Gunner Andreas Iliopoulos from Basingstoke is a Civil Servant and works for DSTL. He has been in the Reserves for 3 years and is a member of 457 Battery (part of 106 Regiment) based in Southampton. He said, “The Civil Service is also very generous, helping with training time with my Regiment and they give me 15 days a year, in addition to my normal holiday. Gunner Iliopoulos was taking part in the Potential Non Commissioned Officers Course on Longmoor at the weekend, he is also currently training for his HVM (High Velocity Missile) Course, and is preparing for his first live firing weekend which will be held in Wales in March.
Gunner Callum Hawksey who lives in Fareham is a Reservist with 106 Regiment Royal Artillery and is a member of 295 Battery based on Thorney Island, in civilian life he is a fitness instructor and has been in the Army Reserve for 3 years. Callum said, “My family have served with 12 Regiment Royal Artillery who are based on Thorney Island and that was what motivated me to join the Reserves, in particularly the Royal Artillery. Callum exercised in Canada last year with the Royal Artillery and is hoping for more opportunities for oversea travel with the Regiment.
Gunner Russell Haley, is a member of 457 Battery based in Southampton, and lives in Pool. Russel works as a Data Developer for an Insurance Company in Bournemouth so enjoys the diversity of his Reserve career. Russell was taking part in the Potential Non Commissioned Officers Course being held at Longmoor last weekend.
Gunner Phill Ashby from Bassett in Southampton is a member of 457 Battery based at Blighmont. Phill works in the construction industry as a self-employed builder and has only been in the Reserves for 18 months, and is working hard to progress in the Royal Artillery. Gunner Ashby is hoping to do well in is Potential Non Commissioned Officers Course which he has been attending at Longmoor training area over the last 4 weekends.
Troop Commander Second Lieutenant David Fuller from Southampton works as a City Councillor in Southampton and also works for the MP Royston Smith as a Parliamentary Assistant. David has been in the Reserves for 6 years – he joined the University Officers Training Corps whilst at University and then when to join the Royal Artillery. He completed his Officers Commissioning Course at Sandhurst in 2016, and said, “It was one of the toughest experiences in my life but well worth it.”
Commanding Officer 106 Regiment Royal Artillery Lieutenant Colonel Tim Pennett TD, who visited his Reservists and members of 12 Regiment at the weekend. He said, “We are paired with and we support 12 Regiment Royal Artillery – as they support us.
Working and training together at this level is important we get to know each other and we get to see how we all operate, so the understanding and bonding of both Regular and Reserves has already taken place.”
He added, “So when we take part in operations the ground work has been done.”