November 15th 2023

Thrills and skills: RAF Reserves undertake annual training on the Isle of Wight

During the first week, the 504 Squadron training team, which is based at RAF Wittering, supported the Medical Reserves’ training. This was led by Flight Lieutenant Nicholson and Flight Sergeant Langston-Jones. For the second half of the trip, Reserves from across RLSW undertook focused training activities to build personal resilience, enhance team cohesion and develop […]

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November 14th 2023

Ambush, camouflage and chemical drills: on exercise with Loughborough Transport Squadron in Germany.

Week one on Exercise Halberd Rise was focussed on transport operations as Soldiers drove 15-tonne support vehicles between Monchengladbach and the Goldrund training area. With a realistic enemy force, they practiced HGV road moves; vehicle camouflage and concealment; vehicle anti-ambush manoeuvres; chemical, biological, and radiological drills; and operating rough terrain forklift vehicles in a tactical […]

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November 3rd 2023

Inspirational Cadets, Volunteers and Reserves celebrated at Lord-Lieutenants’ Awards

Long-serving volunteers with almost 60 years’ experience and outgoing and newly appointed Lord-Lieutenants’ Cadets have also been given their moment in the spotlight for extraordinary achievements. Services for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and Rutland all took place in October, each led by His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant. All of the ceremonies were supported or facilitated by […]

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November 1st 2023

Welcome to the jungle: Leicester student recalls life-changing British Army deployment to Belize

“How would you like to deploy to Belize for 8 months?” asked the Adjutant of 2 Company, Royal Anglian Regiment – Lt Blackman’s British Army Reserve unit in Leicester. The 24-year-old student took minutes to decide and weeks later in September 2022, he was on a plane to Central America. Now, with his boots back […]

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October 31st 2023

Gold for Alstom, Gleeds and Toyota at Ministry of Defence awards

Winners of the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious ‘Gold Award’ for 2023 include Alstom, Gleeds and Toyota Manufacturing UK. Campbell Cain Wealth Management, Everyone Health, Fred Sherwood Group and Rail Operations Group have also been awarded the highest accolade in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for recognising the value of Defence personnel in their business. Completing […]

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October 27th 2023

East Midlands University Officer Training Corps complete Exercise Dragon Summit

Exercise participants made their way to the accommodation in Capel Curig, followed by a meeting discussing ability, qualifications, aims, challenges/constraints and what climbing experience participants had. They also ensured all harnesses, helmets and shoes fitted correctly and refreshed everyone’s memory on both taking in and letting out of rope through a belay game. Finally, they […]

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October 26th 2023

Midlands poppy appeal launched at Foresters’ House

New for 2023 is a fresh poppy design, the first such change since 1987, in a drive to be more eco-friendly. Sales of the new poppies are expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds in Nottinghamshire alone for the Royal British Legion, the country’s largest Armed Forces charity. Reservists were joined by HM Vice […]

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October 25th 2023

East Midlands University Officers’ Training Corps’ coast-to-coast adventure

From the start at St Bees on the west coast to Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast, the Reserves walked close to 200 miles in pursuit of their Summer Mountain Foundation qualification while developing leadership skills and greater resilience. All made possible thanks to grant support from East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations. […]

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October 11th 2023

Exercise Dolomite Eagle qets 12 service personnel Summer Mountain Foundation qualification

Exercise Dolomite Eagle consisted of trekking, navigation and summiting the spectacular and imposing pale rock peaks of the Venetian Alps. The group were based in the very centre of the prestigious Ladin-speaking Dolomite Superski region, which is halfway between the fashionable, well-heeled resorts of Arabba and Corvara (approximately 180 kilometres north of Venice). To begin […]

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October 3rd 2023

101 & 75 Engineer Regiment journey to Belize for adventure training

Exercise Dragon-Blackcat Belize provided members an opportunity to deploy to Saint George’s Caye in Belize, home to the 2nd largest barrier reef in the world, which provides scope to conduct British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) diver training. This expedition was supported by the Richmond Hill Trust Fund, East Midlands RFCA and the Greater London and the […]

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