29 June 2024

Armed Forces Day


Keep up to date with the latest from the Armed Forces Day team.

Thank you for helping to make Armed Forces Day 2018 spectacular!

More than 300 events have been held up and down the country over the last two weeks to show your support for our Armed Forces and the work they do at home and abroad. From flag raising ceremonies to parades, men and women from the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, both Regulars […]

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From schoolteacher to op leader: Reservist Colonel Sion Walker

You could say that it has taken Colonel Sion Walker 30 years in education, and about the same length of time as a reservist to get from Aberaeron in West Wales to the Ukraine in Eastern Europe. On the other hand, it took him no time at all to accept the invitation to go and […]

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Engineering apprentice gets extra experience in Army Reserves

Leo Guiseppe loves learning. Not only as a second-year engineering apprentice with his civilian employer Openreach, but also as an Army Reservist. “In the Reserves I’m an installation technician building important infrastructure to support the Army on operations, and for Open Reach I assess whether sites are ready for fibre installations. “Thanks to both Openreach […]

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Life in the Falklands as an RAF Dog Handler: Cpl Sharon Chinn

Sharon is a Reservist with the RAF Police, working as a dog handler. She attested into 614 Squadron in Oct 2015 and soon after joining up and opportunity to travel to the Falklands came up. She left in August 2017 and after an 18 hour flight landed in Mount Pleasant Airbase to take on a […]

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Council officer by day, Royal Marine at the weekend: Lance Corporal Norman

Cambridgeshire based, commando-trained David Norman can boast two careers. When wearing his civilian suit, as a Council employed project officer, he makes sure that the services supplied by Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire district Councils are kept up to scratch. And when he proudly dons the uniform as Lance Corporal Norman, Royal Marine Reservist his […]

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“The mental and physical tests in the Royal Naval Reserve teach me about myself”

Mud runs might be today’s popular test for keep fit fanatics, but even the best would probably balk at the prospect of taking on the gruelling physical and mental challenges that face aspiring Royal Marine and Royal Naval Reservists. But people like Midshipman Fiona Porteous-Ford find such things exhilarating. Eighteen-hour days, taking on the legendary […]

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Making a contribution: Captain Christine Ongoma, Army Reservist

Working as a trainee advanced clinical practitioner for an NHS trust would be a busy enough life for most people. But for Reservists like Christine Ongoma, there’s always the drive to do more. So, after finishing a shift at Whitemoor Medical Centre in Belper in Derbyshire, and at the weekend, Christine often dons a different […]

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Cpl Rochelle Gopee, RAF Reservist and Nurse

Rochelle Gopee is a 28-year-old acute response nurse working for the NHS. It’s a busy job with lots of responsibility and, as the name suggests, can be very high pressure. Which is why her time off is precious, and it’s why it’s important to make the most of it.   So how does Rochelle choose […]

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Two weeks to go! The nation prepares to #SaluteOurForces

There are two weeks to go until Armed Forces Day 2018 and preparations are well underway for more than 300 events taking place right across the country. The National Event in Llandudno, North Wales will be a fantastic celebration of our Armed Forces, and thousands will visit the town to thank them for their bravery, […]

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