June 23rd 2014


An Army Reservist is set to conduct a basic vehicle maintenance safety lecture at his civilian work place using both civilian and military vehicles on Uniform to Work Day.

Staff Sergeant Phillip Mabbitt works full-time as a Senior Structural Technician at M-EC Consulting Development Engineers as well as serving as an Army Reserve with 203 Transport Squadron Royal Logistic Corps (158 Transport Regiment) in Loughborough.

Explaining why he decided to organise a vehicle lecture for Uniform to Work Day, which is happening on Wednesday 25 June, Phillip said: “Uniform to Work Day is a great initiative, designed to raise awareness of the work of Army Reservists. Whilst my colleagues know of my military role, this event gives me the opportunity to explain more about my training and share some of my skills.

“We thought a basic vehicle maintenance safety lecture would be ideal as we have a fleet of vehicles at M-EC which we use for client visits, site inspections and transporting equipment. These are driven on a daily basis so it’s important the team knows how to keep them roadworthy and safe plus they are all liveried so when they’re on the road, it means the M-EC brand gets more exposure!

“I will give a short demonstration using some of 203 Squadron’s vehicles including a Land Rover Wolf and a 6 ton MAN support vehicle. To help with this demonstration three other Reserve Soldiers will also so be in attendance. I am confident my colleagues will enjoy this unusual and interactive experience.”

Phillip in his uniform at M-ECPhillip in his uniform at M-EC“One of the highlights of my military career to date has been helping to successfully design and implement a series of training area improvements in Cyprus over the last three years. These projects involved the construction of an Afghan training village in Akrotiri, where I used my engineering background to produce drawings, designs and manage the construction phases demonstrating how my two roles not only coincide succinctly but also that the skills I have learnt are transferable in both directions.”

Captain Ben Wing, from 203 Transport Squadron Royal Logistic Corps (158 Transport Regiment) in Loughborough, said: “It is great news that Phillip has planned to go above and beyond on Uniform to Work Day to help raise the profile of the Army Reserve locally. 203 Transport Squadron are currently recruiting in Loughborough so if you are interested in finding out more about the types of roles available visit us on one of our training evenings.”