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Marking the important work of the Reserve Forces

The Reserve Forces are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas. Their contribution often goes unrecognised and as such an annual Reserves Day was created to highlight and recognise the valuable contribution Reservists make to the Armed Forces.

Administering justice

In an office block in London, Berni King works as a Court Clerk supporting the administration of justice at a London Family Court. But when she’s not behind her desk or in court, Berni takes on the challenge of being an Army Reservist.

In her spare time, Bernie is trained as an Army Driver with 124 Transport Squadron RLC based at Warley Army Reserve Centre in Essex. The Squadron’s role is to provide logistic support to 3 UK Division as part of the Army’s reaction force.

Berni says: “Being a member of the Reserve Forces has enabled me to fulfill my potential and face up to challenges not available in civilian life. Working as part of a team with like-minded people with strong bonds and shared values is extremely rewarding”.”

Reservist insight

Employers from the West Thurrock Co-op distribution centre received an insight of what it is like to be an Army Driver after a visit to their local Army Reserve Centre.

Co-Op Distribution centre Transport Operations manager Matt Hill and Team manager Kevin Harris were shown around the Reserve Centre by their employee Janusz Jakusz.

In his spare time Janusz develops his driving skills much further as an Army driver with 124 Transport Squadron based in Warley Essex.

Janusz who has served in the Reserves for six years says: “My employers are extremely supportive allowing me time to train and be ready to serve.

The training can be challenging and at times requires absolute commitment. Leadership skills I have developed have not just been on military exercises, in fact one of the highlights of my career has been an expedition to Everest Base Camp.”

This year’s Reserves Day was celebrated on Wednesday 26 Jun 2019.

Janusz Jakusz

The Royal Logistic Corps

RHQ The RLC is delighted to announce that Her Majesty the Queen has graciously appointed Major (Retd) Harry Lomas MBE BEM FIH as the Honorary Colonel of 167 Catering Support Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, with effect 1st March 2021. Throughout his career, Colonel Harry has worked as venue manager at the 2012 Olympics, Executive Head Chef at the Grove Hotel and also as Head of Culinary with Delaware North at Wembley Stadium. Welcoming the Honorary Colonel to the Regiment via a video call, the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jo Young said: “With his background, experience and passion for catering, Colonel Harry will be a superb ambassador and role model for both the new recruits coming in, as well as the more senior members of the Regiment. He has a depth of military and civilian catering knowledge and a remarkable network within the culinary industry which he plans to mobilise to the benefit of the Army Reserve Chef. We are looking forward to working with Colonel Harry to reinforce the unique position of the British Army’s only Regiment of Chefs”.#BritishArmyLogistics #WeSustain #WeAreTheRLC 167 Catering Support Regiment RLC ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to RLC soldier LCpl Stu Elvin of the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre (MTMC), Bassingbourn Barracks, who has received two bronze medals at the World Rowing Indoor Championships 2021. LCpl Elvin has represented the Army in rowing for a number of years. Having individually qualified at the British Championships for the Men's (age 30-39) 500m to race at the World Championships, he was also selected to represent the Armed Forces in the Men's Team race. The races took place on 23 Feb 21, where LCpl achieved third place in his individual race and an hour later, he received another bronze medal as he played an integral part of the Armed Forces Men's Team. His commitment and success in rowing is nothing short of impressive with his ability to balance work, training and family life along with the ongoing restrictions of COVID-19. Competing in any sport at this level requires a unique strength and determination – something which the LCpl displays in abundance, putting in hours of solitary training, where he has had to use his mental resilience to push himself further than most would. ... See MoreSee Less