“Leaders in leadership” A team from 151 Regiment RLC


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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

SAC Kirsten Tulloch – 4624 Squadron, RAF Brize Norton


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Why did you become involved?
 
I have always been a naturally energetic and adventurous person and I like a challenge. At the age of 49, single, and with my kids grown up, I was looking for something new, different and really challenging, something worthwhile that would get me out and about in my spare time, without spending a lot of money! I got chatting to the personnel on the recruitment stand at RIAT in 2014 and I could see immediately that an RAF Reservist role could tick all the boxes for me. Encouraged by my older brother (ex-Royal Navy) I signed up!
 
What have you gained / experienced?
 
I have gained a completely new skill set, made many new friends and travelled across the world to loads of interesting places – basically, all the goals I set out to achieve when I signed up!
 
What has been the best part of being involved?
 
Meeting new people, travelling all over the world and making lifelong friends, but absolutely also the immense respect that my role a s a Reservist Mover has generated amongst my family, friends and work colleagues, a number of whom have been inspired to get out and do more themselves! I am extremely pleased that one of my sons has since joined the RAF!
 
There have also been numerous opportunities for adventure training. Most recently I participated in Ex Vixen Eagle, which involved cross country skiing, an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable experience!
 
What has been the biggest challenge / something you had to overcome?
 
Learning the role, gaining enough knowledge and confidence to work comfortably in a different, high pressure environment, the time commitment necessary and maintaining a good work/life balance… it’s all a continuous challenge, but that’s why I love it!

Why be SOCIAL on Social Media


Using Social Media today

The internet never sleeps and every platform you offer online gives your business a virtual 24-hr showroom. This allows potential customers to research your product or service after business hours, and in the privacy of their own home. Providing an online presence not only gives a customer access to your key messages and services but also allows customers to interact with the quality of our posts. Your web and platform presence reaches out to huge audiences who pass by your virtual doorstep or who are signposted directly. Lastly, you are “Brand Building” which in turn allows you to build the customers trust in your product or services.

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From a strategic point of view, use your online platforms to Attract, Engage, Signpost and follow up.

The Top Tip is in the word SOCIAL…

  1. Show Off Your Brand

Create a Social Media presence, engage with your audience, show the value of your product and think about what brands you follow and what makes them follow you? Do not become a robot just drip-feeding to a timeline, consider quality, content and approach. Be social, share your experiences and put your own personality behind it.

  1. Organic Posting

Once you have identified your tops posts, consider paid ads and boosted posts to promote them, put your money behind what works. This will then allow a bigger audience to see your successful posts and you will get more value for your money.

  1. Content Delivery

Create more than one shareable item to signpost your traffic. Consider a video, a good news story or a quality jpeg flyer to accompany one another, so if one fails the other will deliver.

Ensure your digital content is always of the highest quality, branded and easy to follow.

  1. Interaction

Attract and engage with your customers. Be social, leave comments, share and leave reviews to show you can interact and have an opinion. Allow your platforms to become a tool for providing customer service, engagement and an additional point of contact.

 

  1. Limits

Do not over stretch yourself by creating too many platforms. Create 2-3, giving them time and effort will give you the best return on investment. Consider your strategy and where to signpost your audience, plan and be passionate about your goals.

 

Above all else remember be SOCIAL

 

 

 

The Royal Navy


Commander John Gardener

Commander John Gardener has been the head of the Royal Navy Presentation Team for ten months and was previously the Chief of Staff to the Commander of the Amphibious Task Group.

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He believes that the Armed Forces Briefings are important for the Armed Forces to explain to the general public and to other audiences, what they are for and what their part is in the Nation’s Defence of Security and events like the AFB are perfect to do just that.  They also show where the Forces are in their particular community.  Where they are locally and regionally explaining not only what we are doing but also what our linkages are with society based around military personnel based in their area.
 

Lieutenant Commander Heather Lane

Lieutenant Commander Heather Lane is the Royal Navy Media Operations Specialist Officer and was previously the Staff Officer on the Navy Command Engagement Team in Naval Headquarters.

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Heather believes that with the decreasing footprint of the military, the Armed Forces Briefings are the first exposure to what the Royal Navy and its Reserves do.
It is vital to keep the community connected to the nations Armed Forces and to win their support.

 

Captain Dutch Holland to run London Marathon for Just Rifles


Captain “Dutch” Holland, a Royal Green Jackets & 4 Rifles Rifleman since 1979 and still serving in today’s Local British Army Reserve unit, 678 (Rifles) Sqn will be running the London Marathon 2018 on behalf of Just Rifles, in a few weeks’ time.

 

 

Throughout his military career, Dutch has been assisting Riflemen in many ways.  More recently to help them adjust to civilian life. A keen ultra-athlete and mountain leader, during the last seven years he has raised thousands of pounds through various charity events, enabling less fortunate Riflemen to maintain a decent quality of life when they have found themselves in unusual circumstances. This year Dutch has been lucky enough to gain a ballot place in this year’s London Marathon and will run it in aid of Just Rifles – a registered military charity – in order to keep our Riflemen and their families supported through difficult times in the future.

 

By running this year’s London Marathon, it is his aim to honour the 55 Riflemen who were killed (one sadly who was a local man “Rfn Andrew Fentiman”), the 252 Riflemen who were wounded and the 453 British Army Soldiers that were killed in action in Afghanistan. Throughout the marathon, Dutch will be wearing five different Just Rifles charity shirts, coordinated by his support team. He will begin in a normal Just Rifles running strip, Running Number 9056. Dutch will run the marathon as follows:

 

  1. At the 55 mins point of the event Dutch will change into a shirt stating 55 Rfn KIA.
  2. At the 2hr 52 mins point, he will change into 252 Rfn wounded in action (WIA).
  3. At the 3hr 07 mins, he will change into 307 total killed or wounded.
  4. Dutch then intends to complete the event in 4hrs 53. Representing the 453 service personnel men and women killed on Op Herrick.

 

Can I please now ask that you to visit the Just Rifles Just Giving page and donate as much as you possibly can to continue to help those Rifleman and their families.  We all must, as good proud citizens, continue to give as much as we can, both in physical support and in financial terms, keep raising awareness to our service men and women for many years to come. You can follow Dutch’s progress on the Rifles donations page, the Strava running app, Twitter and Instagram, by searching for Dutch Holland.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dutchhollandmarathon

TS Ark Royal Sea Cadets


Cadet First Class Lio Bradbury – TS Ark Royal

 

After hearing about how much fun the cadets were, Lio signed up to take advantage of the qualifications available such as rowing, sailing and kayaking.

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Julia said: “There are a lot of waterborne qualifications but there are also many practical aspects such as learning to live in the wilderness.  The best parts of being involved are making new friends and all the courses, plus overcoming challenges such as attempting to put on a wet suit.”

 

 

Cadet First Class Will Bradbury – TS Ark Royal

 

Will became a sea cadet after the enrolment of his brother and decided he wanted to try something new himself.

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Finding some of the sports challenging, such as windsurfing, Will has gone on to learn many of the water sports including rowing and powerboating.

Will said:  “I have learnt how to speak to people and get involved. My favourite part has to be meeting new people and getting involved with the community.”

http://www.serfca.org/Cadets