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SAC Kirsten Tulloch (52) and her global travels as a Reservist Mover have inspired her son to join the Royal Air Force.

Kirsten became a reservist in 2014 after talking with RAF Reservist Recruiters at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT). She thought she was too old to join, but the Recruitment Team encouraged her to apply and within 9 months she had joined 4624 Movements Squadron at RAF Brize Norton.

Since then her role has enabled her to travel to the United States, the Middle East, Belize, Cyprus and Africa. As a Mover, this involves the specialist movement of personnel and equipment which will be used on operations or exercises. Kirsten has logged many hours in the back of the RAF’s transport workhorse – the C17 Globemaster.

“There is always the opportunity to get involved in so many interesting and exciting activities that I would never normally get the chance to do,” she said.

Kirsten was recently promoted as a senior manager for IBM within process transformation. IBM are very supportive of her reserve work.

“My reserve role is so different to what I do at work,” she said. “IBM love the fact that I am a reservist and do provide two weeks’ additional paid leave to undertake reservist work”.

Kirsten feel that the skills and experience she has gained as a reservist have been useful in her civilian role.

“I am more confident and I think that is part of the reason I was offered promotion,” she said.

Her enthusiasm has rubbed off on John, one of her twin sons. In February 2017, John graduated from Phase 1 training at RAF Halton and he is now in Phase 2 training to become an RAF Chef.

She said, “It was such a pleasure to see my kids motivated by what I am doing. I was lucky enough to attend John’s graduation, where we were both in uniform. That was unforgettable.”


If you are interested in learning more about 4624 Movements Sqn or other RAF Reserve opportunities, please ring the Recruiters on 01993 897712 or email

RAF Reservist moves to marry partner

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Cpl Craig Elsey (44), a Reservist Mover with 4624 Squadron based at RAF Brize Norton is getting married soon – and he’s got his Reserve Service to thank!

Over the past six years as a Reservist, Craig has served around the world in his role as a Mover. This trade involves the safe and secure movement of people, cargo and equipment anywhere it is needed at any time.

He has recently been promoted to acting Corporal in his squadron. This was the moment where Gemma, his partner, reminded him of his promise.

“I had always told Gemma I wouldn’t propose until I had Corporal stripes on,” he said. “As soon as I got them she said, ‘Right then…it’s time’.” The couple plan to marry in 2018.

In 2014 Craig was deployed for three months to Camp Bastion as part of Operation Herrick and he has been deployed to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus as part of Operation Shader.

For the last 20 years, Craig has worked as a team leader for British Airways first at Gatwick and now at Heathrow.

“BA has been very supportive of my Reservist work. They allow me time and flexibility to fulfil my commitment to the Reserves and give me an extra five days’ leave for annual training”.

Craig is proud to serve in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and is thankful for all the experiences he has had since joining.

He said: “My Reservist Service all started with a chat in the pub to some friends. Since then, I’ve become part of a bigger family, travelling to some amazing places. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t like it, but it is important to understand that the more you put into Reserves, the more you will get back.”

One of Craig’s proudest moments was when he marched in the Lord Mayor’s Show with 4624 Sqn colleagues.

“I marched in my No.1 uniform, with my Afghanistan medal pinned on,” he said. “We were marching behind the Queen’s Colour Squadron and I couldn’t puff my chest out any further with pride. That was when I really felt a special part of the Royal Air Force.”


If you are interested in learning more about 4624 Movements Sqn or other RAF Reserve opportunities, please ring the Recruiters on 01993 897712 or email

Royal County of Berkshire Army cadets have most successful shooting year


Cadets from the Royal County entered a Nationally organised ACF small bore competition with 600 entries and run under civilian National Small-bore rifle  Association rules.

Of the initial squad of 12, 10 managed to shoot well enough in the first round where the top 200 competitors could continue into the second round

After a further round of shooting 7 of the team were in the top 100 of the whole competition and have been awarded the coveted Cadet 100 badge 2016/7 to wear on their uniform.

