Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Awards 2018

The winners of the MOD Recognition Scheme Silver Awards for 2018 have been announced, with 41 organisations in the South East recognised for their continued support to members of the Armed Forces.

Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award L

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Congratulations to all ERS Silver Award winners.

The South East Awards will be presented to the following organisations:

Aldershot Football Club
Aquila Air Traffic Management Services
Arc 24 Ltd
Automatic Data Processing Limited
Biscoes Solicitors
Brighton & Hove City Council
Canterbury City Council
Challenger Troop
Chichester College
Clements Technical Recruitment Ltd’ trading as ‘Clemtech’
Crawley Borough Council
East Sussex County Council
Essential Teaching UK
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
Griffin Military & Diplomatic
Heritage Healthcare Windsor
Horsham District Council
Isle of Wight Council
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Kent Fire & Rescue Service
Medway Council
NHS Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Clinical Commissioning Group, and NHS Swale Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Priority Freight
RIFT Group
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
Saga Group Plc
SecureCloud+ Limited
Southampton City Council
Sussex Police
Tesla Motors Ltd
Thames Valley Police
The Crucial Group Ltd
TLI Group UK
Trinity Insurance Services Limited
University of Chichester



151 Regiment RLC, G Troop Reserves

Private Hari Gurung – 151 Regiment, G Troop


Hari came from an Army Background and had always planned to join the Army. Since joining, Hari feels that it has boosted his confidence and he has gained useful qualifications that will help him in his civilian role.

Hari Said:  “I have so many great memories from being involved with the Army but the best thing has been the adventure training.  I have made many new friend and had opportunities to travel both in the UK and abroad.”

RES Bio - Hari Gurung - 151 GTroop


Private Indra Rai – 151 Regiment , G Troop


Indra had previously served in the regular Army for 22 years prior to becoming a reserve. He missed the working environment when he left and felt lucky when he heard G Troop had formed in Aldershot.

Indra said:  “I trained as an infantryman but now have a completely different role in logistics. I am learning new skills and working with different people and the opportunities to take part in a variety of training exercises.”

RES Bio - Indra Rai, 151 GTroop


Captain Bhim Gurung – 151 Regiment, G Troop


Previously a regular soldier, Bhim wanted to continue to be involved with the reserves and was delighted to be able to become the commander of G Troop.

Bhim said:  “As a newly established troop, I have been working hard to recruit new members for the unit.  I really enjoy being involved with the Army and it enables me to continue to keep fit and meet new people.”

RES Bio - Capt Bhim Gurung 151 GTroop


4624 (County of Oxfordshire) Movements Squadron, RAF Brize Norton

SAC Steven Dodd

Steven always wanted to be in the RAF but enjoyed having a regular day job too so the Reserves was the best way to balance this.  He chose 4624 Movements Sqn specifically because of the nature of the movement’s role. No two days are the same and he can do the job for real every time he attends.  There are many opportunities to fly in RAF transport aircraft as a Mover and has met some brilliant people along the way.

Steven said, “I have gained confidence in myself which now translates into everything I do. I have also travelled to parts of the world and met some amazing people, which I wouldn’t have otherwise done. Probably one of the best experiences so far is travelling to Kenya for a week’s work and seeing the animals on safari there.


The best part is being part of something bigger with all these fantastic people from all walks of life. From the recruiters who bring you in, to the members of my flight and to our regular counterparts – an amazing mix of people with a massive range of experience.
I have never been unfit, but initially, this was a bit of a stumbling block for me. However, after being deployed to Cyprus for six months, I came back super fit from playing tennis and squash in my down-time and now I have no problem passing the fitness test (just don’t tell the PTIs that!)”

LAC Catherine Woods 

Catherine had met serving members of the armed forces and was impressed with their personal qualities, such as leadership, decision-making, and bringing out the best in others.  She also wanted to develop those characteristics and by joining the Reserves, it allowed her to do this while also progressing with her civilian career.

As well as being able to work closely with some very impressive aircraft, Catherine found there were many other opportunities available whilst serving in the Reserves.

LAC Woods 4624 Movements Sqn

Catherine said, “I’ve really enjoyed being part of a really diverse group of people from different backgrounds and different places within the UK. As well as my job with 4624 Sqn, I am on the Committee of one of the MOD’s employee networks, working with full-time personnel from all services and ranks, as well as MOD civilians. I really like contributing to making the armed forces a positive and inclusive environment for everyone, so we can all achieve the best for our service.”


LAC Rob Jennings 

Rob joined the Reserves after missing an opportunity to join as a Regular when he was younger. He wanted to experience military life and the opportunities that come with it and the RAF was his first choice.

Rob said  “In my short time with the RAF Reserves I have experienced some excellent training in both Phase 1 Basic Training and Phase 2 Movements training at RAF Halton and Brize Norton. The training has been to the same high standard for me as a reservist as it would have been for a regular. I have gained new friends who will remain friends for the rest of my RAF career and beyond and I feel like my contribution is valued. It has been a challenge combining family, full time work and being a reservist.

LAC Jennings photo

My employer has been supportive throughout, especially during the first 18 months when I needed a significant amount of time off from my role as a Police Officer to complete my training. My family are also supportive and have enjoyed attending passing out parades and visiting the Squadron on Families Day.”


