Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

The Nation celebrates military Reservists

Reserves Day today honours the work and commitment of our dedicated Servicemen and women who make up the UK’s Reserve Forces.

From bin men to builders, and postmen to parkour athletes Reservists represent a huge variety of careers across the country and today is a chance to highlight the incredible commitment they make.

Reserves make up one sixth of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force and are integral to protecting the nation’s security at home and overseas, including UN peacekeeping operations around the world in Cyprus, South Sudan and Somalia.

 

Pictured are members of 2 LANCS acting as civilian rioters facing the reserve soldiers from 4 LANCS during Public Order drills. 4th Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regt. are now going through the final stages of their validation training in readiness to deploy to Cyprus on Operation TOSCA. Op TOSCA is a six-month long mission to maintain the status quo, peace and security along the buffer zone or Green Line which separates the Turkish north from the Greek south in Cyprus which was annexed in 1974.
Reserve soldiers from 4 LANCS during Public Order drills, training in readiness to deploy to Cyprus on Operation TOSCA.

Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, Mark Lancaster, who is today attending a UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial in London to improve peacekeeping around the world, said:

Reservists are a vital part of our Armed Forces and make a massive contribution to operations in the UK and overseas, including UN peacekeeping operations, to which they bring an incredible variety of skills and experience.

And just as important are the knowledge and skills they gain from the military which they take back to their employers. All our Reservists give up their time to serve their country and it is an honour to celebrate the work they do.

 

Chief of the Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, said:

Reserves deliver critical operational capabilities for Defence every day, across the globe and across the range of operations.  Integrated with their Regular counterparts, as part of a Whole Force, they do an incredible job.  We are indebted to these men and women who give up their spare time to serve the nation.

Reserves Day is an opportunity for all to recognise and celebrate both the work of the Reserve Forces and each individual.  We are extraordinarily proud of our Reservists: it is important we tell them, and show our gratitude on this day.

 

Reserves Day is also an opportunity for the hundreds of employers across the country to recognise their Reservist employees.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon officially launched 2016’s Reserves Day at a recognition reception, hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday, attended by over 100 Reservists and their employers including National Express, the Scottish Ambulance Service, HSBC, Vodafone and BT among others.

 

 

 

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This year also saw the 1000th signatory from the private sector to the Armed Forces Covenant which promises flexible and supportive commitment to reservist staff.

 

Reservist, Kingsman Danny Harrison, 25, a Liverpool based Parkour athlete and teacher who serves with 4th Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster Regiment, has just taken part in pre-deployment training for an upcoming deployment on Op TOSCA, the British contribution to the UN Peacekeeping mission in Cyprus.

 

He said:

 

I joined the Reserves because I just wanted to try something different, and I absolutely love it, it’s been one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

I’ve learned so many skills since joining the Reserves that I never would have learned normally. The things I have been taught about public order are skills you don’t really get the opportunity to learn in civilian life.

 

Image of Kingsman Danny HARRISON, 25 from Liverpool, doing a backflip. 4th. Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regt. are now going through the final stages of their validation training in readiness to deploy to Cyprus on Operation TOSCA. Op TOSCA is a six month long mission to maintain the status quo, peace and security along the buffer zone or Green Line which separates the Turkish north from the Greek south in Cyprus which was annexed in 1974. 113 members of 4 LANCS (nick name The Lions)who are all Army Reservists and 91 personnel from the regular 2 LANCS along with support elements will make up the total 257 British Army soldiers who will fly out in two weeks to take over the Operation from 36 Engineer Regiment RE. Part of the training involves Public Order drills seen here in the photos. The troops, who are recruited from Lancashire and Merseyside will swop their head dress for the blue United Nations beret before flying to Cyprus. One of their duties will be to patrol the Green Line using mountain bikes which in one sector is only 10 feet wide seperating Greek and Turkish forces. Other areas the buffer zone is 2 kilometers wide. Watching his soldiers train in Longmoor Camp was the CO 4 LANCS, Lt Colonel Tony ROYCE. For many of the volunteers this will be the first operational tour they have been involved in. Out of the 113 Reservists, all but one of their employers were unable to release them from their jobs to spend six months in Cyprus - an example of the excellent support from employers for the Reserve Armed Forces. Pic-Richard Watt
Reservist,  Kingsman Danny Harrison, 25 from Liverpool, who is a parkour athlete doing a backflip.

 

As of 1st July 2016 there are 27,670 fully trained Reserves across the three services. There are a total of 35,090 Reservists in the Armed Forces including fully trained and those undergoing their initial training.

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