The impact the reserves has, and the solutions that they contribute to the armed forces community really cannot be understated enough. One of the pieces of work that I was most proud of pre-pandemic (remember those times?!) involved my unit and I coming together for a weekend and investigating how resilient we are as a nation, in the face of a worldwide disaster – be that manmade or natural.
We looked at areas of risk such as energy, food, medical, architecture and water to name but a few. Some of the reports that we were able to produce by bringing these fantastic minds together – business leaders and entrepreneurs in their day jobs – provided invaluable insight for the betterment of our country’s resilience.
Who would have thought that only a few years later we would indeed be facing a global crisis and pandemic situation?
Knowing that there are units across the country working on crucial projects and intel such as this fills me with great pride and comfort. And, not only that, but the sense of belonging and the camaraderie that comes with being a reservist is second to none.
The other area of my work that I am proud of as a civilian and a reservist, is supporting young people, particularly around the development of enterprise skills, something that I have been doing since 2009, and continue to do through my different ventures, including our Cadets in Enterprise programme. These young people will undoubtedly become the future leaders of our country in years to come, and supporting their development is something that Colonel CM Riley ACF has been doing relentlessly for a long time – I am very proud to be working alongside him on these projects.
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