3 PWRR Reserves

3PWRR – Recruit Ryan Bourke

Recruit Ryan Bourke

“Having been born and lived my entire life in Medway, while also having always had the aspiration to join the army, the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment allowed me to join the army reserve whilst also allowing me to serve in a local unit. Currently a recruit, I have experienced various different aspects of life in the army reserves from training on battalion weekends with other company’s to developing skills on parade nights. Both of which help to prepare me for the next phases of my training in which I am greatly looking forward to.

I am particularly looking forward to beginning  my phase Alpha training and further developing my skills as a soldier. Being a member of the army reserves has greatly improved my confidence, as a result of working within a team which has benefited me in both my private and social life while also giving me a great sense of pride from being apart of my local reserve unit.”


3 PWRR – Private Joe Craggs

Private Joe Craggs

“I joined the army Reserve PWRR regiment in the hopes of being able to travel to different parts of the world and have an array of different experiences. Enabling me to be prepared for life ahead. I currently work as a kitchen assistant, living in Chatham and I look forward to my ongoing military career.”



The South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA) is a MOD sponsored organisation which promotes the Reserve and Cadet Forces in the South East, whilst helping to connect Defence in Society.

We are currently seeking a Head of Communication, to be based primarily at our Head Office in Aldershot.  Some travel is involved, for which a company car will be provided.

The incumbent will be responsible for:


> Corporate Communication;

> Community Engagement;

> Public Relations (PR);

> Recruiting Support.


Applicants who have a proven track record in PR and Corporate Communication and a knowledge of the Armed Forces, including Reserves and Cadets, would have an advantage.  They will be a senior member of the management team and will be critical in engaging and influencing very senior stake-holders in the South East, encouraging their support for Reserves and Cadets.

The salary scale for the appointment equates to Pay Band C2 in the MOD Civil Service starting at £31,136 per annum. A generous pension scheme is on offer, together with the company car.

The appointment is for a probationary period of six months in the first instance, after which it may be confirmed to the normal retirement age.

To apply, forward a full cv with a covering letter to:

Mr J Taylor

Support Services Director


Seely House

Shoe Lane


GU11 2HJ


Telephone:  01252 357606

Email:  se-offman@rfca.mod.uk


Closing date for applications is Friday 20th July 2018.


J Taylor



Association Staff Officer for Chief Executive



“Leaders in leadership” A team from 151 Regiment RLC


“Leaders in leadership” A team from 151 Regiment RLC have recently returned from Exercise Trident Safari an African adventure. The mixed team from across the Regiment recently flew out to Kenya to take part in an intense adventure training package. The aim of the exercise was to encourage leadership and team building. After a long journey from London to Nairobi, the team arrived in BATUK (British Army Training Unit Kenya) camp just outside of the city.


After a quick rest and a hot meal, the team moved on to their Adventure Training location where a busy week of challenging activities took place. The first day started with a morning of kayaking, with everyone learning crucial skills such as how to recover after capsizing. This was followed by an afternoon of Paddle Boarding. The team spent the second day mastering their head for heights taking part in rock climbing, bouldering and speed climbing.


Meeting every challenge, the 151 RLC team pushed even further out of their comfort zone during the week taking part in an extremely challenging mountain bike ride. Slippery conditions with long, difficult climbs and sharp descents meant adrenaline was running high throughout.


Major Paul Herlihy who was OC of the exercise said “This was a fantastic Opportunity all for the whole team to fulfil their potential. Towards the end of a busy week of physical activity in Kenya, we found the time to learn more about the local culture by visiting a nearby village. This gave us an insight into traditional everyday life of the local people, from cooking to craft, and beer making to games. On arrival we were warmly welcomed with some traditional dancing, which we were happy to get involved with. It was an interesting, educational experience for all.

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Logistics (Movements) Reservist receives Air Safety Award

SAC Andy Gibbs, a serving member of 4624 (Movements) Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton, has been presented with an Air Safety Award by Group Captain Blackburn, Station Commander RAF Akrotiri.

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Currently deployed to support Joint Movements Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, Andy arrived on shift on the morning of 9 Mar 18 and was tasked with the removal of aircraft steps from a Boeing 737 on Alpha Dispersal.  He noticed that the passenger door handle did not appear to be fully locked and monitored the handle while the aircraft was powered up and pushed back.

As the aircraft commenced taxiing, and the handle had still not located properly, SAC Gibbs immediately informed the Visiting Aircraft Handling Section (VAHS) JNCO of his concern who signalled to the aircraft captain to stop.  Once safely back on chocks, the door was checked by the crew and correctly locked into position.

Nominated for the award by the Station Flight Safety Officer, Flt Lt Leigh Robertson wrote to Andy commenting “You had the awareness to spot the potential flight safety implication backed by the confidence and moral courage to do something about it by saying STOP.  Your actions were correct in alerting the crew to further investigate the issue and ultimately resolve the problem BEFORE the ac got airborne.  A good example for all to witness.  Well done”.

Presentation of the award took place in Apr 18; known locally as a ‘Tea and Cake’ award, as the recipient receives a voucher to spend in Lady L’s (the ‘go to’ eatery on base), SAC Gibbs’ photograph will also adorn the flight safety board.

I feel very proud and honoured to be recognised in this manner knowing I was correct to stop the aircraft when I did; something I am confident I would do again should the need arise” stated Andy after receiving the award.  He had the courage to act and clearly demonstrated the values and standards we should all strive to achieve.