4 of the team entered last year and this was the first year for the remainder of the squad.

2 Cadets, CSM Kelly and Cpl Egereva, shot well enough to be selected for the ACF l team to shoot in the Junior Inter-Services Small-bore match, The Whistler Trophy  and have been awarded their National Colours.

LCpl A Egereva of 9 Platoon Caversham is to be commended to achieving second place in the overall Cadet 100 competition for the second year running.

In order to get to this high standard of shooting  Cadets had to attend a minimum of 10 training sessions between September and October and further shooting in February for the second round of the competition.

For further information on Cadet competition shooting please look at the CCRS (Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting ) website

C/SM J Kelly               Whitley            Riles

L/Cpl A Egereva         Caversham     REME

C/SM G Manning        Caversham     REME

Cpl H Lee                    Woodley          REME

Cdt F.O’Higgins          Woodley          REME

Cdt C Stevens            Caversham     REME

Cpl C.Turner               Caversham     REME

Introducing the very first New Style UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach in the UK

Sea Cadet Adult Volunteer – Sub Lieutenant Monty Smedley from Southampton has become the very first person in the UK to qualify as a UKCC Level 3 Surf Kayak Coach. Monty who is the SCC Headquarters Staff Officer for Paddlesports gained the new award very recently after completing a very tough training and assessment program which included:

  • A three-day core training course in 2015 which is common to all Coaches on the Level 3 pathway. This was followed by two days of discipline specific (surf kayak) training at Westward Ho! In North Devon. On completion Monty then had to find two mentors, one to advise on coaching practice and one to advise on technical delivery. Both mentors had to watch the sessions he delivered over a one year period.
  • Finding 2-4 committed cadets who would sign up for a year long process including goal setting, monthly sessions and attending a final assessment day.  Two cadets, identical twins Sophie and Beth from Salisbury unit, signed up, each with individual goals, each completing 21 sessions with Monty over a 12-month period.
  • Planning the long-term student’s development into sessions, agreeing dates around school work and other commitments, running sessions on the water, reviewing and then writing up all of the information into a portfolio, which was nearly 200 pages when complete.
  • Submitting the final portfolio for review and undertaking a final full day’s assessment in Bude, North Cornwall

As part of the process Beth and Sophie took part in a surf competition and both achieved their BC 3* Surf Kayak Award.

As you can see from what was required this was a long process, which amongst work, family and other SCC commitments took up most of Monty’s free time!

S/Lt (SCC) Monty Smedley RNR is a long-term SCC Volunteer who has been an Instructor in the organisation since 1994. Now aged 41 He is still as committed to the SCC and Kayaking as he was when joining as a cadet at York Unit in his teens. Monty gained his BCU 1 Star award in 1991 and became a L2 Coach/Assessor in July 2000 since then he has built up a large portfolio of BCU (latterly Canoe England) Qualifications using them both as a coach and a committed paddler.

Written by Lt Cdr (SCC) Ray Mitchell GCGI RNR

Oxfordshire Army Cadet Force

Tyler Jeffs

Sergeant Tyler Jeffs – Banbury Jordan Detachment – Oxfordshire Battalion

Tyler became a Cadet as a number of his friends had enrolled and thought it was something new to get involved with.

Tyler has enjoyed the challenges of overcoming many obstacles including Fieldscraft, Physical training and has progressed to become a senior cadet within his company.

He feels that it has made him far more rounded as a person and developed skills that he never thought he has, all while making life long friends.

Tyler has found it inspiring to be able to support the younger cadets in learning new skills and developing themselves as people, which has helped him develop his own leadership and teamwork skills.

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Cadet Megan Robins–Bourton – Bicester Detachment – Oxfordshire Battalion

Megan Robins-Bourton has wanted to work with the Army since she was little and was encouraged to joined by her Dads friends who helps with the Cadets.

Joining the Cadets has helped boost Megans confidence and with meeting lots of news friends, she feels that it has helped make it easier to socialise with people.

