Nash signed the Covenant on behalf of the company, witnessed by Major General James Hockenhull OBE, Colonel Commandant of the Intelligence Corps.   Read more.

6th Battalion The Rifles, demonstrate the L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - short video

Army Reserves from 6th Battalion The Rifles, demonstrating the L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun. An essential addition to any infantry battalion.

Candlelight Care in Wimborne presented with Armed Forces Covenant Bronze Award

Candlelight Care in Wimborne has been presented with the Armed Forces Covenant, Defence employer Recognition Bronze Award, five months after becoming the 190th organisation in the South West to adopt the Covenant.The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the

Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Businesses, from sole-trader to multinational, public bodies or charities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

Candlelight Care offers homecare and live-in care services and has pledged to support service personnel and their families through flexible working, and to support at least one Forces charity this year. The latter pledge will be fulfilled on 15th July, when the base holds a charity quiz in aid of the Royal British Legion at the British Legion Club in Wimborne.  Read more.

South West Health and Safety firm signs Armed Forces Covenant

Local company SSG Training and Consultancy have become the most recent organisation to adopt the Armed Forces Covenant in the South West; one of only 1,300 businesses across the UK to have done so already.The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Businesses, from sole-traders to

multinational, public bodies or charities who wish to support the Armed Forces community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

SSG’s covenant will cover the whole of the South West region. The company will endeavour to provide support in the employment of veterans young and old and service spouses and partners.  SSG will support their own employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces as well as offer support to local cadet units in the community.  Read more.

Army Reservists of 165 Port & Maritime Regiment take to the water in Plymouth Sound

Army Reserve mariners and marine engineers of 165 Port and Maritime Regiment honed their skills on an agile, water jet-propelled Combat Support Boat (CSB) in Plymouth Sound during a regimental training weekend.

The 5-tonne CSB is a powerful, versatile craft whose major role is to support both bridging and amphibious operations and can be lifted out of the water afterwards by a Royal Logistic Corps mobile crane.

Reservists with 165 Regiment also learn to operate Mexeflote powered rafts and work alongside Regular counterparts at 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC at home and around the world.  Read more.  Image credit paulbox© 


Reservist Alice joins Royal Naval Sailing Association team for Lake Como R200 event

Royal Navy Reservist Alice Smith is part of a four-boat Royal Naval Sailing Association team taking part in the RS Eurocup at Gravedona, Lake Como, last month.

The event forms a training camp for Royal Navy Dinghy Sailing Team, which will be competing in the RS200 and RS400 Eurocup races.

The RN Dinghy Sailing Team comprises eight sailors drawn from Regulars and Reserves and is preparing for the Inter-Services Asymmetric Championships in September.

Alice, 29, from Taunton, is a recruiter with HMS Flying Fox in Bristol when she is not working on Exmoor as a watersports and outdoor pursuits instructor for SW Lakes Trust.  Read more.

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The Wessex Reserve Forces' & Cadets' Association is an independent, non-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting the 3,700 tri-service Reservists and 15,000 Cadets across the South West.

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Reservists come from all backgrounds, regions and jobs and get paid to train in their spare time. The Reserves cover all three services - Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Marines Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Air Force Reserve.
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