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July 9th 2015

Reservists awarded for military service

Two Reservists have been awarded for their military service whilst taking part in an adventure training weekend in Rutland.

The Reservists, Corporal Bruce Fielding, aged 51, and Major Judith Pashley, aged 49, both serve with the Army Reserve’s 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester, and each received a Volunteer Reserve Service Medal (VRSM).

Corporal Fielding, who lives in Leicester, said: “I joined the Army Reserve in 1991. I have really enjoyed my time serving and have completed tours of Bosnia and Iraq as well as taking part in annual camps all over the UK and in Germany. I felt proud to receive the 2ND Bar to my VRSM for my 20 years’ service, as it allowed me to reflect on all the activities I have taken part in previously.

“In my day-job I work for Topps Tiles as a Heavy Goods Delivery Driver, delivering to stores across the country. I originally got my HGV driving licence through the Army Reserve, which helped me to get the job I have now been working in for 18 years.”

Working as a Primary Health Care Junior Matron in her civilian career, Major Pashley joined the Army Reserve in 1992 so received her VRSM after 23 years of military service. She said: “I previously received a Territorial Decoration Medal for my long service after being in the Army Reserve for 12 years, so I was delighted to be presented with the VRSM at our training weekend in Rutland. Being a Reservist has brought many opportunities for me including the chance to travel, ski, take part in military horse riding competitions as well as participating in both operational training and tours.

“I am originally from Cambridge but now live in Old Dalby, near Melton Mowbray. I really enjoy serving with 222 Medical Squadron in Leicester and have met many new friends through the unit over the years.”

222 Medical Squadron joined their sister unit 250 Medical Squadron from Hull to attend an adventure training weekend at Rutland Water from 4 to 5 July 2015. The weekend included a variety of activities such as sailing, canoeing, walking and cycling.

Each of the VRSMs was presented to the Reservists by Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Johnson of 2 Medical Regiment.

The Army Reserve is recruiting, to learn more about becoming a Reservist visit www.army.mod.uk

"I felt proud to receive the 2ND Bar to my VRSM for my 20 years’ service, as it allowed me to reflect on all the activities I have taken part in previously."