Monthly Archives: June 2018

VACANCY NOTICE – HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS


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

SE RFCA

Seely House

Shoe Lane

Aldershot

GU11 2HJ

 

Telephone:  01252 357606

Email:  se-offman@rfca.mod.uk

 

Closing date for applications is Friday 20th July 2018.

 

J Taylor

 

J TAYLOR

Association Staff Officer for Chief Executive

 

http://www.serfca.org/

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“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.