Megan has overcome a lot of fears since enrolling with Cadets and really enjoys activities that she didn’t think she would.  She said:  “It is really good fun and I definitely recommend joining up.”

Aleaha Stuart

Corporal Aleaha Stuart – Donnington Bridge – Oxfordshire Battalion

After seeing of the experiences that were available with the Cadets, Aleaha signed up to become a Cadet at Donnington Bridge.

With hard work and practice, Aleaha has overcome the skills she wasn’t so good at and believes it has made her more confident, self reliable and focused.

Aleaha believes that it has changed her for the better and best part of being a Cadet is all the friends she has made.

Why I became an Adult Volunteer

Wendy White

Adult Under Officer – Wendy White – Y Company, Hampshire and IOW ACF

Wendy White is an Adult Under Officer with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force.  After her sons enrolment as a Cadet, Wendy was impressed with his boost in confidence, his health improvement and general attitude to school and other activities.

Initially out of her comfort zone, Wendy has become a ranges safety officer and has learnt a range of skills from teaching, teamwork right through to skill at arms.  Wendy found that the skills and experiences she has learned, reflected well in her work.

Wendy said; “I wanted to give that support to teenagers and learn new skills myself.  I absolutely love it and I have met some amazing people.”

Sarah Sturgeon

Flight Lieutenant – Sarah Sturgeon – 2260 Waterlooville Squadron ATC

As a Cadet previously, Sarah wanted to give back some of the fantastic experiences she had herself with the Air Cadets.  Sarah took on a failing Cadet unit and with her hard work and dedication, has lead the unit on to become South West Region Marshall Trophy Winners.

Alongside helping Cadets achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Sarah has also successfully graduated in City & Guilds in Youth Leadership and Management, which she believes has complemented her work with the RAF.  Her employers are very supportive of her role as an adult volunteer and give her 5 days annual leave for her work with the Cadets.

Chris Spratt

Captain RMC Chris Spratt – Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps – HMS Excellent

Chris Spratt is an adult volunteer with Portsmouth Volunteer Cadet Corps.  After being a cadet himself, he wanted to give back to the community what he learnt from his time with Cadets.

Chris described his real sense of achievement whilst working with brilliant youngsters and helping inspirational young people develop into Responsible and Dependable Adults.  He also feels that it has enhance his Leadership and Planning Skills which brings an added benefit to his employers.

Andrea Colpitts

WO2 Andrea Colpitts – RMVCC (Portsmouth) Whale Island HMS Excellent

Andrea Colpitts became involved with the Cadets after her son as a Cadet with the RMVCC.  He has returned to the cadets as an Adult volunteer.

Andrea enjoys motivating the children and it has become a big part of her life.  She finds great joy in watching the young cadets grow into well-adjusted young adults.

She finds it heart-warming knowing that she has made a difference to the children and that they will take their skills and experiences into adulthood.

Wellington College CCF Royal Windsor

Report from Wellington College CCF:


Three of our top CCF riders competed at the Royal Windsor International Horse Show to compete in the prestigious Inter-services competition in the Castle Arena. Annabelle Turner, Millie Hockenhull and Georgie Murrin rode brilliant rounds to finish on a team score of 16 faults: Georgie ended up finishing as top individual in the first round in the fasted time with no faults, while Millie had a few undeserved poles, but rode incredibly well despite a very last minute change of horse! Annabelle had just one unfortunate pole, but coached round her home-produced young horse like a true professional.


After an anxious wait, we found out the team had made it into the top 12, so were in the jump off for the placings in front of Her Majesty The Queen! After a mounted parade of all the horses to Her Majesty, Georgie Murrin was selected to jump-off for the placings. She was extremely quick, but had an unfortunate two poles down. The pressure was immense with a full stadium, media and of course The Queen watching, but Georgie was very calm under the circumstances! The team finished in 6th place and the girls were absolutely fantastic; Demonstrating their riding finesse and proving to be excellent ambassadors for the college and CCF. It was a great day enjoyed by all!